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 and Old Raj gins

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. The other gins in the range, Old Raj Red and Old Raj Blue, are distinctive in that they contain a measure of saffron, the rare (and costly) spice of the crocus. This imparts a spicy flavour and pale yellow colour. 

Gins in the Cadenhead family:
Cadenhead Classic Gin
Old Raj Red Gin
Old Raj Blue Gin

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. The team also produces an apple edition where a barrel of Kintyre Gin is infused with dried apples for three weeks.

Gins in the Kintyre family include:
Kintyre Gin
Apple infused Kintyre Gin
Bramble infused Kintyre Gin

Distilled in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. 

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