Dunnet Bay Distillers, the sustainable, family-owned business, which is the most northerly UK mainland distillery, has released a Citrus Coastal Edition of its award-winning Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin.
Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition is described as ‘flavourful and fresh, zesty and with a bracing sea air finish’. This is a 41.5% ABV gin which has been distilled in a traditional vapour infusion still. It was created in partnership with the Craft Gin Club for their members in 2020 and was so well received by these gin aficionados that the company is now offering it to a wider audience of gin lovers.
Martin Murray, the co-founder and Master Distiller of Dunnet Bay Distillery, said: “We are delighted to have created our Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition Gin, our most experimental variant to date. It is inspired by the local Caithness coastline, in the most northerly part of mainland Scotland where the air is clean and fresh. The idea is that, when tasting this expression, if you close your eyes you can picture being on a beach on one of the most beautiful stretches of the UK shoreline.”
The gin is distilled using kelp, locally foraged by Shore Seaweed, which delivers an unusual umami note to the gin. The Coastal Edition’s rounded profile is enhanced by the addition of lemon verbena picked from the Distillery’s own garden. The lemon verbena is added to the distillation for the aromatic, bright citrus tang it brings to this rather delectable spirit. The taste profile is completed with a touch of liquorice salt, added after distillation, sourced from the Hebridean Mustard Company, to heighten the intriguing coastal tang.
The result is a soft and sweet gin with a delicious, citrussy, salted edge and a fresh finish that is so smooth it can be enjoyed neat or poured over ice. If serving as a G&T, the recommended garnishes for this signature serve are goji berries and a slice of grapefruit or grapefruit zest.
Other expressions in the Rock Rose Gin range have won multiple awards and accolades.
Packaged in the distillery’s iconic ceramic bottles, it features a coastal inspired label with a turquoise wax seal and is available from the end of March.
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