They say it was the cold sea air that broke his daze. When the drink dropped and smashed in all of its averageness. “I can do better”, he realised. It was the moment he saw a different view washing in above the waves. No longer was he adrift or asleep. For the first time in too long, he was moving free and thinking clearly. His spirit was awake and it was wild once again.
“Not a feeling like it”, he thought. “It’s just me and my poetic license from here on in”. It was the end of the tired familiar and the beginning of something wholly weird and wholly wonderful. It was his dawn of breaking the rules and creating better. Here’s to the wild spirits. Along the coast of Roker in Sunderland, you'll find the distillery and bar of Poetic Licence where their 500 litre hybrid still 'Gracie' is showcased. They use a traditional production method that, although labour intensive, means they can ensure they are crafting high quality spirits they're happy to give the Poetic License name to. For their gins, they hand-crush botanicals, macerate and then boil them to gently and gradually release their delightful flavours. I was sent both the Northern Dry and the Old Tom. The Northern Dry has lots of warm flavours from cardamom and spices alongside zesty citrus notes. For the Old Tom, oak casks add flavour and colour whilst rose petals are infused to add character. I looked into the recommended serves of these two and I've gone for an Aromatic Old Tom gin and tonic with angostura bitters and a blackberry clover club with the Northern Dry. Recipe: 50mlof Northern Dry Gin 25ml of lemon juice A shot of egg white (or use aquafaba for a vegan-friendly alternative) 12.5ml of blackberry syrup A superb pair of gins to add to any collection.