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Distilled using locally foraged Scottish heather and a variety of traditional gin botanicals including citrus, Downpour Scottish Dry Gin is distilled using a method that retains visible traces of the botanical oils and essences, which results in a slightly cloudy appearance when mixed with tonic. A classic juniper flavour profile that has a big hit of juniper, punchy citrus and a slightly sweet undertone from the use of the Scottish Heather.
Couple Kate MacDonald and Jonny Ingledew both grew up on North Uist before moving to the mainland to follow their careers. With a background in distilling and brewing, Jonny along with Kate, felt the call of the island drawing them back. With a love of island life and with each of their respective families being an integral part of the community on North Uist, they decided the time was right to relocate home in and establish a new chapter in both the stories of their families and the island, with their flagship Downpour Gin launching in April 2019.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
With the blessing of the twelve island crofters, the couple behind North Uist Distillery Co. were granted permission to build their own distillery located on the historic ‘Illeray Common Grazing’ land. Kate and Jonny are currently distilling from a temporary location on the island until their new distillery is completed. The historic Nunton Steadings building on Benbecula will be the site for their brand new distillery. With a rich history, including tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his connection with Nunton, this U-Shaped building features beautiful original cobbled floors, which will be the perfect place for the whisky casks during maturation as well as a home for their planned visitor centre.