Locally produced Rock Rose Gin goes on sale in Wick
Published 28 Aug 2014This week has seen Caithness-based Dunnet Bay Distillers’ first wave of its Rock Rose gin distributed to those customers lucky enough to have secured a pre-order of Caithness’ first locally distilled gin.
Impressively, Rock Rose was sold out even before it was bottled, with gin enthusiasts from far and wide eager to secure their unique, hand-distilled bottle.
Although most of the inaugural batch has made its way in to private collections, one supply has been sent to Glasgow for their GinFest, taking place on October 4th. However, one Caithness business – the Norseman Hotel in Wick – was able to secure a bottle and share this landmark in Caithness produce with their customers.
Norseman proprietor and Chamber Executive Director Andrew Mackay said: “I loved Rock Rose, a robust and flavoursome gin with a lot going on. Delicious in a Bramble cocktail. It’s great for the area and speciality gins are very in vogue at the moment.” Having taken Caithness by storm, Rock Rose is likely to become a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike, cementing its place in establishments such as The Norseman as the must-have tipple.
Chamber members Dunnet Bay Distillers say their gin uses local botanicals to create a unique taste from the Scottish Highlands. Sustainably foraged from the Caithness countryside, the high-quality ingredients include sea buckthorn, rowan berries and the inspirational ‘rose in the rock’, as well as one special, unrevealed botanical. Each year, the distillery will produce a new vintage. As the botanicals are dependent on the Caithness climate, the result is, Dunnet Bay Distillers say, “a truly hand crafted gin that will subtly change year on year, but is still undeniably Rock Rose.”
A tour of the new distillery at Dunnet will form part of the activities at the Caithness Chamber of Commerce AGM on October 2nd, giving guests a fantastic opportunity to get to know the owners, Claire and Martin Murray, as well as get an insight into the workings of the new micro-distillery and the gin-making process itself.
With the next batch of Rock Rose set to be released in September, it looks to become a staple drink in Caithness and beyond.
For more information about the Caithness Chamber of Commerce AGM, contact Kay Tassell on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01847 890076
To find out more about Rock Rose and Dunnet Bay Distillers, contact Claire Murray: email@example.com