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Dark Art Distillery’s signature Sky Garden Gin is a classic London Dry Gin flavour profile. Combining piney juniper, vibrant citrus and other classic gin botanicals, Sky Garden Galloway Gin also features a number of night blooming floral botanicals.
Sitting on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, the distillery takes inspiration from the park itself, which at night becomes one of the darkest places in Europe for star gazing. Established by Andrew Clark Hutchison in the small town of Kirkcudbright, Andrew has long family ties to the area and is the fifth generation of his family to live and work in the town. The distillery sits alongside a number of other businesses who share the site including the Dark Space Planetarium and a number of art studios. Many of the original school features remain including the original clock tower and chalk boards.
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.
Dark Art Distillery official opened in July 2021 with the launch of its signature Sky Garden Gin. Forming part of the larger site of the former primary School, the Dark Art Distillery houses a custom-built 450 litre Carl still named ‘Peggy’, after founder Andrew’s grandmother who hailed from Kirkcudbright. The distilling team at the distillery is led by Fiona Williamson, a graduate of Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Brewing and Distilling.