Hebridean gin is ready to roll

THE firm behind the Colonsay Beers range is moving into the gin market with the launch of a new spirit said to be made from hand-foraged Hebridean botanicals.

Colonsay Beverages has unveiled Wild Island Botanic Gin – a five-times distilled gin infused with six botanicals: lemon balm, wild water mint, meadowsweet, sea buckthorn, heather flowers and bog myrtle.

Keith Bonnington, director of Colonsay Beverages, said Wild Island Gin’s botanicals “make it a fantastic spring or summer tipple”.

“The spirit has been tailored around one of our core Hebridean botanicals – lemon balm, which is part of the mint family but carries a beautiful refreshing citrus aroma right through to the glass in your hand,” said Bonnington.

“We went a bit heavier than most gins on the dried lemon peel and steeped the botanicals for an unusually long time to release the essential oils in the zest and the result is even better than we had hoped.”