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A new colour changing gin from Roehill Springs Distillery, which uses their signature No 5 as the base, with the addition of the magical butterfly pea flower botanical. What starts out as a blue gin, with the addition of tonic, changes from blue to purple or pink, depending on the pH of the mixer. Described as fruity with light floral notes on the nose, citrus and spice to taste with a lingering sweetness and a hint of butterscotch on the finish.
Roehill Springs Distillery was established in 2019 by husband and wife Duncan and Shirley Morrison. The distillery is located on the Morrison family farm near the market town of Keith in Moray. Along with running the farm, Duncan also worked as a stillman for twelve years and gained a qualification in Distilling from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. Putting his years of distillery experience to good use, Duncan renovated an old outbuilding on their family farm, purchased a traditional alembic copper pot still for making spirits and fitted a bespoke column, making for a lighter, yet vibrant gin.
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.
A long held ambition to launch their own gin, Shirley and Duncan Morrison purchased a small thirty litre still and began testing and developing recipes using various botanicals, slowly fine tuning what would eventually become their signature Scottish Gin expression. Having converted an outbuilding on their family farm, this same still takes pride of place in the distillery and is responsible for capturing the heart of every run, using the finest locally foraged and traditional botanicals and the land's natural spring water. This traditional copper pot still has a large column for its size and built-in vapour basket giving the vapour lots of copper contact, which Duncan refers to as “the copper kiss”.