Wild Island Gin flies the flag for Hebridean botanicals

Colonsay Beverages, which already has a range of beers in its portfolio, has now branched into gin production with the launch of a gin infused with unusual botanicals from the local area.

Wild Island Botanic Gin, which is distilled five times using 100% British wheat, is infused with an array of six Hebridean botanicals from the Isle of Colonsay - lemon balm, wild water mint, meadowsweet, sea buckthorn, heather flowers and bog myrtle - to give the gin a fresh, crips and complex character. A further ten distinct botanicals: Mediterranean lemon peel, orange poeel, juniper, coriander, angelica, orris root, liquorice, nutmeg, cassia and cinnamon bark – add depth to the base spirit.

Keith Bonnington, director, said: “Wild Island Gin’s characters make it a fantastic spring or summer tipple and we want to make sure we are part of the gin drinker’s repertoire on the laidback warmer weather occasions. Product availability will be key.

“The spirit has been tailored around one of our core Hebridean botanicals – lemon balm, which is part of the mint family, but carries a beautiful refreshing citrus aroma right through to the glass in your hand. We went a bit heavier than most fins on the dried lemon peel and steeped the botanicals for an unusually long time to release the essential oils in the zest and the result is even better than we had hoped.”

The gin (rrp: £39), is the latest in Colonsay Beverages portfolio. Teh company is trh trading arm for The Colonsay Brewery, which produces a range of beers: Pig’s Paradise, IPA and 80 Shilling. The gin is made in collaboration with Langley Distillery, a traditional copper-still owned distillery in the West Midlands. 

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