A few weeks back I was invited to The Alchemist on New York Street to try out some concoctions from the guys at Chase Distillery.
William Chase, founder of Chase Distillery is the man behind Tyrrell’s crisps, of which I was a huge fan of back when they were released. Having come from Worcestershire, they hit a lot of our pubs before they hit the market. Tyrrells was sold, but William wanted something new to turn his potatoes too and researched distilling a lot, starting with vodka, he’s never looked back. Chase pride themselves on quality not quantity, after all 16 tonnes of potatoes makes only 1000 litres of alcohol! Chase Distillery have since moved into flavoured vodkas and more recently gin!
We started out trying some of the spirits, to get an idea of the taste. I have to admit I found both the vodka and gin from Chase to be very dry. As much as I like a dry gin, whereas Mr W does not, the taste is a lot more harsh neat compared to other gins. I didn’t find the notes of the way the spirits were made to be particularly easy to taste. We then went on to try mini cocktails of Chase products, sadly these were unnamed as they were for the showcase only.
So Chase use organically grown cider apples from the family farm; fermenting them into cider, then distil them into ‘Naked’ Chase. They then re-distil this with eleven carefully considered wild botanicals and naturally pure water taken from the aquifer running underneath their cider apple orchards. To play to the use of apples the gin cocktail contained apple liqueur, lemon juice and was topped with soda for a refreshing feel. A perfect summer cocktail and dampened down the dryness of the Chase Gin.
We also had a fruity cocktail that used the Seville Orange vodka from Chase coupled with fruity liqueurs, which was rather sweet for me, but Mr W rather enjoyed it. However, the theatrics using dry ice were pretty fun to watch! The Alchemist barman are very good at putting on a show.
I’d just like to thank The Alchemist New York St for inviting us down to come and try out the cocktails, I just wish the apple one would be added to the menu!
Have you tried any of the Chase Distillery products before? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I attended this event free of charge, as ever all opinions my own.