Scottish spirits group Greenwood Distillers has launched its first gin, inspired by a mysterious ancient tribe called the Picts.
The first edition of Theodore Gin has been created with guidance from olfactory expert and perfume designer Barnabé Fillion. It contains 16 botanicals, including pine, Damask rose, pomelo and bourbon vetiver, and gives off aromas of fresh grass.
The Picts were an ancient tribe, alleged to have travelled from as far as Scythia and Scandinavia to settle in the Scottish Highlands near the brand’s home in Ardoss during the late Iron Age and early medieval periods.
The spirit takes its name from Theodore de Bry, a 16th century engraver who powerfully brought the Picts to life through his art.
Inspired by his drawings, Theodore Gin followed in his footsteps by commissioning their own Pictish illustrations from Carlotta Saracco.
Theodore Gin will be the first spirit produced at Greenwood Distillers’ new Ardross Distillery.
Founder Barthelemy Brosseau said: “We have collaborated with an eclectic team of individuals who are pushing boundaries in their respective fields to create something special.
“Theodore pays tribute to the Picts with a bold and characterful gin that embodies the Pictish spirit. It is for anyone who is looking to whet a curious appetite.”
50ml Theodore Gin
125ml tonic water
Build ingredients in a highball glass over ice and garnish with a slice of mango and sprig of thyme.
40ml Theodore Gin
25ml Lemon juice
15ml Pomelo sherbet
1 drop Cedar wood tincture
Shake the first four ingredients with ice and fine strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne, mix gently and garnish with a long pomelo zest twist.