OUR THOUGHTS

THROUGH THE DRAGON’S EYE

 Food for thought from the perspective of Tom, Slake’s founder, distiller and forager. This blog is a distillation of articles about booze, land and learning to thrive as part of nature.

Award winning Sussex Gin at the Great Taste Awards 2019

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Slake Spirits was awarded two 1-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed both as drinks that...

Lost in distillation – How can independent spirit brands stand out?

This blog is in response to a recent article posted by Nate Brown, a distinguished figure in the spirits & cocktail world, on the Master of Malt blog. As a small-indie producer, it's probably a bit unwise to critique analysis like this from industry experts....

Elder (Sambucus nigra)

With a wide natural range, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, this UK native plant features heavily in folklore and tales vary from region to region. Some myths say that the elder tree can ward off evil spirits or provide protection from witches. Conversely,...

Our Sussex Dry Gin Method

Sussex by the Sea Sussex is known as a county home to those with an 'independence of thought'. Our unofficial county motto is 'we wunt be druv' which is a Sussex dialect way of saying 'we won't be driven'. In other words, that we don't like being told what to do or...

Martini – Everything you need to know

If there was ever a time to have a strong opinion, it’s when you order a Martini at the bar. That’s why reading this will give you the confidence and know-how to ask for exactly what you want and not a drop more. Read on to discover your perfect Martini.

Foraging

Most health experts would encourage you to eat a 'varied' diet, but this can be hard in the modern world where the food that is cultivated for agriculture is much less diverse than what is naturally available. This is one of the most attractive aspects of foraging....

The pursuit of pleasure…

Have you ever noticed that whether something is 'good' for you or 'bad' for you seems to change all the time? I often find my inbox spammed with things like '10 'Bad' Foods That Are Good For You'...

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