Badvo Gin is produced on the Stewart family farm just outside Pitlochry, Perthshire. Daughter Helen Stewart had the idea of regenerating the family’s farm, specifically some of the disused outbuildings, by building a distillery on the family farm and producing a completely homegrown Scottish Gin.
Her family have farmed the land for over 400 years, and much has changed. Helen felt that restoring a traditional farm building and foraging for botanicals on the farm was an innovative yet respectful way to utilise the land and carry on the family name and tradition of producing Scottish food and now Scottish Gin.
Badvo Gin is made using 100% hand foraged Scottish botanicals, including juniper, which grows extensively on the family's Pitlochry farm land. Key botanicals include nettles and wild mint giving the gin a crisp, fresh and herbal taste.
Key Botanical(s): Scottish Juniper, Nettles, Wild Mint
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 45% vol
Goes great with: Orange peel, Mediterranean tonic and ice.
1451 is a gin created by Badvo Distillery for the University of Glasgow, of which Helen is a graduate. Similarly to the original Badvo Gin, this edition is 100% hand foraged Scottish Gin. 1451 is the year the University was established and this gin is a celebration of its long history. Peppery juniper on the almost, almost woody. Underlying citrus notes and cute apples. Warm stewed apples and juniper on the palate. Sweeter notes and honey and delicate florals. An extremely long and warming finish with a signature Badvo wild mint finale.
Key Botanical(s): Scottish Juniper, Apples, Wild Mint, Meadowsweet, Honeysuckle
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A slice of green apple, tonic and ice.
Housed in an old converted stone farm building in a wild Scottish glen near Pitlochry, Badvo Distillery looks like any other farm building in the area. Step inside, and you’ll discover the copper glow of two traditional style alembic copper stills where the distillation, bottling, and labelling take place, led by distiller Helen, along with the help of the family. The area is also rich in botanicals and fauna. You can often see red deer, birds of prey, red squirrels, and a local grey heron, often seen flying up and down the glen. The sight of this local heron inspired the Badvo branding and packaging.
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