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Review – Kintyre Botanical Gin by Beinn An Tuirc Distillers

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Kintyre Botanical Gin is a tasty, classic style gin. Distilled on the Kintyre peninsula, it’s unique set of botanicals reflect the surrounding woodland and coastline.  


A Little Bit of Background

Beinn an Tuirc Distillers are based in the Torrisdale Castle Estate in Kintyre, Scotland. What makes them unique is that their copper still is powered by locally sourced hydro-electric energy, making them one of Scotland’s only sustainable distilleries. In addition to their eco-friendly energy supply, they are also committed to planting a tree in the woodland near their distillery for every case of gin they sell.

Kintyre Gin has grown significantly in reputation and popularity over the past few years, coming 2nd in the Scottish Gin Society’s consumer choice poll for the past two years!

Botanicals

  • Juniper
  • Almond
  • Liquorice
  • Angelica root
  • Cassia bark
  • Orange and lemon peel
  • Orris root
  • Icelandic moss
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Coriander
  • Cubeb berry

The Bottle

The Kintyre Botanical Gin bottle is simple and classy. It’s dark grey glass gives it a point of difference from most gins you would see on the shelf, as does it’s large lip at the top of the bottle.

Beinn an Tuirc means ‘The Hill of the Wild Boar’ in gaelic. As such, the distillery have a wee wild boar standing on a hill printed on each bottle, which I love. Finally, few gold touches and a wooden stopper complete this elegant bottle design.

Kintyre Botanical Gin Perfect Serve

The signature serve for Kintyre Gin is as follows:

  1. 50ml Gin
  2. 150ml Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
  3. Handful of ice
  4. Garnish with a spring of fresh basil or a slice of grapefruit (or both!)

The Gin

On the Nose

Kintyre Botanical Gin, simply put, smells like a great quality London Dry gin. The piney scent of juniper is joined by delicate floral notes. Hints of citrus and spice are also present. There’s also an earthy, vegetal scent that I can’t put my finger on, that I think must be the icelandic moss.

Straight

Sipped neat, this gin is full of juniper and spice. You can certainly taste the coriander and cassia bark, which bring a nice warmth to the palette. The orange and lemon peels bring a lovely citrus freshness too, rounding off the “holy trinity” for a balanced London Dry – juniper, citrus and spice.

With Mixer

An addition of tonic brings out the soft, floral flavours in this gin. Next, these are joined by a subtle bitter sweetness from the liquorice and a strong whack of citrus. Rounding off this gin is warming spice and tartness from the juniper. Overall, a very enjoyable drinking experience.

Lasting Impressions

Kintyre Gin is definitely an all-rounder. It’s perfect balance of flavours will make it a favourite with fans of classic gins and it is absolutely no surprise that this has been voted a consumer favourite two years running.

You can pick up a bottle of Kintyre Botanical Gin at The Gin Kin Shop for £38.