Bashall Spirits Damson & Elderberry Gin


Bringing to life flavours from the past through long-cherished family recipe books from Bashall’s home in the idyllic village of Bashall Eaves in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.


Bashall Damson & Elderberry Gin harks back to a time when flavoured wines and beers were commonly created from hedgerow ingredients and orchard fruit.


Bashall’s fruitiest gin – Damson & Elderberry – is based on a Damson wine recipe. Damson trees were very common features of English orchards, and the twist Anne gave to her wine recipe is the addition of rich elderberries, which grow abundantly in fields and woods across the UK even today. The fragrant flowers of the elder bush have become very commonly used as a flavour in recent time, but the delicious berries are inexplicably largely overlooked.


Taking inspiration from recipes for these home-made tipples, this gin perfectly balances rich damson fruit, sweet-tart elderberry and classic juniper.


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About Bashall Spirits:

The inspiration for our gins – both the botanicals in our London Dry and the flavour combination for our flavoured gins come from two handwritten recipe books passed down for generations in our family. We came up with the idea for Bashall Spirits when we realised that our love of gin was the perfect route to bring these traditional recipes to a wider audience.

The oldest book was collected and written Anne Taylor, my great*8-aunt in 1750. She has extraordinarily beautiful handwriting and the book is lovely.

The second book was collected and written by my great*5-grandmother Jennet Worsley around the middle of the nineteenth century (she didn’t write a date in it). Jennet is an old Lancashire name common in our family, and is my middle name. It’s a fascinating book – although her handwriting isn’t quite as neat and photographic as Anne’s!

The books contain a huge range of fascinating recipes including ones inspired by current events like the Great Exhibition, but the most common theme is using seasonal ingredients that grow locally in the Lancashire hedgerows and woods. These are the ones that we are particularly interested in and the ones that mainly inspired our gins. The botanicals in our London Dry, on which all our flavoured gins are based, includes traditional Lancashire flavours that can be found in every hedgerow like caraway and Cobb nuts, to locally-growing fruit like cranberries that used to be commonly used in Lancashire recipes but which we now don’t associate with the area at all – but they still grow in Moor Piece, the wildlife reserve in Bashall.

Type: Bottle
ABV: 40%
Quantity: 70cl
Provenance: Bashall Eaves