How To Make Simple Beech Leaf Noyau

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree. The leaves are gathered while they are soft and sticky and still have a translucent, delicate look to them. At this stage, the leaves taste citrusy when chewed and can also be used as a salad leaf.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

The Beech tree has a long history of being revered in the Britsh Folklore. Traditionally known as the Mother of the Woods, it is considered to be protective and nurturing, giving shade with its canopy and food that can be eaten in its raw state. It is said that no harm will befall a lost traveller who seeks shelter under the branches of a beech, and the tree is found at many sacred sites across the UK.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

Ingredients for Beech Leaf Noyau

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

How to make Beech Leaf Noyau

 

Gather young, soft, bright green beech leaves shortly after they have unfurled.

Remove any twigs and papery leaf casings.

Lightly pack enough leaves in a jar so that a 700ml bottle of gin covers them.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

Seal the jar and leave for a minimum of 4 weeks.

After this time, strain through fine muslin and discard the leaves.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

Make a sugar syrup by gently heating 150g sugar in about 200ml of water until it dissolves. Leave to cool, then add to the Beech leaf gin infusion.

Finally, stir in 125mls of brandy to finish and bottle.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

Tuck away in a cool, dark place to mature for a couple of months before drinking.

So how does Beech Leaf Noyau taste? We cracked open a bottle that has been maturing for about six weeks with friends yesterday to gather some opinions. They all said it was delicious and described it as having a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness about it.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

 

For more delicious foraged infusion recipes, check out our delicious Rosehip Liqueur, our fabulous Sloe Gin or for a savoury twist that packs a punch, our Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Vodka.

 

Beech Leaf Noyau is a traditional liqueur made from young leaves of the Beech tree that has a mellow herby taste with a hint of nuttiness. #GinInfusion #Beech #Beechleafliqueur

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