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.