A new London dry gin has been created in Edinburgh made with botanicals such as Lebanese mint, recommended for enjoying neat.
Daffy’s has been launched by former wine maker and whisky distiller Chris Molyneaux who used the same distillation processes as malt whisky to give the gin the character for sipping on its own.
Made in a copper pot still, it uses Scottish water and botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica root, Spanish lemon and orange peels, cassia bark, orris root and Lebanese mint.
As well as recommended for drinking neat with or without ice, it can be served in a gin and tonic with a garnish of fresh mint and lime. It also works well in classic cocktails such as a Martini or Negroni.
Chris said: “We are amazingly happy with what we have managed to achieve in creating the very finest and most balanced of gins.
“We have used innovative malt whisky techniques and meticulously sourced botanicals to discover a new world of complexity and finesse. Daffy’s is a gin like no other and the industry and consumer feedback we have had so far has been overwhelming.”
Daffy’s has been introduced in the on-trade and off-trade throughout Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and London and it is also available to buy online at daffysgin.com. The initial distribution strategy is to establish key placements with showcase bars and independent off-trade stores, where it retails around £34.
The figurehead illustration of Daffy, “the goddess of gin”, on the bottle – with her head of flaming curls – was painted in 2014 by Robert McGinnis, the artist behind posters for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barbarella and James Bond films.
Bars stocking the gin include The Devil’s Advocate, Panda & Sons, Tonic, 56 North, Sygn, The Bon Vivant and Clouds & Soil in Edinburgh, The Finnieston, the Kelvingrove Café and Gin 71 in Glasgow, Muriel’s and The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, and The Arts Club, Bbar and The Goring hotel in London.
Scoot Gibson of Panda & Sons said: “Daffy’s gin is one of those gins that really grabbed my attention. There are a lot of new small-batch gins popping up all over the country but this one definitely stands out in the crowd.
“This crisp fresh gin has inspired some of the team members at Panda & Sons in Edinburgh to create a unique cocktail for the upcoming new menu.”