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Dunnet Bay Distillers Rock Rose Original Edition Gin (700ml)
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- ABV 41.5%
The Dunnet Bay distillery was established in 2014 in the far North of Scotland by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray. Both pride themselves on using local hand-foraged botanicals alongside exotic ingredients from around the world. It was the inspiration behind their first product: Rock Rose Gin. The early batches sold out in a matter of days! What sets their product apart is that it's the first gin to employ Rhodiola rosea in the mix. This unusual botanical grows on the local cliffs and reportedly gives the gin an earthy, Turkish delight flavour. Italian and Bulgarian juniper berries, rose root, sea buckthorn, rowan berries, blaeberries, cardamom, coriander seed and verbena (many of which are grown in Scotland) are also included. The citrus and floral notes combine with a little sweetness from local berries. It all works together to make a deliciously distinctive gin. 41.5% Alc./Vol.Other reviews... On the nose, Rock Rose has a delicate bouquet of rose, mixed with deeper cardamom and a touch of citrus fused into a mouthwatering mix. Tasted neat – fruity berries merge with the floral nose to give a full-bodied, rounded gin. Bright, slightly sour notes ping as the juniper comes to the fore alongside a warming heat. There’s depth and character a plenty with all the flavours that surround the piney core working in harmony. Crisp citrus, leafy eucoliptic elements, light florals and a resinous underbelly. This is good gin. It’s smooth to finish too. In a Gin & Tonic, the sharpness of the Sea Buckthorn emerges a little more, but once again is counterbalanced by round berries and a juniper heart. Rock Rose is recommended with a rosemary garnish but we tried it with a mint leaf garnish which brought out the freshness. On another occasion (for research purposes of course!) orange peel also worked well. - ginfoundry.com