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Monthly Archives: October 2020

  1. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - North Uist

    After leaving Colonsay we've travelled north west to the Outer Hebrides and find ourself in North Uist, home of North Uist Distillery Co. - the creators of Downpour Gin.

    Spanning and area of 117 square miles, North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish Island and is connected by causeways to Benbecula, Berneray and Baleshare. The landscape is generally very flat with the exception of the south east and is covered by peat bogs, cultivated crofts, sandy beaches and fresh and salt water lochans.

    The island is a haven for nature lovers with the mix of fresh and salt water lochs giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats. Fishing and bird watching are extremely popular past times in North Uist. 

    Lochmaddy is the largest settlement on the island with a population of around 300 people and is the where the ferries connecting North Uist with

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  2. Mackintosh Old Tom - October 2020

    The October Gin of the Month for our Scottish Gin Club members is the award-winning Old Tom Gin from Mackintosh Gin.

    With the nights drawing in and the shorter days upon us, we feel that the super refreshing gin which is distilled with grapefruit and pineapple is the perfect pick-me-up while remembering the warmer days of summer.

    This is the first time we've included an Old Tom gin in our subscription boxes so we've included a brief overview of this gin style.

    Mackintosh Gin Range

    What is Old Tom Gin?

    Old Tom gin is slightly drier than a Dutch Genever but sweeter than London Dry. It was extremely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries before falling out of favour in the early 20th centur

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  3. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Colonsay

    We've travelled further west from the Isle of Jura and are now on Colonsay - an island in the Inner Hebrides and the home of Wild Thyme Spirits.

    Colonsay lies around 20 miles from the mainland and is between Islay and Mull. Together with Oronsay, an island connected by a tidal causeway, the islands are around 10 miles in length and 2 miles wide and are home to around 135 inhabitants.

    Although small in size, there is no shortage of things to do on Colonsay, especially for the lovers of the outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts. 

    Kiloran Bay in Colonsay

    As the island is relatively flat with few steep or long hills it's great for walking and cycling. The unique climate and geology of Colonsay is perfect for wildlife and there are several distinct habitats including woodland, moorland, peat bogs, meadows, raised be

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