“Stranger,
here you will do well to linger; here our highest good is pleasure”
Epicurus

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September 30, 2020

Lo! sweeten'd with the summer light,
The full-juiced apple, waxing over-mellow,
Drops in a silent autumn night.
All its allotted length of days
The flower ripens in its place,
Ripens and fades, and falls, and hath no toil,
Fast-rooted in the fruitful soil.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Broken Clock’s recipe comes from English country gardens and classic 18th century botanicals.

And one particular botanical in our recipe is windfall, organic apples, gathered from the idyllic garden at Shandy Hall in Yorkshire.
IMG_0600_20-09-28_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Apples.jpg Once the home of Georgian era writer Laurence Sterne, Shandy Hall is located in the sleepy village of Coxwold, a village where time seems to have stood still for centuries.

At the end of Sterne’s old garden there stands three ancient orchard trees which are at this moment heavily laden with a record crop of ripe apples, waiting for the Autumn breeze to coax them onto the soft grass below them.

One tree proffers tart, waxy Bramley apples while another bears a bright red crop of tangy John Downies crab apples. The third tree is thought to be a forgotten local variety and provides bitter-sweet apples with a curiously taut texture.

A basket of each is collected and added to our traditional copper pot still, where their distinctive flavours combine – along with the superior British wheat spirit and classic botanicals – to create Broken Clock, a characterful, timeless and rather quintessentially English vodka.