Sunday, 3 October 2010
Chrysanthemum distillate (almost)
Dia de los Muertos approaches, and attempts to find a fitting drink to accompany lent an eye being cast towards Chrysanthemums. Symbolic and representative of death (but not deadly), they befell the fate of being drowned and passed through the Rotovap. Initially a deep green/black, the crystal clear liquor that came off was separated into heads, hearts and tails (L-R) to determine where the true essence of the flower resided. As water was added, the oleoresin present in the distillates louched a gentle cloudiness (notice the lack of louche within the end cut) and opened up the aroma. However, despite a noticeable difference between the cuts, and interesting aromas of glasshouses, humid foliage and gentle aromatics, the delicate floral notes were lost. An informative failure; 69 Colebrooke Row- human after all!