Scot­land’s hippest new craft spir­its

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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.

VODKA

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.

RUM

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.

TE­QUILA

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.

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