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Published: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 2:20:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 2:30:06 PM

Bronte sisters' works distilled into a bottle

According to the Brontë Liqueur website, for every bottle sold a small donation will be made to support the work of the Brontë Society.

According to the Brontë Liqueur website, for every bottle sold a small donation will be made to support the work of the Brontë Society.

Blackberry and honey liqueur created in homage of the 19th century literary siblings.

When a connoisseur of liquor wanted to distill the prose and poetry of the Brontë sisters into a bottle, he decided it would have notes of blackberry, sloe, wild honey and jasmine.

Sir James Akroyd, who has held senior positions at Speyside Distillers, Buchanan’s whisky and Martini and Rosso, has created Brontë Liqueur in homage of the literary sisters who gave the world classics like Wuthering Heights (by Emily), Jane Eyre (Charlotte) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne, under the pseudonym Acton Bell).

Painting of Brontë sisters by Branwell Brontë. – Image from www.knowledgerush.com/Wikimedia Commons

The story of the liqueur, which hit British store shelves recently, is a long and circuitous one that starts, not on the windswept moors of the Yorkshire, but 10,300km away in Paraguay in the late 1960s.

While staying at a hotel in Asuncion during a business trip promoting whisky, Akroyd spied a curious ceramic flacon behind the bar with the words “Yorkshire Liqueur” on the label, he explains on the product website.

That was more than 40 years ago.

The bottle piqued his interest all the more given his connection to the Brontë family: In 1928, his great grandfather bought Haworth village parsonage where the Brontë family lived, and where the sisters penned their timeless classics, and gifted it to the Brontë Society.

After decades of trying to obtain rights to the bottle, Akroyd’s dream has hit British shelves.

A 700ml bottle retails for £27 (RM147). Discussions are underway to distribute the liqueur in Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, Japan, the UAE, Canada and the US. – AFP Relaxnews

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