Scotland is known best for its whisky, but recently I have had the pleasure of discovering a few of the country’s best gins…
Gordon Castle Estate, Walled Garden and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand are the results of eight years’ hard work by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox since they took over the running of Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers in 2008. Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the spiritual home of the House of Gordon, one of Scotland’s oldest families.
The estate is found in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world. The Walled Garden at Gordon Castle has a long history, with evidence it existing in a guise since the 17th century. At over eight acres, The Walled Garden at Gordon Castle is one of the largest in the country and, once restored, will be the largest fully productive walled garden in Scotland. This historical place acts as the inspiration behind the luxury brand and since its launch in June 2014 now produces over 200 lifestyle products, luxury beauty products and premium gin, all inspired by the fruits, herbs and plants grown in the garden.
Gordon Castle Gin is an award-winning premium gin handcrafted using botanicals grown in its very own Scottish Walled Garden, bringing you an air of history and provenance in every sip. Gordon Castle Gin is a crisp, elegant and refreshing gin with a lovely clean palate. Subtle notes of lavender linger in the back of the nose and within the mouth. The garden flavours give the spirit a clean and refreshing character.
The thing I look forward to most about Fridays is getting home to a cold gin and tonic. This weekend, to celebrate World Gin Day (9th June), I will be raising a toast to this wonderful spirit with Gordon Castle botanical gin. The cocktail recipes with this unique spirit are endless, but this gin is particularly well paired with mint, lemon, lime and plenty ice. The two main tasting notes you may notice in the gin are lavender and garden mint, so if you have easy access to a lavender bush you can use this summery scent as a garnish if you wish.
You can taste this delicious gin for yourself at Gordon Castle Gin bar at the Taste of London Festival in Regent’s Park from the 13th-17th June.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Gordon Castle Scotland. Find out more information and buy a bottle of gin (£34.25 for 70cl) here.