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Kintyre Gin includes 12 botanicals in their core expression, which have all been sustainably sourced. To achieve the characteristics of a very flavoursome and well-balanced spirit, the gin consists of 10 commonly used botanicals, with the addition of 2 which are unique, namely Icelandic moss and sheep sorrel – both grow on the Torrisdale estate in abundance. Either through maceration or vapour infusion, these produce a gin which is described as having earthy and spicy characteristics, being deep in flavour, with a very pleasant floral aroma; a true taste of Kintyre.
‘Beinn an Tuirc’ translates from gaelic as ‘The Hill of the Wild Boar’ and is the highest point in Kintyre, located above the distillery. The range of Kintyre Gins are sustainably produced using the distillery's own renewable energy, powered from the small hydro-electric scheme at Torrisdale Castle Estate. The water too, is sourced from the very hill where they take their name. Kintyre Gin was created to reflect the distillery's unique coastal, pasture and woodland position on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula.
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.
Beinn an Tuirc Distillery occupies a former piggery building located on the Torrisdale Castle Estate in Kintyre, Scotland. Torrisdale Castle Estate has been in the ownership of the Macalister Hall family since 1872 and over the years has benefited from innovative diversification and in 2020 they generated more energy than they used, with an ongoing focus to reduce their carbon footprint. The Beinn an Tuirc Distillery features a distillery, tasting room, shop and gin school with big plans to introduce a cafe, walled garden, whisky stills and more in 2021. Their still, ‘Big Don’, produces a variety of gin expressions and other spirits and liqueurs.