Andy Gemmell’s Drinks Cabinet
The Gin Bothy Brechin Rd, Kirriemuir, Angus
The robust Gunshot Gin is aimed at people who think they don’t like gin
Three years ago Kim Cameron starting making gin “by accident” in a small bothy in the grounds of Peel Farm, which she owns. She and a small team began making around 1,000 bottles a month by hand, infusing seasonal produce from local berry fields and farms. A move last year to new premises at the nearby Garlowbank Smiddy – a former blacksmiths and forgemasters – allowed production to triple. Earlier this month, the Gin Bothy Experience opened in brand new premises on the historic site of the former Angus Folk Museum, situated within Glamis Castle and dating back to 1793. It had previously lain empty since the National Trust for Scotland closed the doors at the end of the 2014 tourist season.
It seems that once Kim Cameron puts her mind to something, she is all in. At the Bothy you will find Bothy Original Gin, Mulled Infused Gin, Stirrup Cup, Speycast, and a range of liqueurs including Blueberry, Raspberry, Amaretto, Chilli, Rhubarb, Sloe, Strawberry and Gingerbread. The main players here are the gins, including the robust Gunshot Gin, which is aimed at people who think they don’t like gin. Not meant to be mixed with tonic, this botanical infusion is best with ginger ale instead.
For me it has to be The Gin Bothy Original, whose recipe includes some local botanicals. Juniper, orange and lemon flavours along with heather, milk thistle, hawthorn, marshmallow, rosemary and Scottish pine needles combine perfectly to create a spirit that makes a refreshing gin and tonic, best served with a slice of orange.
The Gin Bothy tasting room and Bothy Larder shop are open by appointment on most days between 11am and 4pm. Visitors can hear the Bothy’s story and sample the range of gins and seasonally produced liqueurs.
Kim Cameron is a former World Jampionship Jampion. This incredible title means she is an elite jam-maker. Finding herself with lots of leftover ingredients after making her award-winning jam, she did some research and decided to start experimenting with gin.