Jam, jute and . . . Gin
Dundee jumps readily onto the gin wagon
At Peel Farm near the village of Linrathen by Kirriemuir, an old stone bothy among the farm buildings has seen service in recent years as a farm shop, brewery and jam workshop.
It was during this latter incarnation that an elderly customer suggested infusing gin with the leftover fruits. It was the start of the Gin Bothy, which now produces a Scottish gin infused with raspberry and mulling spices. Raspberry with rhubarb and blueberry lines are set to follow, and they’re quickly shifting their business from their fellow farm shops to behind the bar in several Dundee and Edinburgh establishments.
Meanwhile, a former jute mill in Dundee is being transformed into a distillery by former Formula 1 marketing expert and graduate of Abertay University’s MProf in Food & Drink Innovation, Andrew Mackenzie. Focussing first on a cocktail gin, Verdant Spirits looks to shift from student dissertation project to Dundee’s landmark distilled spirit.