West Somerset Garden Centre launched its own gin called Solstice yesterday (Saturday). It has been distilled by a local company based on Exmoor who produce the award winning gin "Wicked Wolf" that is the top seller in the centre's farm shop.
Shop manager Fiona Johnson said: "We have been involved in the whole process, tasting various samples until we were happy that the flavour was perfect – it was a tough job but someone had to do it! We also came up with the label design, colour and even the wax top to compliment the company colours."
Jayne Webber, Managing Director, came up with name "Solstice" as the summer one is a celebration for the coming harvest and the winter one is for rebirth of the sun, a life giving light and regrowth.
It is a limited edition, just 149 bottles have been produced. They are individually numbered and several have been reserved already. It is priced at £33.95, very reasonable for an Artisan Gin and is available instore or through the centre's web shop.