North Uist Distillery releases Downpour gin

Apr 26, 2019by Owen Bellwood

A family-owned distillery has created the first gin from Scottish Hebridean island North Uist, called Downpour.

Said to “capture the spirit of Hebridean island life”, Downpour turns cloudy when mixed with tonic water due to the higher concentration of essential oils that have been extracted from its botanicals. Made using heather, juniper, cassia, clove and orange, Downpour is a “citrus-forward gin with bold spice and a punch of wild Hebridean heather”. On the nose it is said to be bright and zesty, while the palate is described as having “sweet notes of warming spice and orange”. Jonny Ingledew, master distiller at North Uist Distillery – the only legal distillery on Scotland's outermost Hebridean island – said: “Downpour has a bold flavour and packs a delicious punch – all of the flavour from the essential oils we use, including the resulting flavour cloud, has been retained. "The flavour is bold in taste but the gin is still a classic juniper Scottish dry gin. There is no mistake that it’s a gin and we are very proud of that. “Downpour is the first spirit we have produced at North Uist Distillery. We are currently distilling from a small set up on North Uist, but our sights are firmly set on expanding and we hope to reveal our ambitious plans very soon. Downpour is just the beginning of our journey.” Distilled on the north west of North Usist, Downpour gin is available to buy from the distillery’s website for £38 (US$49) per 700ml bottle.