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Isle of Bute Oaked Gin is distilled using a variety of traditional gin botanicals including juniper, coriander and citrus. Aged Scottish Whisky barrels were broken down into wood chips and placed in the gin still’s botanical basket in the head of the still. As the gin is distilled the vapours from the gin are pulled up through the head of the still and through the basket drawing out some of the flavours from the wood chips. The result is a Scottish Gin that is still a gin in terms of flavour but also includes subtle hints of vanilla, pine and sandalwood from the oak wood chips.
Oris Root, Vanilla, Oak Wood Chips
Goes great with:
Neat over ice or with a slice of orange, tonic and ice
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.