If you’ve been reading our most recent entries on The Dapper Chapper bar then you’ll know from our review of Gin Mare, that we are particularly passionate about a good Gin & Tonic.
And there are few things that could add to our love of Gin – however, one thing that could, is a Gin that is not only of an incredibly high quality, but also hails from the highlands of Scotland! Anything from North of the border that can bring a touch of home to me in London is a winner.
So sitting on a weekday evening, in the back garden, under the setting sun of London, with a Scottish Gin & Tonic in my hand is about as close to bliss as it gets.
Caorunn Gin hails from the famous Cairngorm mountain range, in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. And it is the incredible natural ingredients that this area produces that are used to produce this great Gin. Crystal clear Scottish Highland Spring water is married with locally foraged botanicals.
5 of Caorunn’s main botanicals hail from the surrounding Scottish hills – Heather, Rowan Berries, Dandelion, Bog Myrtle and Caol Blush Apples. This makes Caorunn Gin uniquely Scottish. And that puts a big tick in its box in my eyes.
This combination of local, unique ingredients makes for an incredibly crisp and different tasting gin that works incredibly well in cocktails. With this particular Gin we actually recommend branching out from the traditional G&T.
Given that heather, Rowan Berries, Dandelion, Bog Myrtle and Caol Blush Berries won’t be household flavours to most people’s taste buds, so they can be a little tricky to pick out when drinking this neat. This Gin is a very crisp and clean Gin, which doesn’t force over-powering flavours down your throat.
Now don’t get us wrong, this is a Gin that is more than at home in a simple G&T – it taste great, with just enough of that refreshing bite on the back of the throat that makes G&T so great. Add a slight twitst to a Caorunn G&T by adding some slices of Red Lady apples.
However, this Gin really comes into its own when used in cocktails, in which the other ingredients seem to meld with the unique blend of Scottish ingredients, to create incredible flavour profiles. We’ve tried many of the Gin cocktails that Caorunn suggest, but there is no doubt that with autumn and it’s bitingly cold evenings upon us, our favourite is the Apple Winter Toddy.
Apple Winter Toddy
45ml Caorunn Gin
125ml Cloudy Apple Juice
Dash of port
20ml Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons of caster sugar
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Heat gently over a stove and pour into a toddy glass.
Caorunn Gin is available from The Whisky Exchange for a price of £27.45.