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British Folk Tales on Elderflower and its Superpowers & Why Elderflower is such a loved Ingredient in British Beverages
There are very few examples of wildflower, plants or botanicals that personify the British Isles more than the elderflower. From time immemorial, this hedgerow plant has defined the English countryside, its native peoples and the folklore have travelled hand in hand with it down the centuries.
Thought by native Britons, Anglo-Saxons and Danes to hold mythical and supernatural properties, this white-flowered, black-berried tree is intertwined with endless tales of the divine. Home to the Elder Mother, the spirit that lived in the very essence of the elder tree, the elderflower had the power to protect and to punish. This power of nature led many to carry out blessing rituals before picking the floral flowers.
The flowers and berries of the elderflower have long been crafted into brews, drinks, cordials and pastes, honouring their overwhelming floral notes and subtle botanical scents in the best way possible - a tradition that survives to this very day. Taking this one step further Kolibri have strived to meld this iconic English scent with natural flavour partners such as lavender and lime.
As well as the sacred and divine elements of elderflower, there has also been a long documented history of the elderflower’s medicinal properties. From using its floral notes to soothe the common cold, brewing the bark of the tree to ease pain and even brewing the roots of the plant as a natural diuretic.
We can see through both its historical and medicinal impact that this humble flower has truly made its mark on the British cultural identity. We know this not just by following its benign references through history, but by experiencing the overwhelming sensory impact of the flower itself.
The scent of the elderflower is one of its most iconic characteristics, and by harnessing this floral bouquet, Kolibri has strived not only to enhance the flavours of the much-loved flower but also encapsulate something that represents the flavours and tones of the British Isles itself.
Taste the flavour notes of elderflower like thousands have before you, and you are instantly transported back to the quintessential English countryside and the ancient woodlands where the Elder Mother may still reside.