Andy Gem­mell’s Drinks Cab­i­net

The Gin Bothy Brechin Rd, Kir­riemuir, An­gus

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The ro­bust Gun­shot Gin is aimed at peo­ple who think they don’t like gin

His­tory:

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.

The gin:

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.

Favourite tip­ple:

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.

Why visit?

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.

In­ter­est­ing fact:

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.

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