Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet Bay, Scotland
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Martin and Claire Murray and their four legged friend George established the Dunnet Bay Distillery in 2014 after a long held desire to return to their hometown of Caithness, Scotland’s most northerly county. Together with their Gin Still Elizabeth, they set to work perfecting their Rock Rose recipe.

Elizabeth and Martin cast a watchful eye and nose over the distillation process to create the finest taste for their spirits.

The Dunnet Bay Distillery team also includes Claire’s Mum Margaret, who rumour has it wax seals the bottles at an angle, and Martin’s Dad Rab, who wax seals the bottles straight, so you’ll know the next time you pick up a bottle who is responsible!

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Rock Rose Scottish Botanicals Gin

Rock Rose gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals. Each one meticulously chosen for their flavour properties to create the perfect taste.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Rhodiola rosea
Strength: 41.5% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A sprig of toasted rosemary, a curl of orange peel, tonic and ice.

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Rock Rose Navy Strength Gin

The higher ABV version of Rock Rose gives a strong warm pine release at the front of the drink with notes of lemon sherbet. The middle feel of the drink is very bold berries from the blaeberries, rowan and hawthorn. These give way to the deeper earthier notes that are hidden in the original Rock Rose, such as angelica and orris root.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Blaeberries, Rowan, Hawthorn
Strength: 57% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

Sweet Vermouth and Campari in a Negroni cocktail, with orange slice and ice.

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Rock Rose Spring Edition Gin

The Spring Edition is distilled using ingredients foraged from the local area to give a cool, fresh taste to Rock Rose Gin. Gorse flowers bring a gorgeous coconut like aroma. Dandelion creates lovely earthy, liquorice flavours and helps balance out the sweetness. Coltsfoot from the distillery gardens helps provide more sweetness to the gin. The cardamom and water mint is also increased to help balance the ingredients and bring a real freshness.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Gorse Flowers, Dandelion, Coltsfoot
Strength: 41.5% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

Fresh coriander, gorse flowers, tonic and ice.

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Rock Rose Autumn Edition Gin

This Autumn Edition has been distilled using lots of locally grown botanicals as well as the traditional Rock Rose botanicals. It is bursting with blackberries and raspberries from Caithness Summer Fruits and blaeberries from the Dunnet area. Additional botanicals include Vietnamese coriander and nasturtium flowers, grown in the distillery’s very own geodome, adding to the spice of the gin.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Blackberries, Raspberries, Vietnamese Coriander, Nasturtium Flowers
Strength: 41.5% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A sprig of basil, tonic and ice.

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Rock Rose Winter Edition Gin

The Winter Edition is a juniper led earthy gin with fragrant pine notes. The hero botanical in this Winter Edition is spruce tips, which Rock Rose gardener Hanna, collected in basketfuls. This edition has been created with thoughts of bracing walks, roaring fires and dark nights in mind. The original Rock Rose elements have been scaled down allowing the delightful earthy and slightly citrusy notes from the spruce tips to shine through.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Spruce Tips
Strength: 41.5% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A stick of cinnamon, tonic and ice.

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Rock Rose Summer Edition Gin

The challenge was to make a citrus style gin using botanicals growing in the distillery gardens but with no peels! Lots of discussions and research took place with the distillery’s gardener, Hanna, and she planted, harvested and dried the botanicals that have gone into this Summer Edition.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lemon Balm, Clover, Pineapple Sage, Meadowsweet, Elderflower
Strength: 41.5% vol
Distilled: Dunnet Bay Distillery, Scotland

Goes great with

A slice of lime, tonic and ice.

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