Chris and Rose Bax are the force behind Bax Botanics. From their distillery in North Yorkshire they create, distil, and bottle their delicious Bax Botanics spirits.
Their story started 17 years ago when they bought an area of woodland. “We had no plans when we bought the woodland, we bought it with a mortgage from the Ecology Building Society and thought it might be a half decent investment and a fun place to play and entertain” says Chris, “however, it completely changed our lives and has inspired Taste the Wild and Bax Botanics over the last 17 years.”
The couple make the most of the beautiful countryside that they live in by foraging for seasonal wild plants, herbs and berries and have taught foraging for their other company Taste the Wild for 15 years.
Living in the middle of nowhere does have some drawbacks though as there always has to be a designated driver when they go out. The couple wanted to create a complex luxury drink that the driver could appreciate and also use their extensive experience with flavours to “create a great tasting drink”.
“Sea Buckthorn was one of our favourite wild berries” so it was the natural next step to create the Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn spirit.
“Rose is the creator of Bax Botanics recipes, both the drinks themselves and lots of the cocktails on our social feeds and website.” Chris says, whilst he “was a chef, loves great food and drink and is always up for trying new flavours.”.
The passion for their craft, the care and attention paid to the flavours, and the focus on sustainability and treading lightly on the earth really shine through in their drinks. Not only do the couple use only sustainably sourced (and as local as possible), organic ingredients to flavour their spirits, they go one step further in reducing waste by using a by-product of the sugar industry to make their bottle labels.
They distil the ‘old-fashioned’ way by using beaten copper stills that were hand made in Portugal. Whilst this method is more time consuming than modern distilling practices, it makes “our drinks pure, honest and beautifully natural” says Rose.
Bax Botanics have a second signature spirit, Verbena, and there are more flavours in the pipeline. “Rose is compulsively creative and loves nothing more than playing with plant flavours.” Chris says, “watch this space!”
On a bright spring evening you can often find the pair in the woods around a lovely campfire, drinking a Verbena and tonic, eating a wood fired pizza Bianca from their earth oven. Sounds like heaven to us.
Find out more about Bax Botanics on their website baxbotanics.com
Taste the Wild is the Bax foraging and cooking school based in their little woodland in North Yorkshire. You can find out more about it and book courses on the website tastethewild.co.uk