THE Balmoral hotel has turned its attention to spirits with the launch of its first Scottish gin.
Baile Mhoireil is said to be inspired by the Scottish landscape and embody “the country’s well-loved culture and spirit;” the premium gin features a list of botanicals including rosemary, dill, sage, chamomile, anise and lemon verbena.
The Edinburgh hotel, which is owned by hotel group Rocco Forte, teamed up with The Old Curiosity Distillery to create the expression which is recommended to be paired with tonic, dried grapefruit, a sprig of rosemary and a dash of lemon verbena.
Cameron Matthews, The Balmoral’s gin ambassador, said: “It was our vision to create a sustainable gin while supporting this incredible local supplier.
“After two years of development with the Old Curiosity Distillery it has been a privilege to create our own spirit in order to meet the needs of our guests. The bottle design is a nod to the hotel’s history and will also make for a beautiful memento for our guests.”
Hamish Martin, Scottish herbologist and owner and founder of The Secret Herb Garden and The Old Curiosity Distillery said: “We are so proud to partner up with The Balmoral to create this truly beautiful gin – it has taken time, many experiments and a passion to deliver and as we are only six miles away.
“We hope you enjoy this gin as much as we have enjoyed growing, harvesting, drying, distilling and bottling it.’