Angus

AK's Gin

Where is it from?
Inverkeilor, Angus

What's in it?
Juniper, honey, wheat, black pepper, mace and cardamom.

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

AK’S Gin joins the signature Kirsty’s Gin from the Arbikie family. Named after Alexander Kirkwood, the father of the owners, the gin is distilled using honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie in acknowledgment of the important roles bees play in pollinating crops. Arbikie places value on its field-to-bottle provenance as it grows its ingredients on the estate to ensure traceability. 

Arbikie Kirsty's Gin

Where is it from?
Inverkeilor, Angus

What's in it?
Juniper, kelp, carline thistle and blaeberries.

What's the damage?
£35 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Arbikie Highland Estate, on the east coast of Angus, is home to Kirsty's Gin. As fourth generation Scottish farmers, three brothers have worked to nurture the crops that they use to distil the gin. Master Distiller, Kirsty Black, uses potatoes grown and harvested in Arbikie's own fields, plus local botanicals to embody elements of ocean, rock and land which surround the farmlands. With potatoes and botanicals grown on the Estate, along with distillation and bottling at source, it is a true farm-to-bottle operation.

Dundee Marmalade Gin

Where is it from?
Dundee

What's in it?
Juniper, bitter and sweet orange, orris and angelica root, coriander, cloves, vanilla, ginger, star anise, saffron, marmalade.

What's the damage?
£29.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
37.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

In tribute to Dundee’s jam-making history, the team at a local function suite has contracted out a gin to be made with Mackay’s original marmalade recipe. They also produce a Tay Navy Strength Gin, curiously bottled at 46% when Naval gins should, by definition, be bottled at 57% vol.

Gin Bothy Flavoured Gins

Where is it from?
Lintrathen, Angus

What's in it?
Base gin with local berries or infusions

What's the damage?
£25 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
22% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Peel Farm in Angus first started using the berry juices left over from its jam making to make flavoured raspberry gin. Now, following a 17th century Scottish recipe, several gins are made using locally-grown berries compounded with grain gins from Perthshire and Angus. They are infused for three months on average, and hand-turned every day. Gins in the range include: Raspberry; Strawberry; Blueberry; Rhubarb; Chilli; and Amaretto.

Gin Bothy Mulled / Gunshot Gin

Where is it from?
Lintrathen, Angus

What's in it?
Base gin with cinnamon and spices

What's the damage?
£35 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
35% ABV

What makes it interesting?

At first, Peel Farm in Angus used the berry juices left over from its jam making to make a Raspberry Gin. With this liqueur gin such a success, they have added to their range with a Mulled Gin at a higher alcohol volume. This is infused with cinnamon and other spices for three months on average, and hand-turned every day. This is also known as Gunshot Gin. 

Gin Bothy Original

Where is it from?
Lintrathen, Angus

What's in it?
Juniper, heather, milk thistle, Scottish pine needles, hawthorn root and rosemary.

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
41% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Handmade in small batches in Peel Farm's award-winning Gin Bothy, this Original Gin is their first savoury profile. The base gin is infused with heather, milk thistle, Scottish pine needles, hawthorn root and rosemary.

Honeyberry Gin

Where is it from?
Invergowrie, Angus

What's in it?
Base gin with honey berry infusion and juice

What's the damage?
£35 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The honeyberry is dubbed the new superberry! A health remedy in the Far East and a long kept secret in Siberia, it is now being grown in Scotland. A collaboration between Arbuckle’s and Strathearn Distillery, the gin is produced in a two stage process: the first is vapour infusion using a 500 litre pot still with a botanical basket, at which stage honeyberry is added. Once distilled, this base gin is blended with fresh unpasteurised honeyberry juice. This creates a double whammy of honeyberry, giving the gin a full flavour and distinctive purple colour. 

Verdant Gin

Where is it from?
Dundee

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander seeds, lemon peel, bitter orange, cassia bark, orris root, green cardamom, angelica, liquorice and grains of paradise.

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Verdant gin is distilled in small batches in a 500 litre pot still “Little Eddie”. It is juniper-led with fresh notes of citrus on the nose and palate, with warm, earthy undertones of spice. The carefully curated blend of botanicals was inspired by Dundee’s rich trading history and reflects the routes once sailed by traders to and from the city. The name ‘Verdant’ not only conjures up an image of lush green plants and botanicals, but to those who know Dundee the word is synonymous with its jute and weaving industry, encapsulating the spirit of the city.

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