Darnley’s Gin has launched Very Berry as the inaugural release in its range of Cottage Series limited editions.
This is the first recipe to be developed by Scott Gowans in his role as distiller and the first product to be released from the brand’s new Scottish distillery, adding to the existing three core expressions: Darnley’s Original Gin, Spiced Gin and Spiced Gin Navy Strength.
The new variant has notes of sugar kelp for sweetness and saltiness, with added fragrance of raspberry and hibiscus from rosehip.
On the palate, Very Berry is tart and bitter up front with rich fruit from elderberry and sloes and finishes with a sweet and aromatic character over the palate, balanced with a coastal mineral flavour “reminiscent of the sea breeze at the beach near the distillery”. Darnley’s Gin suggest pairing Very Berry with tonic or grapefruit soda.
Developed by Scott on a mini still in the Darnley’s Gin Cottage, the recipe was scaled up for full distillation using a combination of traditional distillation and vapour infusion. This is the first time Darnley’s Gin has used this in production.
Four signature botanicals, rosehip, elderberry, sloe berry and sugar kelp, are loaded into a muslin bag and placed into the vapour basket above the pot still holding the neutral grain spirit, juniper, angelica and coriander.
Scott said: “Inspiration for Very Berry came from the countryside of the East Neuk of Fife, home to Darnley’s Distillery. I selected the signature botanicals of sloe berry, rosehip and elderberry which all grow wild around the distillery cottage and sugar kelp which is farmed off the nearby coastline.
“The overall taste is floral and fruity, giving a different taste profile to the others in the Darnley’s range.”
Bottled at 41.5% ABV, Very Berry is available in the UK only and is retailing at Darnley’s Gin Distillery, their on line shop and available exclusively through Inverarity Morton for wider distribution.