In 2016, the Thompson brothers, Simon and Philip, turned their long-held fascination for spirits, particularly Scottish Whisky and gin, into a new business venture and launched the Dornoch Distillery Company. Partly self-funded and partly funded through crowdfunding, which proved highly successful and reached its goal within weeks, with interest worldwide.
The funds raised help the brothers renovate a 19th-century Victorian fire station, part of the Dornoch Castle Hotel located in the Scottish Highlands, into the Dornoch Distillery. The Dornoch Distillery Company produced its first set of experimental gins under the Thompson Bros brand in May 2017 to thank those who helped make the brother’s plan a reality and have since gone on to release several Scottish Gin expressions.
This Mediterranean Gin is non-chill filtered to maintain maximum flavour and texture. The distillery creates single infusions of fresh seasonal citrus and herbs and then these individual components are slowly blended with their base botanical blend (juniper, coriander seed, black peppercorn, dried lime, dried lemon, angelica, cardamom and meadowsweet). These single distillations include lemon peel, orange peel, bergamot, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. This base blend and fresh infusions are then diluted slowly over a period of two weeks.
Key Botanical(s): Orange Peel, Bergamot, Thyme
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 45.7% vol
Goes great with: A twist of lemon, tonic and ice.
Situated on the site of the family’s hotel, the Dornoch Castle Hotel, the Dornoch Distillery is housed in a former fire station in the seaside village of Dornoch. The distillery produces a range of experimental and limited edition whiskies along with the Thompson Brothers Organic Highland Gin, the signature gin from the distillery that’s distilled using their own base spirit. The Dornoch Caste Hotel houses one of the best Whisky collections in Scotland.
Gin School: No
Booking: Not open to the public.