Coll is a remote Scottish Island on the West coast of Scotland that forms part of the chain of islands that make up the Inner Hebrides. Established by friends Andrew Cranston and Douglas Brown, who both have strong family ties to Coll, the friends set to work building the Isle of Coll Distillery. Although the first legal distillery on the island, like other small island communities, it’s certainly not the first time a spirit has been produced on Coll with folklore and island tales of illicit distilleries going back centuries.
Inspired by the landscape and the proud history of the Hebridean islands, Andrew and Douglas worked with local chef, Colin Wheeler-James, who runs a cookery school that focuses on foraging and using local ingredients, to develop their recipe. Launching their signature Isle of Coll Hebridean Gin in July 2021, the distillery aims to produce a variety of Scottish Gins and spirits inspired by the island’s history and rich botanical landscape.
Isle of Coll Hebridean Gin is distilled using ten botanicals including locally foraged heather, kelp and Bog Myrtle combined with a number of other traditional gin botanicals to create a dry gin that has herbaceous notes reflective of their local landscape and a subtle taste of the surrounding sea.
Key Botanical(s): Heather, Kelp, Bog Myrtle
Gin Style: London Dry
Goes great with: A slice of lime, tonic and ice.