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Distilled using wild heather flowers hand-picked on the Isle of Bute, Heather Gin has a vibrant floral nose and to taste a bright sweetness of pink grapefruit. A fine balance of citrus and floral, the pink grapefruit along with other classic gin botanicals creates a sweet, citrus finish.
The Isle of Bute is a picturesque island located off of Scotland’s West Coast. Small in size, big on scenery, the island is the inspiration behind the Isle of Bute Gins. The brand made a splash in 2019 when they launched their two signature gin expressions, one of which included the use of Oyster shells as a key botanical. Since then the team have expanded their range, moved production back home, all the while working with experienced distiller Simon Tardivel and a beautiful 200 litre copper pot still. They now offer tours, tastings and an on site gin garden in the main town of Rothesay.
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.
Although the initial batch was distilled on Bute, the team had to upscale and produce subsequent batches at their Merchant City Brewing Co. premises in Glasgow for around 18 months. Their long-awaited return to Bute was historical for the team and island community. Production at the new distillery officially commenced in early 2020 and now all the Isle of Bute Gins are proudly distilled on the island.