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.
Navy Strength Gin
Navy Strength Gin, sometimes called gunpowder or overproof, has to be at least 57% ABV to be classed as a Navy Strength Gin in the UK. It earned the name ‘Navy Strength’ because sailors used to test the ABV of their rationed gin on the ship by mixing it with a small quantity of gunpowder and if the mixture ignited they would know the gin was suitable and had not been watered down. The higher ABV can often amplify the flavours and aromas.
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”.