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William Kerr's Borders Gin is the inaugural gin release from The Borders Distillery. One of a handful of Scottish Gin producers making their own base spirit, the distillery add their own blend of traditional gin botanicals to their specially commissioned Carter Head Still to create a smooth gin with flavours of pine, citrus, cinnamon and mint. Paying homage to William Kerr himself, a local botanist who travelled near and far to discover new species of plant, the beautifully designed label showcases the botanicals from near and far, which include juniper, cassia bark, orange peel and liquorice root.
In the early 19th Century, William Kerr, the talented yet humble botanist, leaves his home town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, to explore The Orient and the Indian Sub-Continent, seeking new species of plant to send back to Europe. Kerr’s Gin celebrates the man himself and the explorer, adventurer and discoverer in all of us. Extensive renovation and investment has gone into the impressive distillery, home to a range of spirits. As well as attracting an experienced distillery manager in Andrew Nairn, they've employed and trained a number of young distillers to learn the craft of distilling.
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 Borders Distillery is the first Scotch Whisky distillery in the Scottish Borders since 1837, opening its doors in March 2018. Set in the former Hawick Electric Company, the building had seen a number of uses over the years and at one point generated all the power for the town of Hawick. The distillery features plenty of copper with the whisky stills and a specially commissioned Carter Head Still, which distills William Kerr's Borders Gin using their own base spirit made at the distillery.