I have worked as a distiller in the Highlands for sometime and thought it was time to develop something new - The Geologist. This project has been hibernating for a number of years. Now we are ready to bring this gin to you.
The recipe has been developed by myself over many different versions across 6 months work. I have settled for a mix of botanicals that reflect an adventurous spirit. This is juniper forward with fresh apple, cinnamon, vanilla and a little spice. Perfect in a G&T but also a great base for some incredible cocktails.
Not only did I want to create a great gin but one that gives a little back. We are working with the North Highland Geopark and also the Cromarty Town Development Trust. Every bottle of gin sold gives a little back to the community and helps protect the Geopark for future generations.
Why The Geologist?
A couple of years ago my partners cousin (a geologist) was surveying in Mali when the civil war flared up. Information was sparse and it was tense. The situation resolved happily and he came home. But he is also been in riots, quarantines, and numerous other incidents. From here the idea developed.
When we came to develop the brand for this gin we knew a little about Hugh Miller (who was an abstainer), stonemason, geologist, reformer due to our proximity to Cromarty. We also discovered Roderick Murchison who was an eminent geologist born in the Highlands and had links to the area that is now the North West Highland Geopark. And the idea formed.
The Geologist celebrates those explorers who helped form our understanding of the planet we live on and continue to do so. Sometimes placing themselves in harms way to just find out what is over the horizon. Perfect for a punchy flavourful gin.
The design is a creative interpretation of The Geologist featuring a fossilized fish of the type discovered by Hugh Miller. The reverse is a print of the solar system inspired by 19th century textbooks. The fossil and text are debossed and look fantastic. We also wanted to celebrate our Scottish location so we developed the neck label complete with Saltire. We love the bottle and look forward to sharing it and the contents.
We use 9 botanicals, a combination of foraged and exotic. One of which, tomono fruit, was brought to us by a geologist. The gin is crisp and fresh with warm cinnamon notes, apple and a spicy finish. Great with tonic or as a base for your favourite cocktail.
The gin is being distilled in the Highlands using borrowed equipment by myself. We are using a 500 litre still called Karen. All bottles will be hand numbered and signed. A true handcrafted product.