Kir Royale? Don’t mind if I do!!!!
But, hold up, why does it need be French?
In a time when we are so concerned about keeping it local and reducing our carbon footprints, we have endeavoured, even whilst embracing our equally important Italian heritage, to source more local produce where we can.
White Heron Cassis is the fine produce of a farm nestled in the rolling hills of Herefordshire and there you will find a tiny blackcurrant, rarely seen and little known. Carefully harvested under the summer sun, fermented with champagne yeast and blended with a tiny touch of vodka and a little sugar, they are making a rich, fruity and divine cassis . . . a British Cassis if you please!
The Whittern Estate is an historic farm with a passion for the contemporary as well as their time‑honoured traditions, in fact, 140 years of passion. The farm has grown from traditional arable farming into the more careful cultivation of the blackcurrants that are transformed into the uniquely sultry flavour profile of British Cassis.
Whittern derives its name from the White Ern, or White Heron . . . hence the name of the cassis. These iconic birds, otherwise known as white egrets, used to breed at The Whittern. Unfortunately, they are now a scarcity and rarely seen in the area, but they are something of a symbol of the natural environment that the blackcurrants are grown in, so it seemed fitting for them to name their company and their cassis after these elegant and sophisticated creatures.
For us? It makes a mighty fine Kir or Kir Royale . . . and it’s terribly good in a summer berry compote too . . . also, delicious with Panna Cotta! And we get to support a like-minded and family run farm, not so local to Kibworth, but of our green and pleasant land
Ciao for now!
20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ
Q4 What’s the difference between Kir and Kir Royale?
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