Mikkelmas Gin

41.3% ABV

£31.50

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Mikkelmas Gin presented in a reusable stoneware bottle is inspired by The Mikkel Feast, or the Feast of St Michael, traditionally celebrated by Orcadians from 29th September to 12th October. This celebration marks the end of the harvest and summer. The tradition still exists today with most parishes still hosting their own Harvest Home, a traditional meal and dance that lasts long into the night. Bold, seasonal botanicals are used to capture the warming autumnal spirit of Mikkelmas in a spicy, silky smooth gin.

Tasting notes

Key Flavours:

Nose:

Both earthy and mulled spice, tart orange zest

Taste:

Warming cinnamon, cloves and ginger with refreshing orange and juniper

Finish:

Long smooth finish with a hints of cinnamon sweetness and refreshing cardamom

Key Botanical(s):

Cinnamon, Rose Hip, Heather Berries

Goes great with:

A slice of orange or fresh ginger, ginger beer and ice
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About

Gary and Andrea Watt, Orcadians and husband and wife team behind Orkney Gin Company, started making homemade gin as a Christmas gift for family and friends. Realising how much they enjoyed the process and going by the feedback they received from family and friends, The Orkney Gin Company was established, which now includes their daughter Erin. Gary and Andrea knew they wanted to create something truly original but with a sense of heritage and connection to the surrounding land. They opted for the cold-compounding method to create their gins, infusing the botanicals in a labour-intensive bathtub method to impart the unique aroma and flavours found in their award-winning gins.

Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin takes its name from a term that first appeared in America in the 1920’s during the prohibition era as bootleggers found bathtubs were the perfect size for making batches of gin. Also known as compounded or cold compounded, this production method combines a neutral alcohol spirit and botanicals in a large vessel where the alcohol slowly extracts the flavours and colours from the botanicals. 

Production

After years of cold compounding gin at home, Gary and Andrea Watt, together with their daughter Erin, recently put the finishing touches on their modern purpose-built distillery next to their family home, which allows them to not only meet demand for their popular Orcadian 'Bathtub' gins but all also experiment and produce new flavours and styles including distilled spirits.

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