Scottish distillery creates vodka with locally grown grass

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A new vodka infused with a locally grown grass has been launched by Dunnet Bay Distillers – the most northerly distillery in mainland Britain.

Holy Grass Vodka is made at the Caithness distillery with local botanicals including holy grass – or anthoxanthum nitens – from the banks of the nearby River Thurso. Known in Poland as bison grass, it brings a distinctive herbaceous flavour to the spirit.

It is also infused with a vapour of Highland apples and apple juice to complement the holy grass, resulting in a delicate and fresh vodka with a creamy smooth finish. It is bottled at 41.5% ABV.

It has been crafted by husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray, who have devised a unique and secret distillation process that uses a traditional copper pot still and Caithness stone.

The innovation follows the launch earlier this year of their Rock Rose Gin which is made with 18 botanicals including some grown locally. This was joined in the autumn by Rock Rose Navy Strength Gin.

Martin said: “Our Holy Grass Vodka is a tribute to Robert Dick, a legendary botanist from Tullibody, who lived in Thurso in the 1800s.

“As with Rock Rose Gin, we wanted to create a spirit that captures and celebrates the heritage of Caithness and its local botanicals. We are excited to be entering the craft vodka sector with such a unique offering.”

The new vodka is available to the on- and off-trade from November, with the recommended price in retail of £34.

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