Pres­ti­gious award for gin born on is­land

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A GIN born on a re­mote He­bridean is­land has come top in the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Wines and Spir­its com­pe­ti­tion.

Wild Is­land Botanic Gin scored more than 90 per cent in a blind tast­ing by in­dus­try ex­perts putting it ahead of hun­dreds of other spir­its from across the globe.

The com­pany be­hind the gin de­scribes it as He­bridean Botan­i­cal. It fea­tures six wild plants in­fused in a 100 per cent Bri­tish Grain Spirit on an an­cient cop­per still in one of the coun­try’s old­est fam­ily- owned dis­til­leries.

Wild Is­land Botanic Gin sales di­rec­tor Keith Bon­ning­ton says they are as­tounded to have net­ted a top award so early in the life of the gin which was only launched just be­fore Christ­mas.

Mr Bon­ning­ton said the award was a vin­di­ca­tion for their open and trans­par­ent mar­ket­ing val­ues.

‘Far too many gins try and hide the fact they are pro­duced by third par­ties and go to some length to sug­gest they are be­ing dis­tilled in one place when the re­al­ity is dif­fer­ent.’

Mr Bon­ning­ton re­vealed they were about to start small scale dis­till­ing at their premises on the Isle of Colon­say but is adamant the main pro­duc­tion will con­tinue at Lan­g­ley in the Black Coun­try.

‘ We have a still be­ing in­stalled this week on Colon­say and we will be us­ing it to pro­duce one- off ex­pres­sions of Wild Is­land Botanic Gin fo­cussing on sea­sonal pro­duce and ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents - but the core prod­uct will con­tinue to be dis­tilled at Lan­g­ley.

‘ We are grate­ful for the wide­spread sup­port we have gained for the gin in the last few months. We are now stocked in more than 300 high end off and on sales in Scot­land, two Miche­lin Restau­rants and Sel­fridges depart­ment stores.’

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