Tarbraxus Distillery, makers of Pentland Hills Gin, can be found in the County of South Lanarkshire positioned on the North Western edge of the Pentland Hills, an area bounded by low hills, moorland and interspersed with forests and fields. Owners Phil and Tabatha distil the gin within a converted stable, aptly named the ‘Ginatorium’, which provides just enough space for their 60 litre still ‘Amy’, making this a genuine small batch gin.
The couple’s distilling ethos reflects their life of living within the countryside and sustaining the environment. They grow some of their own botanicals and are seeking to establish more, they also generate power through solar and other renewable sources. The couple, working with Scottish Woodlands, have also invested in replanting juniper alongside a broader programme of woodland regeneration. As part of their commitment to reducing waste they also offer a gin refill service, the etched bottles and packing are all designed to be returned, refilled and sent back, which is an excellent way of enjoying the gin and doing your bit for the environment.
Pentland Hills Gin is made lovingly by co-founder Phil, distilled in limited quantities in a very small copper pot still. On the nose, juniper first and foremost, a hint of cardamon and mint with a subtle chocolate aroma. On the palette, spice on the first pass followed by a sweet, yet fresh hint of orange and mint. To finish, a light pepper spice with a subtle hint of cocoa. Botanicals include Juniper, Pink Peppercorns, Angelica, Coriander, Cardamom and Orris Root with a subtle infusion of Orange, Mint and Cocoa nibs.
Key Botanical(s): Pink Peppercorn, Orange, Mint, Cocoa
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A wedge of orange, tonic and ice.
The Tarbraxus Distillery, situated in the North Western edge of the Pentland Hills, is home to co-founders Phil and Tabatha. Their gin is made under the watchful eye of Panza, their chocolate brown Labrador who was the inspiration behind the Pentland Hills Gin bottle decoration. The distillery is home to a traditional 60 litre Alembic copper pot still named ‘Amy’ and the couple take great pride in doing everything on site including distillation, bottling, packing and of course their revolutionary refill service.
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