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Inspired by legacy of local Cromarty figure Hugh Miller, a famous Geologist and fossil hunter, The Geologist Gin combines a variety of gin botanicals including juniper, grains of paradise, cinnamon,orris root, vanilla and cocoa beans. Other botanicals include apples along with the unique tomono fruit, which are small edible berries that are similar in flavour to a toffee apple.
Cromarty was the birthplace and home to Hugh Miller who was born in 1802. Along with being a stonemason, social justice campaigner, writer, editor and man of faith, he became a renowned fossil hunter and geologist. Considered to be one of the great Scots of the 19th century, Hugh’s childhood home, fossil collection and writings still have an influence and legacy in the area and provided the inspiration behind The Geologist 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.
The original Cromarty Distillery opened its doors in 1826 in the Highland town of Cromarty at the northern end of the Black Isle peninsula. Plans are currently in place to build a new Cromarty Distillery with the goal of opening the doors to visitors where a warm Highland welcome will await, along with samples of gin, whisky and more. In the meantime, The Geologist is made at Nautilus Distillery, home to Sutors Gin.