William Kerr’s Borders Gin goes on sale

The Borders Distillery in Hawick, Scotland, has released a gin in honour of the town’s late explorer and botanist William Kerr.

William Kerr’s Borders Gin has been made from malt barley spirit and distilled in the distillery’s specially commissioned Carter Head Still. Bottled at 43% abv, the gin is made with an array of botanicals including juniper, angelica root, coriander seeds, liquorice root and cassia bark. It is said to have flavours of light malt fruitiness, citrus notes, with coriander and a spicy hint of liquorice. Tim Carton, co-founder of The Borders Distillery, said: “William Kerr was a man from humble origins whose love of plants helped shape the field of botany. “An avid explorer and plant collector of the early 19th century, his work spanned Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, resulting in him shipping over 230 new specimens back to the United Kingdom. “Unlike many gins we use our own spirit from beginning to end, resulting in a distinctive and delicious mouth-filling taste and texture.” William Kerr’s Borders Gin is available to purchase in the UK through the distillery’s distribution partner, Gordon & MacPhail, priced at RRP £34 (US$44) per 700ml bottle. Owned by The Three Stills Company, The Borders Distillery officially opened in May last year, becoming the first legal Scotch whisky producer in the region since 1837.