Artisan drinks label, The Apiarist, has expanded its signature collection of honey-infused spirits with the introduction of an exclusive blended aged whisky.
As the latest product line to be released by The Apiarist since the brand and its unique concept was first established just 16 months ago, The Apiarist Whisky joins three unique gins, a 100% British rum and a limited-edition malt spirit dubbed ‘The Drunken Bee’ which was created especially for the festive season in 2021.
Reminiscent of the rest of the range, the well-rounded whisky is soft on the palate and boasts a beautifully smooth, balanced finish having been naturally infused with the highest quality honey that has been harvested from the home apiary of The Apiarist founders, Alex and Natalie Conti.
Co-founder of The Apiarist, Alex Conti, explained: “The Apiarist spirits label is just one element of a wider environmental project that was created as part of a sustained effort to promote biodiversity within our community. In addition to a growing range of natural honey-infused products, the project also includes an ‘Adopt a Hive’ initiative and a unique pollinator-friendly planting scheme.
“Due to the ongoing success of The Apiarist range over the last 16 months, we wanted to introduce a brand-new product with yet another inspiring story behind its creation and distillation process. Our honeybees gathered the nectar of over 100,000 flowers to make the honey needed for one bottle – that’s more than 4,500 miles in flight! We enjoy knowing that once more, our bees have made something to be proud of and we can’t wait to see how The Apiarist Whisky is received by both new and existing customers alike.”
Keen beekeepers (and husband and wife) Alex and Natalie Conti founded The Apiarist in September 2020 after they expanded their home apiary during the first lockdown and used the surplus of honey to embark on the production of a small batch of the original honey-infused Apiarist Gin, which was subsequently rated ‘Excellent’ in The Gin Guide and has won a star at the Great Taste Awards. Now, the first shipment of The Apiarist Gin is in production to be exported to Japan, where it will be sold in a number of top restaurants, bars and hotels across Tokyo.
The growing collection currently consists of The Apiarist Gin’s ‘blush pink’ expression labelled the ‘Forager Edition’, The Apiarist Rum, a unique ‘Lichfield’ (London) Dry Gin dubbed ‘Propolis’ and most recently ‘The Drunken Bee’ which was the result of a one-off project during last year’s holiday season. Made using a complex rapid ageing process, the malt spirit makes the perfect base for a Hot Toddy or an adult hot chocolate.