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The first gin from The Wee Farm Distillery takes its name from Scotland’s Drovers. Drovers Gin was created as a tribute to the many hardy Drovers and Farmers who over the centuries have helped Scotland build a reputation for fantastic livestock and producing the very best quality food. Drovers Gin was created with food pairing in mind and contains red peppercorns and allspice, two botanicals which compliment and work well alongside steak. Some of the other botanicals in Drovers Gin, including Thistle and Heather, are what Drovers would have found when foraging on foot.
Jenny McKerr runs a small livestock farm in South Lanarkshire and is the founder of The Wee Farm Distillery. Established in 2018, The Wee Farm Distillery produces small batch, hand crafted and genuine, honest rural Scottish Gin. Jenny uses the local landscape and Scotland’s long and rich agricultural history as inspiration for developing her recipes. The Wee Farm Distillery slowly infuse a mixture of traditional gin botanicals to create spirits that provide a real taste of the local landscape. Jenny distils, bottles and labels on the farm with help from her trusty sheep dog Victor.
Distilled Gins are similar to London Dry Gins, except natural or artificial flavourings can be added after the distillation process. The flavours can vary greatly and some gins can often cross over to other gin styles, for example where sugars have been added to created an Old Tom style gin or maceration with fruit to create a Flavoured Gin. Some Distilled Gins also follow the London Dry style to the letter but go on to include additional botanical/s to their gin post-distillation and therefore can’t be classed as a London Dry Gin. Distilled Gin is sometimes referred to as Contemporary, New American, New Western or International style gin.
The Wee Farm Distillery, the first micro-distillery in South Lanarkshire, is located in the Hills of Forth. Tucked away in an old traditional stone farm outbuilding, you’ll find the mint green door of the distillery. Inside you’ll find Jenny McKerr, owner and distiller of The Wee Farm Distillery. In 2020, Jenny updated her copper pot to a still modest 50 litre, distilling genuine small batch Scottish Gins and Scottish Gin based liqueurs.