Author: Jacqui Dunbar

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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Strathearn Gins Unveiled

Strathearn Distillery, artisan gin producer, hailing from the small village of Methven in Perthshire, has officially launched its gin range at 56North in Edinburgh.

I was delighted to join Stuart McMillan and the small team from Strathearn Distillery for the unveiling of their trio of gins.  It was an intimate event which allowed us to savour and enjoy the three distinct finishes: Classic, Heather Rose and Oaked Highland Gins, that this tiny Distillery have been producing for the last 2 years.  This distinctive range really does cater for a range of tastes and these were brought to life as distiller, Zak, talked knowledgeably and passionately of the botanicals and perfect purposes for each one.

Heather Rose Gin is infused with a combination of rose petals and heather flowers, and the final product has a Prosecco character, changing to a delicate pink when tonic is added. Classic Gin is a new style gin with added elements of zest, herbs and spices, ideal for cocktails.

Star of the show for me, was the Oaked Highland where gin meets whisky – both smooth and oaky with juniper notes and hints of citrus. I was most impressed by the smooth vanilla notes this one and will be sure to add it to my ever growing collection of Artisan Gins.

Stuart McMillan, Distillery Manager, said:

Gin - Jacqui“We were delighted to show off our gin range to a group of real gins fans. Our Oaked Highland Gin beat off stiff competition recently in order to be crowned Scottish Craft Spirit 2015 but we are equally proud of all three of our gins. I believe that the range offers true uniqueness within the artisan gin market both in terms of their characteristics, flavours and their colours. In addition, our distiller, Zak, is probably Scotland’s youngest – and winner of Young Distiller of the Year 2015 – and I truly believe that this adds a fresh perspective to our product development.”

Strathearn is the result of a dream realised by owner Tony Reeman-Clark over the last four years. As Scotland’s smallest distillery, it uses just two copper pot stills for production, and the whole process takes place in one converted farm steading in the heart of Perthshire. In this artisan environment, the distillers control the volumes of infused herbs and flowers, the strength of the raw spirit and the precise timing to bottle the perfected batch.

For those partial to a different tipple, it’s worth noting that the gin selection is paving the way for the first Strathearn Whisky, due to launch for Christmas 2016. The distillery intends to release small batch, single malt, single cask whisky ensuring that every bottle will be from a unique small cask.

For more information:   www.strathearndistillery.com and on Twitter @Strathearn_Gin

 

When not tasting gin, reviewer, Jacqui Dunbar, is a photographer. Check out her work at www.jacquidunbar.com 

 

 

 

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