Dunnet Bay Distillery was established in 2014 by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray, along with their trusty four legged companion George (who sadly died in 2016 though his name lives on in the gins and vodka produced by Rock Rose).
Rock Rose Gin is made at the Dunnet Bay Distillery all the way up in Caithness, right on the Northern tip of Scotland, a place renowned for world class surf if you can face the ice cold tides. This very northerly gin features an alluring botanical selection including locally harvested Rhodiola Rosea, Rowan Berries, Sea Buckthorn, Blaeberries, Verbena, Coriander Seed, Cardamom and Juniper from two different countries - Italy and Bulgaria. They use a traditional copper pot still, which of course has a name (it's Elizabeth). Elizabeth is one of the only British made stills in use by gin distillers anywhere in the U.K.
The Old Tom Gin is made with organic pink grapefruits that are peeled by hand, the peel goes in to the botanical basket alongside the supporting botanicals for distillation. A touch of muscovado sugar is added afterwards, bringing that familiar Old Tom sweetness to the fore.
Old Tom Gin
The couple use 18 botanicals, of which 5 are grown locally. Juniper berries, rhodiola rosea, rowan berries, sea buckthorn, blaeberries, verbena, coriander seed, and cardamom. This edition also uses pink grapefruit and is sweetened with muscovado sugar
Nose: Floral up front with citrus blossom and lavender, shortly followed by forest floor earthiness and oily juniper warmth.
Palate: Angelica, fresh grapefruit zest, more lavender and juniper, a few flourishes of pink peppercorn.
Finish: Lasting fresh fruit sweetness and a touch of vanilla.
Fantastic in a Gin Sour or a Gin Fizz! Light tonic garnished with pink grapefruit.