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Holy Grass Vodka - The Cold Brew Coffee Edition

17th May 2019

Photograph of Holy Grass Vodka - The Cold Brew Coffee Edition

This May, Dunnet Bay Distillers, will launch a new permanent addition to its portfolio - Holy Grass Vodka - Cold Brew Coffee Edition. This delicious coffee flavoured vodka has been created in partnership with Glasgow based, the Ovenbird Coffee Roasters.

To create the craft spirit, six years aged "Old Brown Java" coffee beans, that have been ethically sourced from farms across the globe and roasted by Ovenbirds in Glasgow, are blended with Holy Grass Vodka at the distillery. The lovely dark chocolate and vanilla notes of the beans are infused into the spirit and hints of smoke, caramel and cocoa merge to create a velvety smooth drink perfect for any occasion.

Holy Grass Vodka itself is one of Dunnet Bay Distillers signature spirits, famed for featuring the unusual botanical Holy Grass, so-called as it was once used to bring a sweet, vanilla smell to church floors. A celebration of local produce and ingredients, the spirit is also infused with a carefully crafted vapour of Highland apples and apple juice, to complement the sweetness of the Holy Grass.

Martin Murray, Co-Founder, Dunnet Bay Distillers, says, "We've been fans of, and friends with, the Ovenbird Coffee team for some time now, which has resulted in numerous vodka experiments down at the distillery. Over time the method has been perfected and we now ready to share our Holy Grass Vodka - Cold Brew Coffee edition, with the rest of the UK. It's great slowly sipped over ice or it works fabulously in an Espresso Martini."

Signature Serve: 25 ml of Holy Grass Vodka - Cold Brew Coffee Edition poured over ice.

Cocktail Suggestion:Simply add 50ml coffee vodka to a shot of espresso with honey or sugar syrup and shake over ice before straining into a glass. A dash of cardamom or cinnamon bitters could be added, at the shaking stage, to give an extra dimension!

Holy Grass Vodka - The Cold Brew Coffee Edition, 70cl, 41.5%, will be available from mid-May, RRP. £34.

The distillery is most renowned for producing the multi-award winning Rock Rose Gin, which features a carefully selected collection of local and traditional botanicals. These include juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn and many of the botanicals are hand foraged from the local cliffs and forest. In fact, its name comes from one of these botanicals, the Rhodiola rosea (a rose in the rocks), which which adds a delicate floral note to

the gin.

The distillery has also added a Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin (ABV 57%) to its portfolio, along with Holy Grass Vodka. The vodka features the unusual botanical Holy Grass (or Anthoxanthum nitens), once discovered on the banks of the nearby Thurso River by Robert Dick, a legendary botanist from Tullibody, who lived in Thurso in the 1800s. A celebration of local produce and ingredients, the spirit is also infused with a carefully crafted vapour of Highland apples and apple juice, to complement the sweetness of the Holy Grass.

Buy at: www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk

Note from Caithness.org

The late Ken Butler who was the county plant recorder in his spare time sent us a photo of Holy Grass found along the Thurso river. He used the scientific name for Holy-grass (Hierochloe odorata) -

https://www.caithness.org/nature/kenbutlersflowers/earlysummer/holygrass.htm

 

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