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The fourth release in the Distillers Cut series of gins, Wild Island Distillers Cut Gin is the first release in the series that comes in a 70cl and features the packaging style from the core Wild Island gin expressions. Distilled on the Isle of Colonsay, the gin was created using a total of seventeen botanicals, seven of which are foraged from the island including redcurrants, lemon balm and sea buckthorn.
Colonsay Beverages was established in 2007 and has been brewing craft beer on the island for over 12 years. With so many wonderful botanicals on the Isle of Colonsay, the team decided to create a range of gins that captured the wild and beautiful island. In 2016, they released their first in a series of gins, Wild Island Botanic Gin, opting to go with the well respected Langley Distillery near Birmingham for distillation. It was early 2018 when the island’s first legal gin still was installed and commissioned, providing the opportunity to get creative with locally foraged botanicals and create a new range of Scottish Gin expressions that capture the magic of Colonsay.
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 long-term goal of Colonsay Beverages was always to bring gin distillation back to the Island of Colonsay, and while production of the core expressions remains at Langley Distillery; in 2017, they distilled their first Distiller’s Cut Gin on the island, making the first legal gin on the Isle of Colonsay for over 100 years. The team now have a dedicated distillery and distiller on Colonsay, and have gone on to create a range of island-inspired expressions featuring the best in-season flora from the local landscape.