Honey, honey, how you thrill me

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IN col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RHS), craft dis­tillery Warner Ed­wards has launched a Lim­ited Edi­tion Hon­ey­bee Gin (left), which has been named as Fort­num & Ma­son’s Spirit of the Month for Oc­to­ber. In the vil­lage of Har­ring­ton, Northamp­ton­shire, part of the Warner fam­ily’s Falls Farm was once the park and gar­dens of a medieval manor house and the wa­ter used in the dis­til­la­tion of the gin is from a nat­u­ral spring on the land. Bal­anc­ing 28 zesty botan­i­cals from the Falls Farm gar­den and an in­fu­sion of honey, each bot­tle is sold with a packet of bee-friendly wild­flower seeds and a por­tion of the pro­ceeds go the RHS. The launch has also in­spired Warner Ed­wards to de­velop its own bee pop­u­la­tion, honey from which will be used in fu­ture batches of the Hon­ey­bee Gin. ‘What a knock­out flavour!’ says founder Tom Warner. ‘We’re thrilled to do our bit in rais­ing aware­ness of the plight of the hon­ey­bee and en­cour­ag­ing the plant­ing of wild­flow­ers.’ £40 per 70cl bot­tle; avail­able at www.warnered­wards.com or in Fort­num & Ma­son (www.fort­nu­mand­ma­son.com)

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