West Country Liquid Magicians

09 February 2017
Robert Birse

This month we are unashamedly championing some of our West Country heroes from the wold of drinks. Garden Tiger, The Collector, Psychopomp and Black Cow have three things in common.

  • They all craft stunning beverages.
  • They all champion natural, high quality British ingredients.
  • They are all based in Worzelshire.

Psychopomp Distillery

A Bristol based producer co-founded by a friend of Yurtel’s Danny Walker, who started distilling in a Montpellier basement 4 years ago.

2016 saw the opening of their new micro distillery and gin bar on the site of an old pharmacists store atop St Michaels Hill.

Their core offering, Woden, is made with a beautiful range of botanicals: coriander seed, angelica root, cassia bark, grapefruit zest and fennel seed. Their distillatory alchemy also extends to a series of seasonal gins and the occasional one off specials. Enthusiasts have to be quick out of the blocks though as “small batch” really does mean small batch at Psychopomp.

You can also experience their elixirs at The Old Book Shop in Southville.



25ml Psychopomp 'Pinga' Gin

25ml Manzanilla Sherry

100ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic

Lemon wheel

Sage leaf


Fill a tall slim glass fresh ice, add the Gin and Sherry and top with the tonic. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sage leaf.

This long refreshing cocktail is perfect for brightening up a spring afternoon. The bright chamomile notes in the gin work perfectly with the crisp dry sherry and the herbaceous tonic water. The sage leaf finish adds depth and bring out the savoury nature of the sherry.

Link: http://www.microdistillery.co.uk/
Contact: info@microdistillery.co.uk

Black Cow Vodka


Pure milk Vodka; a nonsensical statement up until 4 years ago when Jason Barber (a West Dorset dairy farmer and cheese maker) invented a process whereby the whey separated during the cheese making process is fermented and then distilled to create this remarkable spirit (an understandably more detailed version of the method can be found on their website).

Part of the beauty of Black Cow is that the its only ingredient used to be thrown out as a by-product of the cheese making process – genius!

A striking, clean and smooth English vodka of outstanding quality with a unique creamy character.

A seasonally warming way to enjoy their tipple:

40ml Black Cow
5ml Amaretto
10ml Maple syrup
10ml Liem juice
80ml Apple juice
3 slices fresh ginger

Muddle the ginger in a milk frothing jug or small saucepan.
Add the rest of the ingredients, and heat gently until a light vapour emits.

Double strain into a teacup.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

The Capreolus Distillery


We stumbled across the rare and complex Garden Tiger Gin on a ramble around the Cotswolds a few weeks ago, once we heard they created their own range of Eau de Vie’s we had to find out more.

As we are now speechlessly in awe of one man’s passion for the Natural world - and his ability to distil some of the the tastiest liquids we’ve ever tried – we highly recommend you head over to their website to read the full story.

Whilst we can not recommend their Gin highly enough we have chosen to focus on the breathtaking excellence of Garden Tiger’s Eau de Vie of HMJ Apples aged in Mulberry barrels.

Perfect served at room temperature in an appropriate vessel and a sensation in a simple classic cocktail.

Link: http://capreolusdistillery.co.uk/
Contact: Barney through their website