Argyll

Ancient Mariner Gin

Where is it from?
Helensburgh, Argyll

What's in it?
Juniper and citrus. The rest is unknown.

What's the damage?
£30 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
50% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Created by The Hebridean Liqueur Company, the inspiration for Ancient Mariner Gin came from Coleridge's masterpiece about the terrifying space of the open ocean, and the storms and whirlpools of an unknown sea. It is one of Scotland's strongest gins at 50% ABV, and has a dry profile with juniper and citrus flavours. A perfect gift for sailors everywhere, the bottle is a cube shape to prevent spillage at sea. Recommended serve is tonic water with chopped rocket lettuce.

Distilled in London, England.

Cadenhead Classic Gin

Where is it from?
Campbeltown

What's in it?
Juniper and citrus fruits

What's the damage?
£27.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
50% ABV

What makes it interesting?

A potent gin in the classic juniper-forward style from the historic Cadenhead company, Scotland's oldest independent bottler, founded in 1842. Built for G&Ts.

Distilled in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Cadenhead Old Raj Blue

Where is it from?
Campbeltown, Argyll

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia bark, orange and lemon peel, almond powder and saffron.

What's the damage?
£29.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
55% ABV

What makes it interesting?

As with Old Raj Red, Old Raj Blue is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare (and costly) spice of the crocus. This imparts a spicy flavour and pale yellow colour. It is the strongest Scottish gin and has powerful alcohol on the nose, with juniper and coriander notes coming through. The taste is spicy with heavy citrus. The flavour is fuller than Old Raj Red, but there is a touch of burn on the tongue from the high ABV.

Distilled in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland. 

Cadenhead Old Raj Red

Where is it from?
Campbeltown, Argyll

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia bark, orange and lemon peel, almond powder and saffron.

What's the damage?
£24.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
47% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Founded in Scotland in 1842, William Cadenhead Ltd is the country's oldest independent bottler. Old Raj Gin is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare (and costly) spice of the crocus. This imparts a spicy flavour and pale yellow colour. After the distillation of the first eight botanicals, saffron is added; this is because the saffron would be lost in distillation. (This is similar to the way in which Hendrick’s adds cucumber and rose oil to its gin post-distillation.) Also available is Old Raj Blue at 55%.

Distilled in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland. 

Kintyre Gin

Where is it from?
Kintyre, Argyll

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice, citrus fruits, Icelandic moss and sheep sorrel.

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Beinn an Tuirc Distillery takes its name from Kintyre’s highest peak, which translates as ‘hill of the wild boar’. It is home to a 99kw hydro-electricity scheme which powers the 230-litre still, located in the estate’s former piggery. The team is committed to creating a gin which reduces the impact on the environment, so for every case of Kintyre Gin sold they pledge to plant a tree in their dedicated woodland. In addition to its environmental credentials, the distillery has pledged to use a percentage of profits for community projects and local business start-ups to encourage innovation. The gin has earthy and spicy characteristics, a floral aroma and depth of flavour.

Distilled in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. 

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