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 thought long and hard how we might 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 as one of our key botanicals is to awaken your senses with something fresh and light, to make you take notice of the ocean and the mountains surrounding you, take deep breaths of fresh, crisp, Scottish sea air.

We’ve paired the distinctive taste of lavender with our other main botanical, ripe, fresh bramble (also known as blackberry), a berry that dominates our island coast in September and is an abundant local resource for our gin. Rich in antioxidants, brambles have a deeper taste, sweet and succulent, with earthy undertones. According to English folklore, passing under a bramble branch could heal any sort of ailment and we think that a trip to Millport (and a sip of our gin), is a great way to heal the soul!  

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 bit of Scottish island magic; a dash of noble Scottish thistle for health and improved energy and a smidgen of heather, considered to bring good luck and protection.

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CROC ROCK

Cacao. Yes indeed, the main ingredient in dark chocolate…and one of the feature botanicals in Croc Rock gin, vapour extracted through the distillation process to capture the highly fragrant oils and aromas. In this case, we are happy to report that none of the calories get transferred. Chocolate gets a lot of bad press but 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.  The flavour of orange energizes the gin, giving it a vibrancy, the chocolate notes like the warmth of the summer sun uniting with a fresh island breeze.

Stem Ginger. Our final feature botanical, cooked slowly in syrup to give a warm richness, fresh citrusy aromas and a slight kick of heat, creating something exotic, sweet and peppery with warmth to the finish.

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CROC ROCK

Cacao. Yes indeed, the main ingredient in dark chocolate…and one of the feature botanicals in Croc Rock gin, vapour extracted through the distillation process to capture the highly fragrant oils and aromas. In this case, we are happy to report that none of the calories get transferred. Chocolate gets a lot of bad press but 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.  The flavour of orange energizes the gin, giving it a vibrancy, the chocolate notes like the warmth of the summer sun uniting with a fresh island breeze.

Stem Ginger. Our final feature botanical, cooked slowly in syrup to give a warm richness, fresh citrusy aromas and a slight kick of heat, creating something exotic, sweet and peppery with warmth to the finish.

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RESTORATION GIN

Restoration Gin’s story is about celebrating 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.

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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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