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Farmhouse Gin is inspired by Scotland and the Middle East. The gin features juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, oris root, lime peel, orange peel and sumac. It’s the sumac that adds an extra layer of citrus, an almost lemon and lime tartness with an exotic twist.
Farmhouse Gin was inspired by Lewis’s family farm and his time working and living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The family farm in Melrose in the Scottish Borders had a pretty unique feature - a camel windvane overlooking the farm. The farm was previously owned by the founder of the Arab Legion, a specialist army unit, and upon his arrival to Scotland, and taking ownership of the farm, he had a camel windvane fitted as a reminder of home, which remains there to this day. After a move to Dubai in 2015, Lewis discovered a world of new flavours including spices. With wild camels a common sight around Dubai, it was a constant reminder of the family farm and the windvane he’d grown up with.
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.
It wasn’t until Lewis’s move back to Scotland in late 2019 that he decided the time was right to start his Scottish Gin business inspired by his adventures in the Middle East. Determined to create a recipe he could be proud of, he partnered with the reputable Distillutions in Arbroath, who are responsible for a number of award-winning gins. The experienced owner and head distiller, also called Lewis, guided Lewis through the various trials and ultimately Farmhouse Gin is distilled in small batches in a 50 litre modular still at Distillutions.