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The 22

No 17

BOG MYRTLE (SWEET GALE)

Myrica gale

Before the introduction of hops to Great Britain, and possibly as early as the 11th century, bog myrtle was one of the chief components of a herbal cocktail known as “gruit”, used to flavour and add bitterness to ale. Some believe that the subsequent use of hops was an imposition of Protestant hardliners on a Catholic populace who were given to wildness and excess - driven by the stimulating and allegedly aphrodisiac qualities of the perfumed gruit ale.  Hops tend to have a sedative effect, as any regular beer-drinker will attest. The truth may be more pragmatic and political, with the switch to hops actually designed to neuter the monopoly of the monasteries on gruit production.

Some believed bog myrtle to have magical properties when brewed with ale and it is said to have been a constituent of a drink concocted by Norse warriors to make them fearless and fearsome in battle. They became known as the Berserkers and were said to fight in an uncontrollable trance-like fury. These Úlfhéðnar were known as Odin’s own warriors: “[Odin’s] men went without their mailcoats and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields...they slew men, but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them.”

Articles

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Foraged Drinks
Early Bath

3oz. of Botanist Gin and 1oz.

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Forager's Shrub

50 ml the Botanist Gin 5ml Jujube and Longan Vinegar 60 ml Foragers Cordial 1 Lemon Saffron Oil 

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Tansy Fizz

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Our Foraging
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A rolling photo essay exploring what's about us at the distillery this week. 

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Events

Sampling at John Lewis, Oxford Street, London

Looking for the  chance to combine our two favourite things Gin and shopping?

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Scotlands Natural Larder - Teaching foraging in Gaelic

 Scotlands Natural Larder Training the trainer event.

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The Green Lab - BLEND in Brussels

BLEND is a new event in Brussels created by the Green Lab team.

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