Spring to life: Unique new Yorkshire Gins made with water from ‘mystical river’
Mineral water flowing up from ancient springs beneath Raisthorpe Manor is being harnessed to create two distinctive – and very local – new gins.
Award-winning Wharram drinks producer Raisthorpe Manor is using the waters of the ‘Gypsey Race’ for the company’s first ever Raisthorpe Distilled Dry Gin and Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Dry Gin.
The Race, a chalk stream that runs under the Raisthorpe Manor garden and through villages across the Yorkshire Wolds is thought to have mythical properties and, according to folklore, bring good luck to those who drink from it. In 1632, the banks of the river were also said to have provided shelter for Queen Henrietta Maria as she protected herself from flying cannon balls during the English Civil War.
The crystal clear spring water is distilled in the traditional way by Master Distillers for the Raisthorpe Distilled Dry Gin, which is also infused with fresh botanicals and local watercress, thought to have been farmed around the Gypsey Race floodplains around 100 years ago.
Already famous for its innovative fruit liqueurs, including a Damson Gin and Sloe Port, Raisthorpe Manor is also producing a Raisthorpe Oak-Aged Gin from the magical water. After being infused with aromatic botanicals in the copper still, the gin is rested in whisky barrels to give it a smooth, mellow flavour with a hint of vanilla and spice.
"Our two new gins have been two years in development, and we are thrilled to see them finally come to fruition,” says Julia Medforth, who runs Raisthorpe Manor with husband David. “Like all our products, local and fresh ingredients are the key and it’s wonderful to be using water from our own garden spring and watercress from local farms to give the drinks that special Raisthorpe touch."