Little Brown Dog Spirits was officially established in 2018 by vet and whisky connoisseur Andrew Smith and farmer Chris Reid in rural Aberdeenshire. Andrew had used the name Little Brown Dog to label original whisky bottling samples he shared with friends and the name came from Andrew’s pet dog who travels with him to tasting events and distillery visits.
The Little Brown Dog Spirits team is focused on creating spirits with provenance through the use of locally foraged botanicals. Enjoying the independence of creating unique and experimental spirits, the team plan on releasing a number of one-off limited edition spirits.
LBD Gin is the signature Scottish Gin from Little Brown Dog Spirits. The dry botanicals are left for twelve hours to steep in the base alcohol overnight before the fresh botanicals are added the next day. Using the custom copper botanicals baskets, which are hung in the neck of the still, the vapours slowly rise and pass through the fresh botanicals carefully extracting the oils and flavour compounds along with the flavours released from the steeped botanicals. Botanicals include a combination of locally foraged and grown botanicals along with some imported botanicals. They include juniper, coriander, wood sorrel, rhubarb, birch sap and parsnip. The result is a gin packed with juniper, waves of citrus, floral and woodland notes with a hint of petrichor.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Wood Sorrel, Parsnip
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A slice of apple, tonic and ice.
Location: Little Brown Dog Spirits Distillery, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Little Brown Dog Spirits Distillery, a micro-distillery in rural Aberdeenshire, is a stone’s throw from the local landmark of Bennachie. The distillery focuses on flavour and producing innovative spirits, including gin, that combine provenance and break down some of the traditions associated with the world of spirits. The distillery is home to a 100 litre traditional Alembic copper pot still named ‘Big Dug’ along with a smaller 10 litre development still fittingly named ‘Wee Dug’.
Booking: Not open to the public
Fetternear, Aberdeensire, Scotland