Based close to Glasgow, in the small village of Stonehouse in South Lanarkshire, Shoogle Spirits is very much a family affair, born out of a shared love for gin, tragically a few family losses and a new perspective on life and work as a result of Covid-19 and Lockdown. Three generations have worked together to perfect their signature Scottish Dry Gin in partnership with Inspirited Distillery, the family’s neighbours and friends in South Lanarkshire.
The gin itself is described as a classic London Dry style gin, with a traditional juniper backbone, citrus forward flavour profile and lingering pepper spice backdrop. Alongside juniper, a number of traditional gin botanicals have been used including coriander seed, angelica root, orange and cardamom, together with some more unusual and exotic botanicals, most notably kumquat, which the family source from a local family-run grocer.
Shoogle Gin presents itself as a sweet citrus forward gin with a pepper spice backdrop. The juniper and kumquat appear on the nose at first, luring you in with a hint of tangerine before giving way to traces of cinnamon, almond and spicy pink peppercorn. On the palate, the initial citrus sweetness melts into the piney juniper before the warming flavours of cassia, tonka bean and cardamom level things out a little, in preparation for the more earthy notes of angelica root and the final pepper spice hit from the pink peppercorn.
Key Botanical(s): Kumquat, Pink Peppercorn, Baobab Fruit, Tonka Bean
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.