A gin festival is being launch this summer in the heart of Scotland’s most famous and prolific malt whisky-producing region. The team behind the Spirit of Speyside brand, which already stages the highly successful spirits events, is now celebrating the area’s rapidly-growing gin industry.
Spirit of Speyside: The Gin Experience takes place from July 12 to 14 and will offer a unique opportunity to taste locally produced gin and meet the makers.
Red Door Gin launches today. Named after the distinctive red doors at Benromach Distillery, Red Door is a small-batch, handcrafted London Dry style gin.
Inspired by Scotland’s mountains, forests and coastal fringes, Red Door has been lovingly created by a dedicated team of distillers using the finest botanicals to create an elegantly distinctive gin.
Red Door Gin delivers signature notes of juniper and a defining citrus note of bitter orange, with aromatic sea buckthorn, floral pearls of heather and chocolatey rowanberries. Handmade in a copper pot still, affectionately named, ‘Peggy’, the vapour-infused distilling method steams the neutral base spirit through eight botanicals and is then bottled at 45% ABV.
Around the world in 24 gins with a Gin advent calendar. Every day another gin, another surprise. It is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get or when. I am familiar with gin, but it was a feast to discover more with this calendar. What a way to count the days until Christmas.
Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars are back for the sixth year running with an award-winning range to ensure every drinks enthusiast can count down to Christmas in the company of their favourite spirit.
For 2017, classic favourites including Whisky, Gin and Rum are joined by exciting new additions, including a Calendar packed with whiskies from renowned independent bottler Douglas Laing, and another filled to the brim with incredible gins from the world’s best distillers, bottled by That Boutique-y Gin Company.
Ableforth’s is bringing its award-winning range of craft spirits, including the one and only Bathtub Gin, to life with day-to-night cocktail den, Ableforth’s Underground. The subterranean cocktail pop-up will be located just a stone’s throw away from the main London Cocktail Week Hub, in the heart of all the cocktail action.
It contributes a staggering £16.55m to the local economy every year and employs over 3,500 people: there’s no escaping the fact that food and drink is big business on Speyside. This tiny corner of Scotland has a population of just 90,000 but it punches above its weight when it comes to gastronomy.
The region is home to over half of all of Scotland’s distilleries – over 50 in total – including some of the world’s top-selling single malts, and food firms with a heritage spanning over a century have made Speyside their home.
But what is it about the area – where the food and drink sector employs almost five times the Scottish average – that makes it a haven for producers?
Time to add another Gin to the family, Hendrick’s Gin from Scotland. The bottle reminds me of the pharmacy years back, love the style. It is a bit mysterious, but this is the look, Hendrick’s is known worldwide.
With the ingredients bulgarian rose and cucumber that has been added in the end of the process, they add extra dimension to the gin. And that makes this gin with a 41,4% alcohol percentage stunning.
A new County Monaghan distillery is being supplied with ageing barrels for its
whiskey by a leading French winemaker to mark a long lost family connection
having been re-established between Ireland and France.
Top Bordeaux winemaker Barton and Guestier is supplying 50 mature French oak 350 litre barrels to ‘Old Carrick Mill’ distillery in Carrickmacross, County
Monaghan because the old mill, once the leading flour mill in the region, was
once owned by the Barton family.
To this day the building is still known locally in
Carrickmacross as ‘Barton’s Mill’. It was originally run by the family of William
Barton whose brother Thomas co-founded the world famous Barton & Guestier
wine business in Bordeaux in 1725.
Following the soaraway success of a festival launched last year to celebrate one of Scotland’s most fruitful food and drink regions, Spirt of Speyside: Distilled is to return – with an even greater range of home-grown flavours.
World leading drinks brands will join small artisan producers for the weekend festival at Elgin Town Hall on September 1 and 2 in a showcase of Speyside’s finest whisky, gin, beer and food. Classic drams will be served up alongside contemporary cocktails with speciality coffee to try alongside grown-up fudge.