The Isle of Mull’s Tobermory distillery is well known for producing top quality single malt whiskies, Ledaig and Tobermory. Nevertheless, they have decided to turn their hand gin production, with this the first gin made by the distillery in their more than 200 year history.
Tobermory’s gin begins with a neutral spirit, that is distilled many times for purity. Interestingly, the distillery then adds a little new make malt spirit from their whisky stills. Tobermory’s whisky is known for its maritime nature, and this certainly adds another dimension to the gin.
In total, the distillery uses 13 botanicals to flavour their gin, including locally grown Hebridean tea, juniper, elderflower and orange peel. These are steeped in the gin for a full 24 hours.
The final result is a malty gin, similar to a Genever in some ways, with notes of earthy spice, verdant tea, citrus, bittersweet juniper and a brightening floral flavour.
Bottled at 43.3% ABV for a touch more intensity, this gin is best served over ice with a good quality tonic.