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Bara Brith Gin – Snowdonia Spirit Company makes first ever gin celebrating the Welsh favourite tea loaf, Bara Brith.


Now for the first time there is a very special new addition, Bara Brith Gin. A beautiful expression of the unique recipe of the Welsh tea loaf and a recipe that lends it’s self very much to a spirit version.

Dried and candied fruits, aromas of sweet orange and spice and subtle background flavours of tea all contribute to this new Welsh gin, distilled in the heart of Wales.

Bara Brith has had a special place in the hearts of generations of Welsh bakers, whether it be on special occasions or for that delicious, just baked aroma and taste, this traditional Welsh tea loaf is very much a national Welsh icon.

Bara Brith, translated as speckled bread, has a rich recipe of dried fruits, spices and tea and bakers would often vary slightly the ingredient mix and it is said that there are 1000 different recipes, but only one Bara Brith.

Bara Brith Gin is indeed very much on trend, with the flavoured gin market experiencing a huge increase in demand, especially in the last 12 months, with reports of gin sales topping 73 million bottles to year end June 2019 in the UK, up nearly 10 million bottles on the previous year and the flavoured gins sector growing the fastest.

With five consecutive years of double digit growth gin is still the fastest growing category in total alcohol and the drinkers interest in new gin flavours shows no sign of slowing down with both retailers and bars significantly increasing their gin offering.

New flavours bring new cocktails and new drinkers too, all throughly enjoying the great new tastes that were just not on offer 5 years ago.

The Snowdonia Spirit Company, makers of Love Spoon Wild Fruit Gin and their signature Welsh Gin, say that flavour innovation is the key to the success of their full strength gin selection, Welsh gins celebrating tradition with great taste and Bara Brith Gin certainly delivers.

The label is quite special too. Renown environmental landscape artist Alan Rankle has created a special painting for the reverse of the Bara Brith Gin label. Alan’s interpretation of the Welsh landscape is evocative and wild and is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the Snowdonia Spirit Co to adorn their gin labels.

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Snowdonia Gin’s  flavour innovation

Snowdonia gin is a new, modern gin that delivers delicate plum and citrus notes, layered over juniper, oak and soft spice.

This recipe innovation brings flavours local to Snowdonia to produce a beautifully smooth and modern tasting gin.

With sales of gin in the UK topping 60 million bottles in the year end June, 2018, there seems no let up in the growing demand for new and interesting flavours in the gin category. Flavoured gin spirits are strongly on trend and it is the addition of unique botanicals that are creating a very interesting choice for gin drinkers.

With the an ever increasing selection of mixers for your cocktail and garnishes ranging from fruit berries to herbs and spices, the humble G&T is certainly having its finest hour.

Snowdonia gin creators say “ It’s all about the taste .. flavour innovation is producing some quite outstanding and interesting gin spirits and we equally have really considered our recipe.”

Snowdonia Gin chose botanicals that had a natural home in Snowdonia region including juniper, plum and oak.

Juniper grows wild in Snowdonia but the juniper population is declining in the UK, due mainly to a lack of seedling habitat.

Most juniper berries for the UK gin trade come from Italy and are hand foraged, juniper is not cultivated and just grows wild.

“ Our juniper berries for Snowdonia Gin are imported, this helps protect the natural UK grown juniper. The key is to source berries that offer a quality of flavour, as batch by batch there can be differences in the maturity of the berries, this can affect the taste, so sustainability of botanical quality is key to sustainable and great taste “

Plum also has a home in Snowdonia with the Denbigh plum claiming one of the finest plum tastes so it was a natural addition to our Snowdonia gin recipe.

“ We also chose plum due to its richness and intricate taste, it’s quite mouthwatering on the palate and once distilled produces a beautiful delicate fruit sweetness that really compliments the juniper. Plum and lemon are equally great taste bedfellows, they compliment each other and their pairing in the gin produces a quite memorable taste experience.

The Snowdonia region was once covered in Oak trees and today the most common tree in the Snowdonia National Park is Welsh oak.

“ With the addition of Oak bark we bring a slight hint of soft vanilla which combined with selected spices delivers a very smooth taste to the gin.

“ We created a very modern gin and we are very pleased with the final taste, it’s still true to being a dry gin, but with a unique flavour,  that has its heart in Snowdonia. ”

Snowdonia gin is available from good food and drink outlets or online from www.snowdoniagin.com