Navy-strength Rock Rose Gin released for cocktails

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A navy-strength version of Rock Rose Gin has been released by Dunnet Bay Distillery in the far north of Scotland.

With a higher ABV of 57%, the limited-edition bottling has been designed to allow the unique taste of the gin to shine through in cocktails in premium bars and restaurants.

Rock Rose Gin, made with botanicals foraged from cliffs and forests around the distillery in Caithness, was launched earlier this year.

It gets its name from the distillery’s first botanical forage along the Pentland Firth cliffs of Caithness which provided rhodiola rosea, or a rose in the rocks, which adds a delicate floral note to the gin.

The spirit was created to showcase the heritage and provenance of Caithness and the Pentland Firth which was a busy passage way for mariners during the two world wars when the base for the Royal Navy’s Home Fleet was in Scapa.

Martin Murray, founder of Rock Rose Gin, said: “Our wee home county of Caithness has strong links to the Navy, so it feels fitting to launch a Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin.

“We also noticed a real demand from bars to showcase the taste of Rock Rose Gin in their cocktails and this higher ABV means that our unique flavours remain prominent when served with other ingredients. We really enjoy the difference in taste from this higher ABV.”

Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin comes in a “navy grey” print on its ceramic bottle. In retail, it has the recommended price of £40.

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