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Tyrells Tycoon Toasts Vodka Success with Marmalade Martini.

Tyrells Tycoon Toasts Vodka Success with Marmalade Martini.
Potato farmer, William Chase, who founded and sold Tyrells crisps before turning his spuds into the spirit now known as Chase vodka, has joined the 'seasonal' bandwagon usually associated with food producers.
Chase's Seville marmalade vodka which is currently being distilled at the Chase distillery, is timed to reflect the Seville orange growing season. Chase make their Seville marmalade on the farm. They then marinade the vodka for 48 hours with the marmalade before redistilling a fifth time and then finally infusing with fresh Seville orange peel which gives the spirit its amber glow and zestiness.
Last year, Chase entered the marmalade that he makes to flavour the drink into the Marmalade Awards, held at Dalemain Estate in Cumbria, and won third class. Once combined with the vodka, though, the marmalade effect is all the more enticing and the marmalade vodka won its creator Gold at the San Francisco Spirits competition.
On the subject of seasonality, Chase explains, "For obvious reasons we can't grow oranges in this country, but we head out to Seville at the start of each year to get the best pick of the crop." The distillery founder adds, " Seville Orange Marmalade has a very important place in British history and hopefully I can restore a sense of pride in our eccentric forgotten past times"
Chase's sentiments are echoed by Marmalade Awards organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh who adds, “Making marmalade is part of our cultural heritage and our awards celebrate that in all its glory. I’m delighted to say that signs are boding well for another busy competition with entries already arriving." The awards attract thousands of entries from all over the world. Last year over 1,700 people entered the competition from Alaska to the British Virgin Islands, from the Highlands to Cornwall. Pensioner Hazel Rushton
Tyrells Tycoon Toasts Vodka Success with Marmalade Martini.
scooped the top prize in the homemade competition and Cranfield Foods beat off tough competition to top the artisan contest. Both now have their preserves stocked at Fortnum and Mason.
Tasting notes: Chase Marmalade Vodka is clear with a slight golden hue. It exudes zesty oranges aromas and has a naturally rich bitter-sweet flavour and a warm velvety mouth feel. It makes for a luxurious Breakfast Martini or is refreshing simply sipped neat over ice.

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