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A classic London Dry gin profile, Roehill Springs Gin No 5 is carefully distilled using local water and a curated selection of botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica root, cassia bark, pink peppercorns and a selection of locally foraged botanicals, which are top secret. To taste, it’s described as classically juniper-led, followed by bold citrus and sweet floral notes to finish, rounded off with a beautiful, smooth mouth feel.
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.
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 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”.