The Oban Times - - Districts -

A BOTAN­I­CAL gin from Colon­say has reached the fi­nals of the Scot­tish Gin Awards af­ter only six months of trad­ing.

Wild Is­land Botanic Gin has im­pressed the judges in two cat­e­gories of the awards, a Lon­don Dry Gin taste sec­tion and ex­cel­lence in brand­ing.

The spirit is pro­duced in small quan­ti­ties on an an­cient cop­per still at the his­toric Lan­g­ley Dis­tillery in the Black Coun­try us­ing six botan­i­cals hand gath­ered on the is­land.

WIG, as it is known, is the first spir­its launch for Colon­say Brew­ery which is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary this year.

Sales di­rec­tor Keith Bon­ning­ton said: ‘ We are bowled over at the suc­cess WIG is en­joy­ing af­ter just six months.

‘ We have se­cured list­ings in hun­dreds of on and off trade out­lets the length of the UK and are the sig­na­ture pour in two Miche­lin-starred res­tau­rants, as well as a list­ing in Sel­fridges depart­ment stores. It took us nearly two years to get to the launch of this prod­uct, work­ing closely with mas­ter dis­tiller Rob Dorsett at Lan­g­ley to forge the right bond be­tween his dis­till­ing ge­nius and our He­bridean botan­i­cals. The re­sults speak for them­selves.’

One of the first stock­ists of Wild Is­land Botan­i­cal Gin was the pres­ti­gious Val­halla’s Goat in Glas­gow.

A spokesman for the shop said: ‘As huge fans of the Colon­say beers, we were be­yond elated to hear of the new project – Wild Is­land Gin – and couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. Keith and the team didn’t dis­ap­point. Wild Is­land Gin has quickly be­come our best-seller out of the 70 gins we stock. The botan­i­cals are beau­ti­fully bal­anced, a real spearmint note shin­ing through on the ex­tremely smooth fin­ish.’

WIG is also on sale at West Coast out­lets, in­clud­ing the Kitchen Gar­den and Whisky Shop in Oban and the Green Welly in Tyn­drum. The fi­nals of the Scot­tish Gin Awards are to be held in Glas­gow in Septem­ber.

The suc­cess­ful gin.

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