Tobermory Distillery releases first gin

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Isle of Mull-based whisky distillery Tobermory has debuted its first gin, which draws inspiration from the colourful Hebridean island.

A total of 13 botanicals, including juniper, elderflower, orange peel and a pinch of locally grown Hebridean tea, make up Tobermory Gin’s flavour profile. All are picked in season and steeped for at least 24 hours in the base spirit.

A splash of spirit from the Tobermory whisky stills, otherwise known as Botanical #1, is added, providing a “unique, stand-out character”.

Distilled in a John Dore & Co copper pot still, Tobermory Gin “balances fruity and floral notes with the malty full mouthfeel of newly distilled whisky spirit”.

The 43.3% ABV gin is recommended served in a balloon glass with ice, topped with chilled tonic water and garnished with a sprig of thyme, a slice of fresh blood orange and a dash of dried hibiscus flowers.

Stephen Woodcock, distillery manager at Tobermory Distillery, said: “Tobermory Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, producing one of the oldest single malts. We’ve got a track record of producing different spirit types, though we’d never tried to make gin, until now.

“Using a splash of spirit from our famous whisky stills, along with a mix of botanicals, some hand foraged on the island, Tobermory Gin really is something different for the gin market, with an interesting story to tell as well as a high-quality and unique spirit.”

Amy Burns, global marketing manager for Tobermory Gin, added: “The team at Tobermory Distillery are highly skilled and the prospect of taking on a fresh challenge, to create a new type of spirit, was one they embraced with creativity and island inspiration.

“The addition of Tobermory Gin has given us the opportunity to strengthen the distillery portfolio and we’re confident Tobermory Gin will prove popular with our whisky drinkers and gin drinkers alike, giving them a little taste of magical Mull.”

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