Unsurprisingly full of orange zest and marmalade.
Bittersweet orange, juicy, natural flavour, mouth-coating texture.
The orange goes on for several seconds after the swallow, very pleasant.
Originally intended as a limited release, Chase Marmalade is a firm favourite of vodka and cocktail lovers. Made from their hallmark potato vodka, this is a wonderfully realised fruit flavoured offering.
First, they take the peel from Seville oranges and steam heat them in a pressurised environment. This piece of equipment is something you would be more than likely to find in the perfume industry, but it does a wonderful job of creating the marmalade flavour of this spirit.
These peels and then steeped in the potato vodka for 48 hours. After the maceration, the spirit is then re-distilled. In the botanical chamber of the still they hang Egyptian cotton pillowcases stuffed full of orange peel. The vapours are passed through the chamber, which provides the final product with more fresh orange flavours.
The bottle itself is incredibly easy to recognise, with its striking orange colour and screen printed design. Chase has once again found a way to distinguish themselves from the other bottles on the back bar.
The home of Great British spirits is found just 4 miles outside of Hereford, West England. Chase Distillery, found within Chase Farm, produces a range of gins and vodkas that all keep to their field to bottle ethos. Starting production with their vodka on 1st April 2008 this producer has gone from strength to strength and their portfolio now boasts 5 vodkas, 6 gins, and 2 liqueurs. But how does a farm go from agriculture to fine spirits?
The Chase family started out as potato farmers, growing potatoes for many big-name supermarkets. However, this did not give them much enjoyment.
They longed for more customer interaction. The decision was made to move into producing something of their own, crisps.
Many successful years passed as the producers of Tyrell’s Crisps but they kept wondering what next for the humble potato. It was at this point, around 2006/07, that research into potato vodka began. Looking at industry trends they could see that vodka would one day have to lead into gin production.
This is where their big stumbling block arose. At this time if you wanted to distill gin your still had to have a capacity of at least 2300L, due to the gin acts passed at the end of the 1700s.
They made the difficult decision to sell Tyrell’s crisps in order to fund the huge custom-built rectifying still, which was the largest in Europe for many years, needed to comply with the law.
Operating with sustainability in mind, everything is sourced from their farm or local trusted suppliers. The waste produced from the production process is either fed to their own Hereford cattle or used to power their on-site bio boiler.
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We are a big fan of all Chase products but we have to say the Chase Marmalade is one of the best flavoured vodkas on the market. There are obviously some people that don’t like orange but the overwhelming majority of people love this and it comes down to Chase distilleries focus on using quality ingredients.
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