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Review: Rock Rose Autumn Edition

Gayle Ritchie
Rock Rose Autumn Edition review
Rock Rose/The Gin Kin

Hand-crafted in the far North of Scotland, Rock Rose Autumn Edition is a limited edition gin bursting with berries and spices. It’s the perfect tipple for a cosy night in.

A Little Bit of Background 

Rock Rose Gin is a multi award-winning premium handcrafted Scottish Gin from Dunnet Bay Distillers in Caithness, established in 2014 by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray.

To create Original Rock Rose Gin, Martin and Claire use 18 botanicals, and the name comes from one of these – the rhodiola rosea which grows on the cliffs of Pentland Firth.

Once distilled, the flower adds a delicate rose aroma and a floral note to taste. Also added are blaeberries, rowan berries, cardamom, coriander seed, verbena and sea buckthorn.

In Rock Rose Autumn Edition, the citrus elements of Original Rock Rose have been scaled back to allow the berries and spice to shine through.

It’s bursting with blackberries and raspberries from Caithness Summer Fruits and blaeberries from the Dunnet area. Meanwhile, Vietnamese coriander and nasturtium flowers grown in the distillery’s own geodome add to the spice of the gin.

Botanicals 

  • Juniper Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blaeberries
  • Nasturtium flowers (picked late in the season to capture less of the sweetness and more of the peppery taste.)
  • Vietnamese coriander

The Bottle

This ceramic beauty of a bottle, in white and hues of burnt orange and brown, is one you’ll want to keep when you’ve drunk every last drop. The Original Edition bottle design was tweaked to portray an autumnal scene with changing colours and falling leaves. It’s solid and sturdy but just gorgeous.

The Perfect Serve

The signature serve for Rock Rose Autumn Edition is 25 ml of Autumn Edition Gin, 50 ml of a premium tonic, garnish with some fresh nasturtium flowers or a sprig of basil with blueberries.

The Gin 

On The Nose  

Remove the gorgeous red stopper and the warm, spicy elements burst through, the berries slightly more subtle. It’s the smell of autumn in a bottle.

Straight  

This smooth and warming gin tastes amazing over ice, or just on its own. The initial spicy notes are followed by a crisp berry flavour and it’s really well balanced. At 41.5%, it gives you a fiery kick.

With Tonic 

I didn’t have any Fever Tree to hand, so I added a can of Schweppes tonic to the gin, plus a slice of lime. The sweet, jam notes burst into life when the gin was mixed with tonic; it was very moreish and not too sugary.

The makers recommend garnishing with nasturtium flowers to bring out the spice, or basil to complement the berries. I had neither to hand, but I’d be keen to experiment in future.

Lasting Impressions

This has to be one of the finest gins I’ve tasted in a long while. The spice and berries shine through, but not in a way that’s overwhelming.

The beautiful bottle is a feast for the eyes and it’s one I’ll be keeping and possibly transforming into a funky gin bottle candle holder, or even a light.

Rock Rose Autumn Edition is perfect for a cosy night in by the fire and it’s one that’s definitely on my list of favourites.

You can pick up a bottle, priced at £37.50 from the Gin Kin Shop.