|This month I spent some time distilling. I fell in love with a new citrus – Sweet Lemons or Citrus limetta. It is not one I will be selling as I want to work with it more and also get the chemistry for it before selling it, but it is one that I do adore! I also was able to procure some blood oranges this season. Unfortunately, the fruit was not as robust as it has been in past years and the hydrosol does not sing like it should. Having said that, I reached out to an artisan distiller I know that does produce it and have some being sent to me. As soon as I have the microbial testing on it, I will release it for you to have. Her hydrosols always tend to be exquisite!
A few other samples I have been working with include a US Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), an organic Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annum), and even a new German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) from Bulgaria. I want to share a few notes on these because I think it is incredibly important for you to understand my reasons for getting sooo many samples.
I currently offer a beautiful Clary Sage from France, however it is time to replace it so I am sampling everything I can to make sure I get the best one can find. The US Clary is earthy, almost too earthy and has only hints of florals. Because I love the one from France so much, I am taking a hard pass at this one. Don’t get me wrong, the sclareol content is great and it works magic for anyone that struggles with painful cramping. BUT the smell. I am pretty certain I will be sticking with my French distiller for this one!
Blue Tansy is NOT on my list, however, if there is a chance that the distiller that makes this one also has a stellar Neroli, I *might* try to swing it. This sample is really THAT good. I made an inhaler last weekend with it and it blew me away. If I do decide to get it, I will give you the details on the aroma and yes, it is that good!
German Chamomile…I have offered the one from the Nepals for a long time because initially, it met two needs and was affordable. However, the sample I got from Bulgaria was so much better and the blue was really blue! The color difference between the Nepalese and Bulgarian chamomiles is sooo different! The aroma is quite different as well. I do enjoy both of them but I have more demand for the Bulgarian. If you are a fan of the Nepalese German Chamomile, you will want to get it before the summer as I am hoping to have run out of it by then and will have already replaced it with the one from Bulgaria.