Chef Dean Banks creates ‘no-nonsense’ gin


Lunun Gin

Chef and restaurant owner Dean Banks has launched a new premium Scottish gin called Lunun to the UK market.

Described as a “no-nonsense” gin, Lunun focuses “solely on taste” and has been developed with the chef’s palate in mind.

Influenced by the MasterChef: The Professionals finalist’s travels to over 40 different countries and his expertise in fusion cooking, the spirit features six botanicals: kaffir lime leaf, sea buckthorn, Sichuan pepper, kombu kelp, ginger and lemongrass, as well as a citrus essence.

Distilled in Dean’s hometown of Arbroath in Angus, the gin’s name is an adaptation of Angus’ most peaceful, secluded beach, Lunan Bay’.

Lunun uses eco-friendly packaging and is suggested served with tonic and a simple garnish of fresh lime.

Dean said: “I’ve always wanted to create my own gin and it seems like the next natural step for me after establishing my restaurant in St Andrews.

“I wanted to create something that people judge solely on the taste and not the ‘hype’ that often comes with contemporary artisan gins – in fact, Lunun is the opposite to an artisan gin.

“There’s no smoke and mirrors with Lunun. People who appreciate a quality-tasting gin without any of the other nonsense will enjoy this one.

“Although our chosen botanicals give Lunun an Asian twist, all can be sourced in Scotland, keeping the distillation process straightforward, just like the gin.”

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