OUR BOTANICALS

A superior gin begins with Juniper.

In fact, if you don't have juniper...well, you have vodka! In order for a gin to qualify as such, it must have juniper and it must be at least 37% abv. A craft gin is normally a minimum of 40%.  We often refer to Juniper as a berry but, in fact, juniper 'berries' are very small cones,  each one retaining rich essential oils, which we carefully extract during the distillation process to create our gin.

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NOSTALGIN

In choosing our main botanicals, we tried to capture the transformation people describe when making their short ferry journey from Largs to Cumbrae; an instant lifting of stress, to a feeling of calm serenity. Our first thought was lavender. Our intention in using lavender is to awaken your senses with something fresh and light, to make you take notice of the ocean and the mountains surrounding you.

We’ve paired the distinctive taste of  lavender with ripe, fresh bramble, a berry that dominates our island coast in September and is an abundant local resource for our gin. Its complex flavours mirror the transformation, taking you from an awakening of the senses to a feeling of utter peace and calm. Finally, we chose a hint of sweet orange to complement the lavender and blackberry, to add a juicy, rich and flavourful blend to the main botanicals. We topped our recipe off with a dash of noble Scottish thistle and a smidgen of heather, considered to bring good luck and protection.

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Floral, fruit, citrus

Pallet: Lavender, bramble, orange, juniper Finish; Fresh with citrus tang

PERFECT POUR

Nostalgin is best served with a light tonic and a slice of orange

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CROC ROCK

We all love the Croc and felt no botanical could better represent our affection than cacao, the main ingredient in dark chocolate…we are happy to report that none of the calories get transferred. Cacao’s antioxidant potential has a range of health benefits including reducing stress levels. A weekend in Millport and a bottle of our gin; it’s exactly what the doctor ordered!

When the smooth silky taste of chocolate meets the bright zesty notes of orange in a bottle of gin, no two flavours hit it off better, the bittersweet astringency of the cacao complementing the sweet robust orange in a perfect balance. And finally, we chose stem ginger as our final feature botanical, because crocodiles do have the potential to bite. Cooked slowly in syrup to give a warm richness, fresh citrusy aromas and a slight kick of heat, ginger creates an exotic, sweet and peppery warmth to the finish.

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Sweet, warm, citrus
Pallet: Chocolate, ginger, orange, juniper Finish: Complex with citrus finish and a slightly peppery heat

PERFECT POUR

Croc Rock Gin is best served with a light tonic and a slice of orange or ginger

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RESTORATION GIN

Restoration Gin’s is a limited release gin commemorating the restoration of the heart of our community - Millport’s historic town hall. We thought long and hard about which botanicals would best tell the story and the first one we chose was pineapple. The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and is considered an expression of welcome and celebration, which we felt was a perfect fit for the Town Hall story.

We also loved the marriage of pineapple with another exotic fruit, mango. Symbol of love and happiness, the Mango encourages us to remember and honour happy moments in our childhood and in our life to rejuvenate the soul; it signals a period of returning to our past to reconnect with friends, family and places; it reminds us to focus on happy times. The final botanical we have included is Elderberry. Known for its fragrant white flowers and glossy purple berries, the noble elder was believed to be magical and the ancient Celts believed that the tree protected us from negative influences and symbolized good health and prosperity. The elder tree is connected with the circle of life, death and rebirth. And we felt this botanical really captured the restoration of Millport Town’s Hall, which had a full and vibrant life from its birth in 1878, a death with its closure and now we celebrate a rebirth with its restoration

TASTING NOTES

Nose: Deep and fruity
Pallet: Pineapple, mango, juniper and slight peppery tones Finish; Fresh with rich fruit flavours

PERFECT POUR

Restoration Gin is best served with a light tonic and a slice of pineapple or orange

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OUR TARTAN

When we set out to design our label, we knew we wanted something that would scream 'Scotland' - what better way than with a tartan! The Nostalgin tartan, which has been officially registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans (probably the only gin in the world with its own tartan), represents each of the colours of our botanicals” the bright pinky-purple of the Scottish thistle, the lilac hues of Scottish heather, the calming blue-violet of summer lavender and the rich plum of late summer brambles. We add in a line of orange and tie it together with green to represent the meadows and fields where these amazing plants grow.

 
 
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