A Welsh gin distillery which creates drinks from foraged wild flowers has found itself in the final of a nationwide awards designed to find the next culinary big thing.
Now in its fifth year, The Young British Foodie Awards is an annual event that seeks out new, visionary talent in food and drink across the UK, and the Dyfi Distillery’s Pollination Gin – the ingredients for which are source from the Snowdonia foothills, right down to the estuary marshlands – has made the shortlist of hopefuls.
The Dyfi Distillery, which opened in March and is based at Corris Craft Centre near Machynlleth , first released the botanical concoction – dubbed ‘a sensory journey through Dyfi’ – as its second limited release spirit in June, to coincide with World Gin Day.
It’s owned and run by brothers Pete and Danny Cameron with input from both of their families.
Pollination Gin made with hand foraged wild flowers, aromatic leaves, fruits and conifer tips. @DyfiDistillery Wow!! pic.twitter.com/broRmPKsyn
— James Yeadon (@JamesYeadon4) 10 August 2016
Pete, who has lived in the Dyfi Valley for 35 years and runs a small hill farm with his wife, is a local forager and beekeeper with a scientific background.
Danny is a wine and spirits professional with 30 years’ experience, including as an international standard judge, and the brothers started planning the distillery two years ago.
The company’s first batch of Dyfi Original Gin quickly sold out.
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