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Inspired by an internationally acclaimed Scottish fiddle tune, ‘The Gael’ Signature Scottish Gin is five times distilled using malted barley and 10 botanicals, including Scottish heather. The result, light citrus and heather on the nose, following through with juniper and spice and a smooth, warm finish.
It was at one particular gathering, enjoying the music and possibly one too many gins, that the dream began for four friends. Nigel and Beverley with a background in the drinks industry, Jamie with a background in the music industry and his partner Tanya, crucially each with an interest in both gin and music. With a little more music and a little more gin, they set their sights on combining the two and slowly the dream became reality. ‘The Gael’ is a well known fiddle tune which was originally written by Dougie MacLean, Jamie's father, in 1988 as a commission for The Loch Ness Visitor Centre. It subsequently featured in the soundtrack for the movie The Last of The Mohicans and is played by pipe bands and fiddlers the world over.
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.
The Gael Scottish Gin is five times distilled by Rickie Christie at Strathleven Distillers using malted barley and 10 botanicals. Strathleven is one of a handful of Scottish Gin distilleries that create grain to glass spirits, creating their own base spirit from barley. Nigel Large, one of the four founders of The Gael Spirits Company, having worked in the drinks trade for many years, knew Rickie personally and knew he could help them bring their distinctly Scottish Gin to life.