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The third in the range of gins from Isle of Cumbrae Distillers is a very local, community focussed gin, entitled Restoration Gin. A portion of sales go to the Millport Town Hall restoration project, something the team are very passionate about, having been inspired to make gin that would raise funds to save the Town Hall in the very first place, before the idea for their distillery was even born. The taste of the gin is deep and fruity having used Pineapple, Mango and Elderberry in the distillation.
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.