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Colonsay Beverages

Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
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Colonsay Beverages was established in 2007 and has been brewing craft beer on the island for over 12 years. With so many wonderful botanicals on the Isle of Colonsay, the team decided to create a range of gins that captured the wild and beautiful island. In 2016, they released their first in a series of gins, Wild Island Botanic Gin, opting to go with the well respected Langley Distillery near Birmingham for distillation.

The long-term goal of Colonsay Beverages was always to bring gin distillation back to the Island of Colonsay and while production of the core expressions remains at Langley Distillery, in 2017, they distilled their first Distiller’s Cut Gin on the island, making the first legal gin on the Isle of Colonsay for over 100 years. The team now have a dedicated distillery and distiller on Colonsay, and have gone on to create a range of island-inspired expressions featuring the best in-season flora from the local landscape.

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Wild Island Distiller's Cut Gin

The fourth release in the Distiller's Cut series of gins, Wild Island Distiller's Cut Gin is the first release in the series that comes in a 70cl and features the packaging style from the core Wild Island gin expressions. Distilled on the Isle of Colonsay, the gin was created using a total of seventeen botanicals, seven of which are foraged from the island including redcurrants, lemon balm and sea buckthorn. On the nose, ripe fruit, juniper and citrus with a palate that’s floral and fruity with hints of fruit and spice on the finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Redcurrants, Lemon Balm, Sea Buckthorn
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43.5% vol
Goes great with: A slice of apple, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Wild Island Distillery, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Released: December 2019

Purchase: Click here to buy

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Wild Island Autumn Distiller’s Cut Gin

Autumn Distiller’s Cut is the first in a series of seasonal gins distilled on the island of Colonsay. With each changing season brings a new larder of botanicals and to celebrate this, the Wild Island team developed a new gin, the first gin to be distilled on the Island of Colonsay for decades. Infusing hand foraged tangy red currents from the island, the result is a gin that’s sharp but warm thanks to nutmeg and liquorice. Available from the distillery shop on the island and some select retailers.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Red Currents, Nutmeg, Coriander
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43.7% vol
Goes great with: Frozen (or fresh) raspberries, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Wild Island Distillery, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Released: March 2018

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Wild Island Summer Distiller's Cut Gin

Summer Distiller’s Cut is the second release in the exclusive seasonal special edition series distilled on the island of Colonsay by the team at Wild Island. Floral and ginger spice notes on the nose with an unmistakably honey-rich sweetness on the tongue. Long and lingering sweet mouth feel. Available from the distillery shop on the island and some select retailers.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Ginger, Black Bee Honey
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43.7% vol
Goes great with: Tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Wild Island Distillery, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Released: July 2018

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Wild Island Islay Whisky Cask Matured Distiller's Cut Gin

Distilled on Colonsay, this gin has been aged in an American hogshead, which previously held spirit from the neighbouring whisky island of Islay. Taste is described as sweet St Clements citrus with warm spice and a touch of red liquorice with a clean and fresh finish. Can be enjoyed neat over ice or goes well with orange tonic and a twist of orange peel. Limited availability and distribution.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Citrus
Gin Style: London Dry, Cask Matured
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A twist of orange, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Wild Island Distillery, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
Released: April 2019

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Distillery

Wild Island Distillery

Just a minutes walk from the main ferry port at Scalasaig is the Colonsay Beverages brewery and distillery, home to a range of Scottish beers and the Distillers Cut Editions of Wild Island Botanic Gin. The brewery and distillery is open to visitors visiting the island where they can learn more about the brewery and distillery and pick up some unique gifts from the distillery shop.

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Address

Dunoran, Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, PA61 7YZ - View on Google Maps
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