Darnley’s Launches a Smoky Gin with a Zesty Edge


Darnley’s Smoky Gin is the latest launch by the award-winning Scottish Gin Darnley’s. The “Smoke and Zest”, gin is the second in their limited edition Cottage Series range.

Locally grown barley and the quest to create a “smoky gin” is the inspiration behind this innovative recipe which is made in the London Dry style.

If you’ve tried Very Berry from Darnley’s Gin then this is a tipple of similar quality.

In making Smoke and Zest, Darnley’s Gin Distiller Scott Gowans experimented with various methods and collaborated with both his family and the Kingsbarns Distillery team to bring this flavour profile to life.

The new Darnley’s recipe celebrates the Fife grown barley that has been selected with various methods and collaborated with both his family and the Kingsbarns Distillery team to bring this flavour profile to life.

darnley's smoky gin

Scott enlisted the help of his family who own a commercial smoker, to steep and slowly smoke the malted barley over pine wood chips.

Rowanberry and coriander from the distillery grounds and orange peel from Turkey lend the gin its sweet and zesty flavour.

Scott Gowans commented, “Creating a smoky gin has been an exciting development project and for this second Cottage Series release, I was again inspired by botanicals found around the distillery.

Orange peel and Rowanberry were the starting point for Smoke & Zest, the latter is also known as Mountain Ash so it inspired me to explore matching the zesty citrus with smoke notes.

darnley's smoky gin

Taking cues from Lapsang Souchong tea production, I experimented by smoking Fife grown barley over pine wood chips.

The finished gin is unusual but very approachable and still has juniper at its heart. It’s an amazing marriage of orange and zest flavours up front, with a malty character and a smoke intensity that grows over time.

Darnleys Smoky Gin is available at Darnley’s Gin Distillery for £29.95 (50 cl, 42.5% ABV). 


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Carla Nearchou