How bottling gin with local Cardiff beeswax gave us an appreciation of bees.
It’s summer and our skies are full of flying foragers. Hungry, industrious and well organised, these creatures are crucially maintaining our ecosystem. In addition to converting flower nectar into delicious honey, the honeybee is also responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the food we eat. Our reliance on these little creatures cannot be overestimated, inasmuch as we’d be dead without them.
A single colony in the UK can produce 27kg of honey. A bounty this large requires safe keeping in a hive. The hexagonal honeycomb wax structure is ordered in a way that uses the least amount of material per unit volume. No other shape in nature is as efficient as the hexagon. Incredible feats of problem solving, not to mention engineering. Despite having brains the size of poppy seeds, bees are very smart.
Beeswax is an incredible natural product with many useful applications ranging from cosmetics to candles. In addition to honey, bees produce a great deal of wax. Producing 1 gram of wax to 8 grams of honeyWe need to put this stuff to good use.
Here at Treganna Gin we’ve introduced local Cardiff beeswax when bottling our gin, from a local beekeeper in Ely. Ever since, the bees foraging around our distillery this very moment are playing a part in making our product truly unique. Moreover, the next time you pick up a bottle of Treganna Gin I urge you to notice the sweet aroma of the seal. The sweet scent is the wonderful culmination of Cardiff wests’ entire botanical spectrum; in one sniff.
Below is the recipe we use for making bottle seals so that you can have a go –
- 35 grams of paraffin wax
- 35 grams of beeswax
- 7 grams of low temperature glue sticks
- 1 gram of candle dye
Remember you can purchase Treganna Gin through our website. Free delivery UK wide.