Fairytale Distillery

Ardelve, Highland, Scotland
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Quite literally, the distillery buildings look like something out of a fairytale. Overlooking one of Scotland’s most famous castles, Eilean Donan Castle, sits a collection of buildings that wouldn’t look out of place in a scene from Hansel and Gretel.

Thomas Gottwald and Manuela Kohne-Gottwald, originally from Germany, moved to Scotland in 2013 and brought a little bit of the Brothers Grimm magic with them. Manuela opened her Wee Bakery, with daughter Joline later adding her own business, Pizza Jo’s Pizza Parlour, to the site.

A few years ago Thomas, a long time gin fan, along with gin specialist Roger Knight, toyed with the idea of opening his own distillery in order to produce gins that used carefully selected traditional botanicals, but that also captured the magic of the local area. In 2019, the friends, with the help of Joline and two botanists Martin and Stefan, made the fairytale come true by opening the Fairytale Distillery. If you peek through the distillery window, you might just spot Tinkerbelle the gin still!

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Highland Gin No. 1

A delicate juniper bouquet leads to a slightly dry, smooth taste with a gentle citrus beginning, which is followed by a juniper aftertaste.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Orange Zest, Summer Savory, Jasmine
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairy Tale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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Highland Gin No. 4

This gin's bouquet hints of a 'dewy garden' with a delicate, very slightly dry gin beginning, both juniper and angelica notes coming through and a hint of spice at the finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lime Zest, Bitter Orange, Allspice
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of rosemary, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairytale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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Highland Gin No. 7

A citrus bouquet with a dryish beginning leads to a juniper finish that leaves a sweet after taste.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Angelica Roots, Lime Zest, Bitter Orange
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength:
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairytale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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Highland Gin No. 8

This slightly dry, smooth gin with just a hint of juniper in the bouquet has a flowery, rose petal beginning, reflecting the rosehip and meadowsweet botanicals. Not unlike some whiskys, there is a slightly peppery aftertaste and lots of subtle taste undertones.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Barberry, Elderflower, Pomegranate, Star Anise
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength:
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairytale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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Highland Gin No. 17

This gin's spicy bouquet, drawn from some of its ingredients of cardamom, dates and cassis, hints of the Spice Routes. The faint juniper beginning merges into the smooth, spicy body, which finishes with vanilla and a hint of honey.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lemongrass, Dates, Pomegranate, Cloves
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: Neat over ice with a sprig of rosemary.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairytale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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Highland Gin No. 22

The delicate citrus bouquet is hard to detect but the lemony beginning with a sweet aftertaste make this a very refreshing gin.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lemongrass, Lemon Zest, Lemon Balm, Cranberries
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: A slice of lemon, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Distilled
Location: Fairytale Distillery, Highland, Scotland

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