Our second Gin at our February Gin Club is Rock Rose – when I say second there is no order at Gin Club, Just use your GinMe’s and pick which ever Gin you want to try first.
Rock rose heralds from the north of our lovely country (that’s Scotland in case anyone wasn’t sure) in Caithness at the Dunnet Bay Distillery. Now this is where I turn into the worst Geographer ever, much like our good friend Ruth Jackson who doesn’t know where anything is. In my head (for years anyway) Caithness was just a part of Perth which was on the A9 roundabout, exactly where Caithness Glass the company is located. Thankfully my geography has improved and I know exactly where it is. It’s a lovely region (in name only I think not officially) near Thurso.
Continuing with a rather Scottish Gin making tradition, Rock Rose uses locally sourced botanicals. I’m not sure if these go along with the foraging theme many other Gins in Scotland use. The only botanicals which are not sourced locally is the juniper and the cardamom – now I don’t remember where I heard this as no doubt it was on a night where Gin was being drunk so it might have vanished into the ether of the evening but I remember someone saying that most Gin brands don’t use Scottish Juniper as it’s not meant to be that great. Someone can confirm this for us at Gin Club though.
Rock Rose is distilled in a traditional Copper Still called Elizabeth and contains Rhodiola Rosea, Rowan Berries, Sea Buckthorn, Blackberries, Verbena, Corriander Seed, Cardamom and Juniper. I’m sure there are more again trade secrets and all that.
So we have a wee confession on this one. We haven’t decided how we are serving this at Gin Club. I know normal we would be describing the perfect pour but Stuart, Kate and I haven’t sat down and went through all the pours yet.
Don’t worry. Rock Rose tastes amazing regardless so it will be good.
So instead of our perfect taste here is a picture of Ruaridh from Rock Rose buying a new car on the Dunnet Bay Distillery expense account.