One day, after many years dutifully growing mustard for the family business, Sir Michael Colman went off at a bit of a tangent. He decided to reintroduce a crop that hadn’t been grown commercially in this country for decades: mint.
England once grew the best mint in the world, but the needs of the Second World War meant the English mint fields were ploughed over for more urgent crops. Sir Colman’s experiment has proved a second renaissance for the herb here.
The team at Summerdown now harvests its ‘Black Mitcham’ mint and distills it in a purpose-built distillery before barrelling the oil to mature for two years, allowing it to develop the beautiful aroma and flavour into a rare single-estate peppermint oil.
This flavours its deliciously rich, thick fondant peppermint creams as well as refreshing mint tea.