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Croc Rock Gin celebrates Millport’s Crocodile Rock, one of the most recognised symbols of the island for over 100 years. The gin’s main botanicals of Cacao, stem ginger and orange symbolise the love locals have for the Croc, while at the same time recognising the potential danger of his bite. Every visitor to Millport has special moments and memories of Crocodile Rock. For the distillery team, Croc Rock truly symbolises the spirit of Millport and the gin is made to capture this magical spirit.
Fresh aromas of pine-forward juniper and orange, subtle spicy tones that fill out the heavier citrus notes
Sweetness of the stem ginger and orange on the tip of the tongue. As you start to sense a warmth of heat from the ginger, you simultaneously taste a note of dark chocolate, perfectly balanced with the depth of the cacao creating a nuanced, rich flavour in the finish
The distillery opened its doors in September 2020 and was established by five friends with diverse nationalities including Canadian, American and British. The all female distilling team came together over a few gins and the idea to help raise funds to save Millport’s historic Town Hall building. Located on the West Coast of Scotland, Isle of Cumbrae is just short 8-minute ferry ride from the mainland town of Largs. Surrounded by an ever-changing sea and magnificent views of the surrounding islands, its main town of Millport embodies the typical small Scottish island community, with a historic Victorian town centre, dotted with a range of shops and pubs, overlooking the picturesque harbour.
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 Isle of Cumbrae distillery can be found on the harbour front of Millport. The distillery is home to a traditional Portuguese alembic still. The distillery also features a shop that stock a selection of products and gifts. The distillery is open to the public with gin tours and tastings available on selected days. The tour not only covers the fascinating history of gin, but ties in the colourful smuggling stories of the Clyde and the history of Millport, as well as their own persona; story behind the all-female distillery business.