Wild Thyme Spirits has moved the production of its gin from the Strathearn Distillery in Perthshire to the Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay, launching its first ‘island batch’ – Wild Thyme 909.
Husband and wife team Fin and Eileen Geekie are delighted to bring the production of their Colonsay Gin to Wild Thyme Spirits HQ on the island.
Fin said: “We are so excited to be bringing production home to the island. Our first year has flown by and this part of our plan has come around quicker than we could ever have imagined.
“We’re now looking forward to releasing our first island distilled batch and also employing our first islanders – a few extra pairs of hands will come in very useful.”
The pair relocated from Oxfordshire to their self-built home on the island in 2016 and after a successful launch in 2017 and first year crafting small-batch Colonsay Gin with the help of Strathearn, one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, Wild Thyme Spirits will now produce Colonsay Gin solely on the eponymous island.
The first ‘island batch’ has been named Wild Thyme 909 and is a limited edition bottling of their Colonsay Gin, with a bottle design inspired by legendary Viking maiden, Alva.
Colonsay Gin is a small batch London Dry style gin with a strong juniper backbone, and is distilled with seven botanicals; juniper, angelica root, calamus root, liquorice root, orange peel, orris root and coriander seeds.
Colonsay is situated just under a two-and-a-half-hour ferry journey from Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. The tiny island is quietly renowned for its tranquillity, exquisite sandy beaches, rare flora and an abundance of wildlife.
Wild Thyme Spirits have negotiated an exclusive agreement with the Colonsay Estate to hand-forage for botanicals on the island, including access to the highly acclaimed gardens and grounds of Colonsay House.