From Scottish Potatoes to Heather Rose Gin
You’d think it was all distillery visits and perfume testing round here, and that’s not far off. Fresh off the back of our trip to Ogilvy Farm in the heart of the east coast countryside, we embarked upon our next great quest, from the rolling hills of Glamis with the taste of Scottish potato vodka lingering to the rolling hills of Perthshire and the scent of gin. With great poise and misplaced confidence we pointed our taxi driver enthusiastically into the heart of the countryside, after passing several farms and country houses and nervously watching the fare climb, we eventually found our self at a lovely old farmhouse with ‘Strathearn Distillery’ in iron lettering above the door.
We were greeted by the team and were shown around the distillery, learning about how their increasingly popular gin is made and what struck is the most is the volume this small team (small in number, not in stature) produces. Our favourite, the “Heather Rose Gin” is created by storing the gin in barrels with sacks and various herbs, spices and juniper berries. As if this all wasn’t enough work, they also create bespoke gins and have an up and coming whiskey in casks made of different types of wood, as opposed to the commonly used oak cast.
After seeing how much the team really care about encouraging and implementing new ideas, we had the tough job of trying to number their products. With a smile on our faces and a belly full of Scottish gin and whisky we waved a fond farewell to this fabulous team who peculiarly doubled in number right before our eyes. Much rest was had as we made our way back to Edinburgh. The job is tough, but someone has to do it…
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