It was at one particular gathering, enjoying the music and possibly one too many gins, that the dream began for four friends. Nigel and Beverley with a background in the drinks industry, Jamie with a background in the music industry and his partner Tanya, crucially each with an interest in both gin and music. With a little more music and a little more gin, they set their sights on combining the two and slowly the dream became reality.
‘The Gael’ is a fiddle tune which was originally written by Dougie MacLean in 1988 as a commission for The Loch Ness Visitor Centre. It is played by pipe bands and fiddlers the world over. It is significant for all four founders so natural to incorporate it in their gin.
The Gael Gin is five times distilled in Scotland by Rickie Christie at Strathleven Distillers using malted barley and 10 botanicals. The result, light citrus and heather on the nose, following through with juniper and spice and a smooth, warm finish.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Heather, Lemon Peel
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.
Method: Distilled (Contract)
Location: Strathleven Distillery, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland