First seen in the craft beer movement and now reflected in spirits, small batch gin is fast becoming a prized commodity. With this in mind we went to the Good Spirits Company on Glasgow’s Bath Street, to speak to spirit expert Matthew and mixologist Graeme about their thoughts and recommendations on some of Scotland’s up-and-coming gins.
Gordon Castle is a small-batch gin made using highland herbs from their Moray Garden, which are carefully blended and patiently distilled to tease out the botanicals to creat a light, refreshing gin.
Clean with citrus and juniper noticeable, but nicely balanced.
When neat: Crisp, very light and delicate. Mint and lavender coming through, touch of sweetness on the finish
With tonic (one part gin to two parts Fever Tree): Refreshing and very easy going. Fairly balanced, loses the mint with the fruitiness shining through.
Matthew says: "A nice universal gin that will please most but perhaps doesn't stand out in a crowd."
Graeme's choice: "A twist on an aviation, I chose this so as not to overpower Gordon Castle's subtle flavours. A sweet cocktail for a sweet gin."
Aviation (with a twist) Recipe:
• 37.5ml of gin
• 5ml liqueur de violette
• 10ml maraschino
• 10ml Creme de peches de vigne
• 25ml lemon juice
• 10ml sugar syrup
• Garnish with a lemon peel