Duke of Rothesay Tours Dunnet Bay Distillery
31st July 2015
Today, Friday 31st July 2015, The Duke of Rothesay took a tour of Dunnet Bay Distillery, the thriving Caithness distillery, where husband and wife team, Martin and Claire Murray, handcraft Rock Rose Gin. This acclaimed gin features botanicals that are hand foraged from local cliffs and forests to create a gin with a unique and award-winning flavour profile.
Prince Charles took the opportunity to visit the small botanical dome at this rapidly growing, independent distillery and learn more about the juniper regeneration project with the Caithness Biodiversity Group, partly funded by the distillery, which aims to bring back fruit-bearing juniper bush to the area.
The royal visit follows an exciting 2015 to date for the distillery. Not only has the gin secured prestigious listings with Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols, it has won a plethora of awards. These include Best New Launch Design at the World Gin Awards 2015, a Bronze medal at the world-renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition, two silver medals at the Gin Masters (super premium and London dry categories), plus it was a drinks finalist in the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
Martin Murray, Founder of Rock Rose Gin, says, "It has been such a honour to host The Duke of Rothesay at our wee distillery today. We have had an incredible year to date and as a micro distillery based in the far North of Scotland, we've been blown away by the interest in our gin, especially as this time last year we only had a field and a dream! We are passionate about representing the heritage and provenance of Caithness through our gin and to protecting its future through the juniper regeneration project."
Dunnet Bay Distillers, the UK's most northerly mainland distillery, has secured its first nationwide supermarket listing, with its acclaimed Rock Rose Gin launching into 135 Sainsbury's stores this July. The launch is the latest in a series of exciting developments for the craft distillery, which has significantly expanded to keep up with growing demand.
Unique Caithness collaboration will delight both archaeology and gin enthusiasts. Archaeology and craft gin may seem like worlds apart, but two entrepreneurial companies from the far north of Scotland have teamed up to create a special craft gin, inspired by the prehistoric landscape of Caithness.
The launch of Broch Rose gin is on Wednesday 20th evening at the distillery tasting room of Dunnet Bat Distillery. Tickets are £20 including a Rock Rose G&T, canapes, tutored tasting of Broch Rose gin and to finish a Broch Rose G&T.
A Caithness distillery has embarked on a major expansion that will boost its turnover and international sales and create at least one new job. Dunnet Bay Distillery (DBDL) has secured a £64,000 contribution from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the £248,000 development.
On 7th October, Dunnet Bay Distillery, the UK's most northerly mainland distillery will launch its third seasonal release. As with each limited edition in the range, the Autumn Edition features the same base botanicals as the multi award-winning Rock Rose Gin but with some seasonal variations.
Hand-crafted in the far North of Scotland, Holy Grass Vodka, is the latest release from the multi-award winning Dunnet Bay Distillery in Caithness. It features the unusual botanical Holy Grass (or Anthoxanthum nitens ), once discovered on the banks of the nearby Thurso River by Robert Dick.
New Business Award 2015 Winner: Dunnet Bay Distillers Seventeen businesses across the Highlands, islands and Cairngorms National Park area are celebrating wins from the area's most prestigious food and drink awards. The awards recognise excellence across a range of businesses from artisan producers and large-scale food exporters to restaurants and farm shops.
Thirty-eight businesses across the Highlands, islands and Cairngorms National Park area have been shortlisted for the area's most prestigious food and drink awards. Finalists ranged from new businesses to established producers; family-run restaurants to Michelin-starred establishments and demonstrated the strength and diversity of food and drink businesses across the region.
Rock Rose Gin, a Scottish craft gin that hails from the most Northerly distillery in mainland Britain, is making waves in the drinks industry, gaining a plethora of awards in the UK and beyond. The gin, which is hand-distilled at the Dunnet Bay Distillery in Caithness, features botanicals that are hand foraged from local cliffs and forests to create a gin with a unique flavour profile.
Work has now finished at the most northerly gin distillery on mainland Britain with the final piece of equipment - a new still called ‘Elizabeth' – installed in the new custom-built distillery at Dunnet, Caithness. Husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray, the founders of Dunnet Bay Distillers have distilled and tested the first batches of Rock Rose gin and full production will be under way in time for the launch of the new micro distillery on the 21 August.
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