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Lussa Gin is an expression of the landscape on the Isle of Jura off Scotland’s wild west coast. For the team behind Lussa Gin that means growing, gathering and distilling local botanicals. They say location is everything, and luckily for them, their distillery is slap bang in the middle of a number of botanicals that grow on the island with additional botanicals brought in by boat from their trusted supplier. Lussa Gin is made at Ardlussa, at the north end of Jura. The terrain can be tough going and the weather unforgiving, but that’s why it’s an adventure.
Life would be boring without the occasional adventure. Living on a remote Scottish Island that can only be accessed by ferry when the weather is favourable, has one road, a population of 200 people and over 6000 deer sounds like an adventure is never far away. In 2015, with mother nature’s botanical larder readily available on the island, three friends Alicia Macinnes, Claire Fletcher and Georgina Kitching decided they wanted to share a new adventure together. With their own individual skills and backgrounds, they decided to set-up a distillery in Ardlussa on the island of Jura. Encouraged by their shared love of Jura and supported by the local community, the distillery was opened and Lussa Gin was born.
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.
A visit to this remote distillery on the Isle of Jura is a true Scottish Gin adventure. Once you depart from the ferry, you’ll drive 25 miles along a single track road until you happen upon the Lussa Gin Distillery, which can be found in a converted stable block. Originally starting out with a modest 10 litre still, 'Little Jim', the founders soon had to upscale to keep with up the demand and how work out of a 200 litre capacity alembic copper pot still named 'Hamish'.