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Wow! Scottish Edge Really....REALLY?!

Wow! Really....REALLY?! That’s my response to having won at this year’s Scottish EDGE Awards! Having never applied for ‘that sort of thing’ or even been part of a pitch process before it would be fair to say I only entered after I was advised ‘you should be applying for this type of event, it might help’!  As a producer in Kirriemuir I often felt the entrepreneurial world, so familiar to those in the city were distant and far away from our rural Bothy which can often feel quite isolated.  Despite our mammoth efforts to innovate – which has led to us producing UK winning products – I’ve tended to avoid networking opportunities, feeling disconnected with the energy that business support...

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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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Bothy Original

Bothy Original Savoury.... not sweet! As fruit infusion is what the Gin Bothy is known for I have entered into a new world today....using Scottish botanicals and traditional methods Gin Bothy original has been lovingly created in a 200 litre copper still nestled on a local farm in Angus. Located minutes from the beautiful Glamis castle I gathered the botanicals we had from the gardens and banks of the glens and have created, I hope, a gin you will enjoy as a classic gin & tonic. Using Scottish botanicals including heather (dried out) hawthorn berries, milk thistle (tricky to dry out!) pine needles (that was fun!) and fresh rosemary we created Bothy original in the still. With the juniper left...

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