THE SONG OF THE SEA
Crisp like an ocean breeze.
The sea breathes new life, every day.
Its magic we have captured,
A secret we’ll never give away.
To celebrate the love we have,
We hunted more than most.
Discovering hidden treasures,
Nestled along our coast.
Many flavours were tried,
Naturally seaweeds won the day.
And yuzu gave us sparkle,
Like sunlight touching waves.
Now, where’er I go,
The coast, she comes with me
This is Shanty.
The Song of the Sea.
This evocative small batch botanical vodka offers you an experience like no other. An expertly crafted intricate blend of five hand-foraged organic British seaweeds create stunning undercurrents of umami flavour. This subtle depth of flavour is further enhanced by ripples of wasabi, galangal, yuzu, bergamot and sea buckthorn dancing on the surface.
Each botanical vodka is separately vacuum distilled to extract and retain the freshness that nature intended. Finally, we add a pinch of Dorset sea salt to re-mineralise the purest of water with which the spirit is cut. Let your taste buds take the plunge and transport yourself directly to the water’s edge.
Drag and spin the bottle!
The bottle is reminiscent of a ship’s decanter; squat and sturdy, because no-one would want to knock over a bottle of Shanty! It has beautiful seductive curves and a punt at its base that suggests the seabed or a wave.
The artwork on the bottle was created by a local Dorset artist, Emma Brownjohn. This complex image wraps around from the back of the bottle so that when viewed from the front, the image is magnified and distorted as if being underwater. The bottle is designed to be explored from all angles: and in the centre of the image, we find the Spirit of the Sea.
It’s a bottle not to be thrown away, but to be cherished. To make sure that it retains its good looks after repeated uses, the artwork is fired in a kiln and therefore becomes a part of the bottle itself.
“I first tasted Shanty Spirit at The Jetty restaurant Ocean Village, WOW Shanty has to be the best new product I have tasted for a long time. I am already looking to pair a chilled glass of Shanty with oysters, even using when curing salmon with seaweed and sea salt Shanty and I will become best mates”
“I was very impressed by this Seaweed Vodka yesterday. Sweet, spicy but also delicate and complex.”
We were blown away by the vodka. It’s being used in a pre-dinner cocktail for our 8 course British nose to fin seafood tasting menu at A Passion For Seafood in Hasketon, Suffolk. We’re mixing it with Crémant and have called it the ‘Rock Pool’, ready for guests arriving at the fish shop before making their way to the restaurant.
Growing up by the sea in Dorset, I have always felt the shoreline’s magnetic pull. I have had a lifelong love affair with the British coastline and set out to create a spirit that would connect us all directly to the shoreline, no matter where we are.
I have spent the last 25 years working as a TV cameraman, travelling the world and working on a multitude of food and drink programmes in the process. But it wasn’t until I was shooting a pilot with Roger Phillips, the highly respected and charismatic author of ‘Wild Food’ (which has been in publication for over twenty years), that I was introduced to the wonderful flavours of seaweed which are in abundance around our shores.
It was also at this time that I was introduced to the delicate art of craft distilling, specifically gin. Some may find this as incredible as I did, but prior to this I had no idea that gin was essentially flavoured vodka – only differentiated by the fact that gin has to contain one essential ingredient, juniper.
While there are many beautiful complex gins available, most flavoured vodkas are based around a single flavour or a simple blend. So, I identified a real opportunity to create a complex and interesting vodka for the botanical spirits market, with the same delicacy of flavour as gin but appealing to the palate of vodka lovers. This exciting emerging category is known as ‘botanical vodkas’.
My two new interests collided and I decided there and then that I wanted to capture the delicious umami flavours present in our local seaweeds and create a brand new and totally unique botanical vodka, based around a blend of these ingredients.
I have spent the last few years experimenting with every seaweed until I found the very best. Each of the seaweeds I decided upon brought something slightly different to the table and together they create a rich umami base to the vodka. However, I didn’t want to stop there! I then spent a year working with hundreds of flavours I felt could complement the seaweed. In the end, it was no surprise that I settled mainly on flavours that are frequently used with seaweed dishes and in Asian cuisine.
Hugh Lambert, founder of Shanty Spirit
Each of our seaweeds are sustainably hand foraged from around the British coastline.
OUR SUPPORTING BOTANICALS
We take each individual botanical and precision vacuum-distil them in an organic grain spirit to extract the freshest flavours from the ingredients. We found that after much testing and comparing, this was hands down a far superior method to traditional copper pot distillation when extracting the delicate notes.
These remarkable essences are then blended by hand and added into the remaining grain spirit. Finally, we cut our botanical vodka down to 40% ABV using the purest water, re-mineralised with a pinch of Dorset sea salt.
As well as being enjoyed as a ‘sipping vodka’ or a ‘Shanty on the Rocks’, Shanty Seaweed Botanical Vodka breathes new life and adds delicious dimensions to some old classics. It also pairs beautifully with seafood.