ONE of the UK’s leading foragers has joined forces with an award-winning distillery to produce a unique gin.

Alysia Vasey, whose customers include many of the UK’s top one and two Michelin star chefs and who has been seen on tv shows ranging from Countryfile and James Martin’s Saturday Morning programme, has now unveiled an exciting new spirit.

Alysia has collaborated with Sunderland-based Poetic License distillery to create The Yorkshire Forager gin, a blend of botanicals which have been especially chosen for their flavours and have been handpicked.

The gin uses Douglas Fir, Sweet Cicely and Sweet Flag, chosen by Alysia and the team at Poetic License to create a really flavoursome gin with a unique taste.

“All the botanicals have been carefully thought out to complement each other and give the best flavour,” said Alysia.

“We believe we’ve created a really special gin which anyone who knows their spirits will appreciate.”

Alysia chose to collaborate with Poetic License because of their long and successful track record and their ability to produce bold and unusual craft spirits.

“We are delighted to be working with the Yorkshire Forager on this exciting collaboration, to be using wild foraged ingredients is a first for us and this is reflected in the wonderful flavours in the gin,” said Jonathan Graham, director of Poetic License and Tavistock Hospitality.

The Yorkshire Forager gin is available from priced at £39.95.

Alysia learned to forage with her grandfather as a child, who had escaped from the Nazis and survived by living in the wild in a forest in Poland in WW2.

Her full story is told in her book, The Yorkshire Forager, A Wild Food Survival Journey which is available from Headline at £20.