Rock Rose Botanical Gin
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Rock Rose Gin - The Masterpiece and a taste of Caithness! Rock Rose gin gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals. Each one meticulously chosen for their flavour properties to create the perfect taste.
Juniper is the predominant botanical – otherwise it just wouldn’t be gin! They select the juniper from two different countries. Both junipers are subjected to a vapour infusion process and the Bulgarian juniper gives lemon sherbert notes, whilst the Italian juniper gives a real warmth and depth to the flavour of the gin.
Rock Rose locally harvest Rhodiola rosea, or perhaps more commonly known as rose root, which is a plant that grows in colder climes – ideal for fresh breezes of Caithness. Over a thousand years ago, the Vikings would harvest wild exposed cliffs to gather Rhodiola rosea. This was thought to give them the extra strength to continue on their long arduous journeys. They use the root of the plant, which has the most wonderful rose aroma and adds a delicate floral note to the gin.
Sea Buckthorn is a silvery leafed shrub that grows along the coastline and produces clusters of vibrant orange berry-like fruit, soft, juicy and rich in oils. The fruit is highly celebrated for it’s high vitamin C content, around 15 times more than an orange! Rock Rose, however, use the berries for their taste – gorgeously fruity yet crisp.
Rowan berries, from the deciduous tree, sometimes known as mountain ash, produces a brilliant red berry like fruit. The tree is very much celebrated as a ‘hero’ in many mythology and folklore tales. In Norse mythology the rowan was called the ‘Salvation of Thor’ as the Thunder God Thor was once saved from drowning by a rowan branch. Incidentally their nearest town, Thurso, was named after Thor! It has also been known as a ‘tree of protection’ and its position and branches used against witch craft. The tree is a hero for Rock Rose too as it’s gorgeous red fruit imparts a delicate flavour adding to the berryful taste!
Other flavourful botanicals include blueberries, cardamon, coriander seed and verbena to name but a few! HOWEVER they DO NOT claim drinking Rock Rose gin will ward off colds, ghosts & ghoulies or give you added strength!!!
Region: Scotland, Caithness
Style: Botanical Gin
Bottle Size: 70cl