Premium Scottish gin, Caorunn (pronounced “ka-roon”) scooped the gold award for ‘Scottish Gin Destination Of The Year’ at the very first Scottish Gin Awards in September, so we thought we’d tell you a bit more about what to expect from their award-winning distillery tour.
It makes sense that Caorunn picked up the award, which celebrates innovation and excellence in distilling across Scotland. Over the past year, gin lovers from near and far have been booking tours of the now famous distillery to learn about the special botanicals and processes that go into making the much-loved craft gin.
The Balmenach Distillery is a stunning gin destination in Scotland; it lies in the heart of Speyside’s rolling hills, with breath taking views of the highlands. Visitors on the distillery tour learn about the Scottish botanicals used in Caorunn (including dandelion, heather, coul blush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berry), all of which grow in the surrounding countryside and blend together to create a distinct flavour that has become hugely popular within the gin community.
Each batch of Caorunn is passionately handcrafted in small batches by Gin Master Simon Buley. Guests are guided through this refined process, gaining an insight into the artisanal production process through a behind-the-scenes insight into the production area, as well as being shown the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber, which gives Caorunn its clean and versatile taste. Built in the 1920s, the Chamber is legacy to a time when all gin was produced using this slow, careful process – which Caorunn is proud to use today.
Simon says, “Every effort has gone into making Caorunn a versatile and uplifting experience; a taste adventure that embodies contemporary, wild, and sophisticated Scotland.”
As well as the technical and historical side of gin-making, Caorunn’s distillery tour includes an intimate gin masterclass, during which guests are able to discover the essence of the Scottish Highlands in a glass of Caorunn by being taken on a taste adventure. Which basically means a deconstructed nosing and tasting session to learn how locally foraged ingredients are used to create the uniquely dry, crisp, and aromatic flavour of Caorunn, which is then sampled both neat and as a classic G&T, served with red apple to complement the gin’s fragrant tasting notes.
We defy you to leave without a bottle to take home!
Balmenach Distillery Caorunn tours are available Monday to Thursday 11am and 2pm, or Friday at 10am. £10 per person (over 18s only). Balmenach Distillery, Cromdale, PH26 3PF. Book a tour.