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Gorse Gathering with Gin Bothy, a new flavour in mind!

As the days grew longer in May our hedgerows and paths turned brilliant yellow, as Scotland's long gorse season came to a peak, the start of our foraging! Flowering near Bothy HQ in Kirriemuir we have an abundance of gorse bushes that take over embankments, hedges and agricultural farm land, creating a wild yellow fragrant landscape between late March and August. The Gorse is a large spiky evergreen shrub covered in needle like leaves (gloves recommended when picking!) and has a distinct coconut smell which carries in the air as you pick it.  Harvest the flowers early, before the sun gets out as this ensures the natural oils are at their best. Why forage gorse - eat the yellow flowers...

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Love Gin, Love a tree!

 Pine needles, yes it all started with a hunt for Scottish pine needles and the image below.   Our Bothy Original uses pine needles as one of the fresh botanicals we use to distill gin,  fresh is best and we love the way you can almost imagine you're walking through a pine forest when you drink our gin! So when a Save Scotland’s Caledonian pine forest fundraising leaflet popped through my door at home from Woodlands trust I wanted to get involved. Arriving at Loch Arkaig in the Scottish Highlands, which I think is arguably one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, I was struck by the remoteness and colour of the landscape that is a picture postcard at...

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Men in a shed!

Now I've been asked to many a Burns night but never before in a shed at the bottom of a garden in the black of night with a group of men! Yes i know what you're thinking but this group of esteemed gentlemen had asked me to join their monthly gathering and tell them all about my gin. In this part of the world we have a Women`s Rural Institute (WRI) that have for years met in similar ways so I have called the meeting of men in their sheds the MRI...maybe the start of a new man craze. Anyway, arriving with my gin I was led down the garden path (literally!) and introduced to the most amazing garden shed...

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Maple infused gin - When Kim met the Maple Syrup Man!

This gin all started with a conversation!   In August we were awarded 3 Gold Stars in the Great Taste awards run by The Guild of Fine Foods, the announcement and celebrations for the winners were held in London at the beginning of October - so off I went. To win any 3 star award is no mean feat as 10,000 entries from all over the UK and Ireland are tasted with only 147 being awarded 3 stars so it is fair to say I was delighted.   Anyway I was sitting at the awards dinner beside a man called Rob Ward who had won a 2 star Great Taste  award for his Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, and as we...

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The Gin Bothy's Mulled Gin Awarded Highest Accolade by Great Taste Awards

Whether you’re the type that goes all out for Christmas or hates the stress that comes with it, pouring a glass of Gin Bothy’s Mulled Infused Gin is a guaranteed shortcut to getting ready for Christmas.  Infused with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in limited edition, hand-made batches it’s most frequently described as “Christmas in a glass”. “Mulled is great on the rocks or with ginger ale or for the ultimate Christmas experience try serving it warm, ideally sitting by the fire” says Gin Bothy founder Kim Cameron. Great Taste, which celebrates the very best in food and drink recently awarded Gin Bothy Mulled Gin with a prestigious Great Taste 3-star Award. Out of 10,000 products, only 141 products were awarded...

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