Located on the historic eastern shore of Loch Auchlossan, a 17th century loch that was said to harbour a variety of fish including great pike of unusual size and weight; the Loch was subsequently drained in 1859 for use as agricultural land. You’ll find the Lost Loch Spirits’ Distillery nestled between forest and farmland on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park. The Distillery was established in 2017 by Peter Dignan and Richard Pierce.
From the off-set Peter and Richard wanted to create original spirits that had provenance, character and spirits that have a link to local folklore and historical figures from the local Royal Deeside area.
Lost Loch Spirits were the first in Scotland to produce a Scottish Absinth – Murmichan – with the help of Dylan Carey, an American studying at Herriot-Watt University.
eeNoo takes its inspiration from the story of Eenoolooapik the Inuit, locally known as Eenoo, who arrived in Aberdeen aboard the whaling ship Neptune in 1839. Having joined the ship's crew at Baffin Island in Canada, Eenoo had a long held desire to visit Scotland. He spent time learning Western Ways while sharing his crafts including his Qajaq (canoe) skills on the River Dee and his knowledge of herbs, spices and botanicals. eeNoo Gin is light and refreshing with an undertone of fruit and honey, balanced with juniper and citrus.
Key Botanical(s): Scottish Brambles, Raspberries, Deeside Honey, Heather Flower
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: Fresh raspberries, tonic and ice.
The first gin the Singular Series of spirits from Lost Loch, Rucolino Gin. This limited edition, single batch gin uses signature eeNoo Scottish Gin, which is then infused with rocket, clove, orange and lemon peel. The flavour profile is inspired by the Italian Rucolino, a traditional Italian herbal liqueur. Herbaceous notes with bold bursts of citrus as a result of the carefully blended flavours, creating a unique favour profile bottled at 58.3% ABV.
Key Botanical(s): Rocket, Clove, Citrus Peel
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 58.3% vol
Goes great with: Neat over ice or a wedge of orange, tonic and ice.
Located on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Lost Loch Spirits Distillery and Spirits School overlooks a vast expanse of green hills, forests, agricultural land and of course the lost loch of Loch Auchlossan. Sitting on what would have once been the Eastern Shore of the loch, the outline of which can bee seen after a heavy downpour, the distillery houses a variety of traditional copper stills and a modern iStill. The local landscape, wild Scottish botanicals and local folklore have influenced the products made by the team at the distillery. A percentage of the power and heat utilised at the distillery comes from renewable sources as the site is fitted with a wind turbine, a solar panel array and a biomass boiler.
Gin School: Yes
Booking: Book a spirits school experience or distillery tour here
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