They say every corner of Tayside and Fife is designed to surprise and our Wild Rose Gin is guaranteed to stir the emotions...
Our craft rose gin was inspired by a walk on the shores of the Tay River where we discovered wild rose growing in abundance. Our Wild Rose Gin is a traditional London Dry Gin made by a family owned and operated craft distillery.
This year we were honoured to be voted the Best Gin in Scotland by the IWSC awards 2020 and here is what they had to say: 'Elegant complexity and depth of floral and sweet earth aromas, developing into pine and citrus on the palate. An expressive palate that is vibrant and flavoursome, providing complexity of juniper and black pepper on the finish.'
Juniper Berries, Wild Rose, Lemon Peel, Bay Leaves, Coriander, Angelica, and Almond.
Our botanicals are sourced from sustainable producers and we make a commitment to forage any local botanticals respectfully and where we can. We are often told that juniper berries grow in abundance in Scotland, however the Forestry Commission have issued a statement encouraging the natural re-generation of juniper. To allow for this natural regeneration it is important not to pick or damage bushes. Therefore, Tayport Distillery source their juniper from sustainable producer similar to the other botanicals.
How to serve
We like to keep things simple with a Classic light tonic, a slice of lemon or lime, over ice. Let the citrus notes of lemon peel and coriander come to the forefront, finished by the delicate floral notes of wild rose. Or why not try the 'forgotten classic' gin cocktail the Aviation.
Fun Facts about Wild Rose
Wild roses are fragrant and flower in summer and are followed by fruits called hips. Have you every tried rosehip syrup? It's easy to make, lovely on ice cream and perfect for cocktails - Rosehip Syrup.
To Native Americans, wild roses were a symbol of life. They were often placed near infants cribs to bring vitality and represent survival. Wild roses also play a role in herbal medicine - it is thought they are mildly sedative, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
When we distill the wild rose in our still, Seanair, it is gently hung just above the boiling pot of alcohol with the juniper and coriander to allow the flavour of the rose to gently infuse through into the alcohol.
Innovation and Scottish Gin Boom
Kecia, our Director and Distiller, had the pleasure of meeting Bill Owens at a Craft Distilling Expo in London a few years back. He had the first brewpub in America called Buffalo Bill's Brewery. In 1983, he opened the way for beer to be served directly to customers at the brewery , provided that food was served. It was individuals like this who broke the mold and hence where the craft in beer and distilling comes from.
In Britain, as a result of debauchry and crime, the Governments Gin Act was introduced in 1751 prohibiting a still to operate with a capacity of less than 1800 litres. Sipmith Gin were the pioneers and opened the door for smaller craft distillers by helping to change in the law so smaller distillers could operate. We are a small family owned distillery and our gin is small batch gin , this would not have been possible without the pioneers mentioned above.
It is hard to say how many Scottish Gins there are in total, with new expressions of gin being released almost on a weekly basis during the high seasons. Gin can be made anywhere in the world. Here in Scotland, we currently follow EU guidelines on the production of gin which states distilled gins are juniper-flavoured spirit drinks produced with the presence of juniper berries. Other natural botanicals can be included provided that the juniper taste is predominant with a minimum alcoholic strength of 37.5 %. The Scottish gin industry is growing daily, and The Gin Cooperative currently features 140 Scottish Gin brands and over 450 gins on their website.
At Tayport Distillery, we have committed to keeping all our produce as local and sustainable as possible. It is important for us to showcase the finest Scottish fruit and grain wherever possible. It is Scottish produce that makes us into the award winning craft gin distiller we are today. You can read more about that here: 'Drink Scottish' by Andy Gemmell, highlights the importance Tayport Distillery place on using local produce and botanicals in our spirits.
Best Gin in Scotland
We were delighted to be voted best Scottish gin 2020 by the IWSC awards. You can read the tasting notes above. This came at a huge surprise as we were unsure about launching a new gin during the COVID pandemic. In March 2020 and were faced with many challenges and spoke about this with The Courier - the challenges of launching a new drinks product amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Our local support has been fantastic and we have tried to keep all of the gin lovers out there tuned in to what is happening at the distillery with live Facebook and Instagram sessions throughout this period.
At Tayport Distillery, it is important for us to see the whole process through to the finish. We collect local barley and hand foraged botanicals to impart Scotland's signature flavour into each bottle. We would love for you to visit, why not book in for a distillery tour and tasting or blending experience - Book here
All local deliveries are free and if ordered by 2 pm, will be delivered the same day! Or you can now visit our Scottish gin distillery with a shop 10 - 5 pm Monday - Friday!
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