Gin is berry inspired by Fife

Darnley’s Gin distiller Scott Gowans with the Very Berry release

THE countryside surrounding the Darnley’s Gin distillery in the East Neuk of Fife is said to have inspired the initial flavoured release in a new range of limited edition gins from the small-batch producer.

Very Berry, the first of the Cottage Series line, was developed by distiller Scott Gowans and contains four signature botanicals – rosehip, elderberry, sloe berry and sugar kelp – all of which can be found to grow wild around Fife’s eastern corner, with the sugar kelp farmed off the nearby coastline.

The gin’s taste is described as tart and bitter at first with notes of rich fruit and a sweet and aromatic finish “balanced by a coastal mineral flavour”.

Gowans said: “The overall taste is floral and fruity, giving a different taste profile to the others in the Darnley’s range.”

Darnley’s has produced 2100 50cl bottles of the variant, which has an ABV of 41.5%.