Scotland’s hippest new craft spirits
Dunnet Bay Distillers Rock
Rose: just one of a staggering array of high-quality Scottish gins, Rock Rose is possibly the world’s most northerly one. Made in Caithness, it’s infused with locally-harvested Rhodiola Rosea (a Chinese herb), rowan berries, sea buckthorn, verbena, coriander seed, cardamom and juniper creating a refreshing twist on the classic.
Ogilvy Farm Scottish Potato
Vodka: when the supermarkets rejected its misshapen potatoes Ogilvy farm decided it wouldn’t let its fine Maris Pipers go to waste. Instead, husband and wife team Graham and Caroline Jarron learned to distil vodka and produced an award-winning, field-to-bottle blend. It is creamier than grain-based vodkas, smooth and sweet.
Dark Matter Spiced Rum: awarded the Rum Masters Gold medal in both 2016 and 2017 makers Dark Matter Distillers, which opened in 2015, describe this as “the taste equivalent of warping into a liquid black hole but without every atom in your body being crushed to an infinitely small point”. Sounds like quite a drink.
UWA Tequila: Scotland’s first tequila, launched in August, takes an agave spirit distilled in the town of Tequila in Mexico as its starting point before importing it and finishing it either in steel vats or aged in whisky or sherry oak casks. It’s marketed as a “cultural partnership” blending traditional Mexican tequila craftsmanship with a cheeky Scottish twist.