Caithness gin an overwhelming success.
Published 29 Aug 2014Caithness couple Claire and Martin Murray have been overwhelmed by the demand for their newly launched gin, Rock Rose.
The duo behind newly established Dunnet Bay Distillers had been under immense pressure in the build-up to the launch of Rock Rose last Thursday to get everything ready on schedule.
Their first batch of their signature gin, approximately 650 bottles, sold out within 40 hours of being available to pre-order. Nearly half of their forthcoming second batch has also sold, despite not yet being released.
Having taken off with phenomenal speed and intensity, the gin has sparked the interest of people in 16 countries worldwide. The couple have admitted they will need additional help to meet deadlines for future batches. “Just the two of us have been doing all the work so far,” said Mr Murray, “and that includes putting the labels on the bottles and sealing them with wax. I had to hand sign all the bottles too so I was up until about 4am doing it but I loved it and it’s been a really good experience.”
Currently employed in the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen, Mr Murray aims to be at the distillery full time come January. “We had to go through the whole system ourselves to see where help is going to be needed and I think we are going to need two extra people as dealing with the emails alone has been a big job” explained Martin, adding that they have been lucky enough to receive help from their family so far, but will not be able to rely on that long term. “We just weren’t geared up for such a phenomenal demand and ask ourselves how someone in those countries found out about a wee gin distillery in Dunnet.”
Having had orders from customers as far reaching as Belgium and Australia, the Murrays cited social media as the only explanation for their widespread recognition. As well as their admirers from further afield, the couple are grateful for local support and hope to open their doors to the public next year. Locals and visitors to the county alike will be able to tour the distillery – the UK’s most northerly of its kind - when the gardens are ready and the business better established. The gardens are central to plans to grow botanicals which can be used in future limited editions of the increasingly popular gin.
A tour of the distillery is to form part of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming AGM on October 2nd, giving attendees the opportunity to get an advanced view of the new buildings, as well as providing an excellent opportunity to learn more about the founders and the gin making process itself.
The Murrays faced a number of challenges in the run-up to the launch of Rock Rose, including personal landmarks such as one of their children starting school and celebrating a fifth birthday, and their second child beginning nursery. Far from deterred, the ambitious pair are in pursuit of another dream – to branch out in to vodka production next year.
For more information about the Caithness Chamber of Commerce AGM, contact Kay Tassell on email@example.com or 01847 890076
To find out more about Rock Rose and Dunnet Bay Distillers, contact Claire Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org