English spirits brand The Apiarist has added a classic-style gin, inspired by bees, to its core collection.
Propolis is the company’s fourth release in under a year, following its original honey-infused Apiarist Gin, the pink Forager Edition Gin, and The Apiarist Rum.
Husband and wife team Alex and Natalie Conti founded the company in 2020 as a way to use surplus honey from their bee hives. They originally began making spirits to fill a hiatus in the operations of their main business during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Propolis Gin, the couple say they wanted to create a “more traditional” gin while still incorporating elements of their brand’s beekeeping roots. It contains botanicals inspired by bees, including its namesake, propolis – a compound created by bees from beeswax and tree sap.
Alex Conti said: “The Apiarist spirits collection 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 (or ‘bee forest’) which holds the inspiration behind Propolis.
“Since officially unveiling our ‘bee forest’ this summer, we have seen an increase in the number of bees as we continue to restore native hedgerows and plant wildflowers and trees on the local piece of land we have dedicated specially to this cause.
“Due to the ongoing success of The Apiarist range, we wanted to introduce a brand-new product with yet another inspiring story behind its creation and distillation process. As one of the only gins on the market to contain this distinctive ingredient, we enjoy knowing that our bees have (yet again) made something to be proud of and can’t wait to see how Propolis is received by both new and existing customers alike.”
Bottled at 40% ABV, Propolis is available in a 70cl bottle (RRP £39) from The Apiarist’s online store.