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A gin that was created to capture the essence of Tiree and the local island landscape. Surrounded by the vast Atlantic Ocean, the gin features kelp harvested from the local coastline to give a distinctive taste of the seas. When distilled the kelp provides a slightly salty but sweet flavour along with other botanicals including eyebright, ladies bedstraw, water mint and angelica all combined to create a complex but clean flavour profile that has notes of floral vanilla notes capturing the spirit of the island.
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In early 2019, production of Tyree Gin moved back to the island of Tiree. The story of the distillery is one that started back in 2017 when the gin was first launched. Although originally produced outside of Scotland, the founders had always planned to bring distillation back to Tiree, a small island off the west coast of Scotland. After a lot of planning and growing the brand, in February 2019, the founders finalised renovation of an industrial shed in West Hynish in the southwest of the island and after a break of 217 years, Tiree was once again home to a legal operational distillery. The gin takes its name from the original spelling of the island before it was changed in the middle of the 18th century to Tiree.
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 Tiree Whisky Company Distillery officially started production of Tiree Gin in 2019, bringing legal distillation back to the Isle of Tiree for the first time in 217 years. The island was once home to over fifty distilleries, both legal and illicit producing a variety of distillates. The distillery can be found in the remote area of West Hynish, which is south-west on Tiree.