Launched by Lewis Mallen in 2020, Farmhouse Gin was inspired by Lewis’s family farm and his time working and living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The family farm in Melrose in the Scottish Borders had a pretty unique feature – a camel windvane overlooking the farm. The farm was previously owned by the founder of the Arab Legion, a specialist army unit, and upon his arrival to Scotland, and taking ownership of the farm, he had a camel windvane fitted as a reminder of home, which remains there to this day.
After a move to Dubai in 2015, Lewis discovered a world of new flavours including spices. With wild camels a common sight around Dubai, it was a constant reminder of the family farm and the windvane he’d grown up with. With a growing love of gin and food, Lewis was inspired to create his own gin that captured some of his Scottish roots along with some of the bold and exciting flavours he’d discovered during his time abroad. But it wasn’t until a move back to Scotland in late 2019 that Lewis decided the time was right to start his Scottish Gin business inspired by his adventures in the Middle East.
Farmhouse Gin is inspired by Scotland and the Middle East. The gin features juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, oris root, lime peel, orange peel and sumac. It’s the sumac that adds an extra layer of citrus, an almost lemon and lime tartness with an exotic twist. A classic London Dry Gin, Farmhouse Gin is crisp with juniper notes and bold citrus and a warming spice on the finish with hints of earthy pepper and a subtle smokiness.
Key Botanical(s): Lime Peel, Orange Peel, Sumac
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.
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