New Scottish Gin Alert

Scuttled Gin from Deerness Distillery.

Published: 29th November 2018

The SCAPA100 Project was established as a focus group to enable various organisations and individuals to come together for the Centenary Commemoration of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow. An event of great and significant historical importance to both the story of WW1 and Orkney’s history with remnants of the event still evident 100 years later.

Deerness Distillery have launched a new special edition gin in collaboration with the SCAPA100 initiative with a percentage of the profits from the sales of the gin going to support the project. Their new Scuttled Gin is a London Dry style gin and bottled at 43% vol. A juniper led gin that is distilled using a variety of botanicals including Juniper, Tarragon, Cassia Bark, Lemon Peel, Chamomile Flower Heads, Green Pepper, Lavender and Mint. The botanicals create a lovely taste of juniper before developing to a spicy, peppery flavour that leads to a fresh lavender mint finish.

The SCAPA100 Project was established by Emily Turton, a local dive boat skipper. The project will bring together scientists, historians, members of the public and more who are invited to contribute and take part in a variety of organised activities including above and below water tours, large scale mapping projects and historical exhibitions. The group hope to raise money so future generations can be educated about the events that took at Scapa Flow.

In a matter of a few hours on June 21st 1919, the order was given by Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, admiral of the German Imperial Navy, that ships which had been safely docked in Scapa Flow for almost a year were to be scuttled rather than fall into the hands of the allied forces. In all, 52 of the 74 ships in the German Imperial Navy were sank.

To this day the remains of some of these wrecks are still visible on the seabed. After almost 100 years at the bottom of these cold waters, what remains will one day be little more than piles of crumpled, rusted metal. As part of The SCAPA100 Project they plan to use a special scanning technique Photogrammetry that will scan the wreck of the Battleship Explorer, enabling scientists to create a virtual, 3D model before the wreck is lost to the ocean currents.

Scuttled Gin will be available for purchase from Saturday 1st December here.

You can learn more about Deerness Distillery here.

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