A gorgeous and unusual vodka liqueur made from the tender spring leaves of the Beech tree grown in our very own ancient woodlands, Waterclose Copse.
Everything about the English Beech tree (Fagus Sylvatica), from its smooth grey bark, brilliant green leaves and strange three sided nut is curious and beguiling. Beech is a remarkable wood used in everything from drums to clogs, being light in colour, stable and exceptionally strong. Divining sticks are traditionally made from beech twigs and in France the leaves were used to to stuff mattresses as an alternative to straw. The French called these lilts de parlement - speaking beds. Ooh la la!
In mythology the beech tree has long been associated with love, femininity and wisdom, and has always been referred to as the Queen tree, the Oak being the King. Her edible nut and dense protective canopy are a powerful symbol of nurture and protection.
We were inspired to make our Beech Leaf Vodka Liqueur by the ancient drink Beech Leaf Noyau, and by the abundance of beech in our woodlands, which in the spring play host to a stunning carpet of English bluebells that perfectly compliment the blue-grey bark and vivid green leaves of the beech in spring. We pick our beech leaves early in the season when they are delicate and tender. Then steep them gently for months to create a smooth, fresh flavour that is totally unique and brings a smile to your face.
Includes one 20cl bottle and two shot glasses. All natural ingredients.
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