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Legend tells of a sword wielding viking by the name of Magnus Barelegs, the King of Norway, circumnavigating his longboat around the peninsula of Kintyre before landing ashore and claiming Kintyre as his own. Tarbert Legbiter is a fitting tribute to the bold, strong king. Bottled at 57% ABV, this Navy Strength gin was originally created as limited edition gin as part of the Kintyre Gin club. The gin proved so popular it was added to the core range of spirits. Distilled using hibiscus flower and pink peppercorns, the flavour profile is described as sweet and light on the palette, with hints of floral before a dry, lingering and spicy finish.
‘Beinn an Tuirc’ translates from gaelic as ‘The Hill of the Wild Boar’ and is the highest point in Kintyre, located above the distillery. The range of Kintyre Gins are sustainably produced using the distillery's own renewable energy, powered from the small hydro-electric scheme at Torrisdale Castle Estate. The water too, is sourced from the very hill where they take their name. Kintyre Gin was created to reflect the distillery's unique coastal, pasture and woodland position on the east coast of the Kintyre peninsula.
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.
Beinn an Tuirc Distillery occupies a former piggery building located on the Torrisdale Castle Estate in Kintyre, Scotland. Torrisdale Castle Estate has been in the ownership of the Macalister Hall family since 1872 and over the years has benefited from innovative diversification and in 2020 they generated more energy than they used, with an ongoing focus to reduce their carbon footprint. The Beinn an Tuirc Distillery features a distillery, tasting room, shop and gin school with big plans to introduce a cafe, walled garden, whisky stills and more in 2021. Their still, ‘Big Don’, produces a variety of gin expressions and other spirits and liqueurs.