John McKenzie who founded the GlenWyvis Distillery, a name which pays homage to the lost distillery names Ben Wyvis and Glenskiach, came up with the idea after retiring from the armed forces in 2002 to become a commercial helicopter pilot. It was on one of these flights he had the idea of creating his own distillery that could produce whisky and gin.
The GlenWyvis Distillery is a truly unique and community-owned distillery with over 3,200 shareholders from the local Dingwall area and beyond. Based on the outskirts of Dingwall in Ross-shire, an area that has rich, historic links with distilling, GlenWyvis Distillery, which was officially opened in 2017, is completely self-sufficient and wisely utilises the ever changing weather to create green energy for the distillery.
GlenWyvis' flagship gin has been rebranded and relaunched with a new name, bottle and packaging. GlenWyvis GoodWill Gin is made using 9 different botanicals, which include locally picked hawthorn berries. It has a crisp full-bodied taste with distinct hints of citrus coming through, along with spices at the back of the palate.
Key Botanical(s): Hawthorn, Orange, Lemon
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of bruised coriander, orange peel and ice.
Christmas GoodWill Spiced Gin is a Limited Edition Scottish craft gin matured in oak casks hand-picked by Master Distiller Duncan Tait, to add some welcome winter warmth. Made in Dingwall using nine botanicals, the GlenWyvis Christmas GoodWill Gin is characterised by seasonal flavours of cinnamon and rich dried fruits.
Key Botanical(s): Cinnamon Hawthorn, Orange, Lemon
Gin Style: Contemporary, Cask Matured
Strength: 46% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, Mediterranean tonic and ice.
The GlenWyvis distillery has an eagle’s eye view over the local town of Dingwall. The distillery is not only a community-owned distillery producing whisky and gin, it’s also part of a working farm estate that’s home to a variety of livestock. The distillery is also a sustainable distillery, which uses wind, hydro, solar and biomass energy to power the distillery helping reduce operational carbon footprint.