Snawstorm Scottish Spirits was set up in 2019 by husband and wife team Leon and Susan Chessor. They wanted to create distinctively different spirits that evoked the Scottish landscape with unique and interesting characteristics. As a keen hillwalker, Leon was quite used to blizzard conditions roaming the Cairngorms National Park and this is where he first had the idea to use the purest water in making their spirits, which is collected from natural springs in the Cairngorms.
Both the vodka and gin is made using new-make spirit sourced from a local Speyside whisky distillery, creating a distinctive base spirit to work from. The end result was always going to be a refreshing serve and so the branding was designed to be as clean and crisp as the spirit itself. Leon and Susan carefully selected the reputable Aberdeenshire distillery, Lost Loch Spirits, to develop and distil their products and they’re truly delighted with the results.
From the outset, the gin was intended to be clean, crisp and exceptionally smooth; a taste of the Cairngorms. The pine needles, which are foraged locally from around the owner’s home, work really well and complement the piney juniper, balanced alongside the citrus sweet dried Spanish oranges and fresh lime peel. The finished product is a juniper forward gin with a fresh citrus profile followed by a smooth, earthy dryness coming from the cubebs, cassia bark and almonds.
Key Botanical(s): Spanish Oranges, Fresh Lime Peel, Scots Pine Needles, Almonds
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A slice of lemon, tonic and ice.