New independent spirits producer House of Melo has launched its first eau-de-vie, made with pineapple and wildflower honey.
The company, headed by young entrepreneur Othem Lindsay-Hall, is named after melomel, a form of wine made with fruit and honey. Lindsay-Hall was experimenting making various wines from different products when, after one turned out disappointing, someone told him that 'if it makes bad wine, it'll make a good spirit'. So he distilled his pineapple and honey wine, creating the brand's first eau-de-vie.
There's a bit of pineapple on the nose, but juicy cantaloupe is much more evident, along with some creaminess, while the palate is quite recognisably what the label says: roasted pineapple and sweet honey are obvious, with notes of toffee and a peachy purée touch to the finish.
It's recommended served simply on the rocks, or alternatively topped with cranberry or passion fruit juice.
Down the line, the range should be expanded to eaux-de-vie using 'fruits and products that aren't typically used in spirit production', and there are also plans for single honey varietals.
40% abv, £25/25cl, £35/70cl, House of Melo