Blending the past with the now…
Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to enjoy uniquely crisp and refreshing cocktails before the onslaught of fall and winter. And what better activity to enjoy the mild weather than on a the golf course. So in conjunction with the world’s premier golf pro’s making their stop in Atlanta to compete for a cool $8M at the PGA TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, we’ll be clueing you in on spirit the Scots make just as well as whisky…gin. It’s high time you get to know Caorunn Gin.
Caorunn Gin is handcrafted small batch distilled Scottish gin. The main difference between Caorunn and the gins you’re probably used to its Scottish heritage and Celtic background. The name Caorunn, pronounced ‘ka-roon’, is Gaelic for rowan berry – a fabled botanical that has inspired Celtic medicines and recipes for generations. It was established in 1824 at Balmenach Distillery, a working malt whisky distillery in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands. The distillery was one of the first in Scotland to be licensed to produce Scotch whisky. With the time-honored tradition of whisky distilling being passed down from father to son throughout the decades, it wasn’t until the 1920’s that distiller Simon Bulley decided to play around with the idea of producing a gin at Balmenach. By utilizing the ancient skills and recipes of spirit making, harnessing the pure Scottish Highland water, and selecting age old Celtic botanicals that grow on the surrounding hills, Caorunn Gin was born.
Caorunn is distilled at Balmenach Distillery and is the first gin to be produced at a working malt whisky distillery. It is handcrafted by a Gin Master using pure grain spirit, Scottish water, and the infusion of eleven hand-picked botanicals in a unique small batch Copper Berry Chamber. The blend is that of six traditional gin botanicals (juniper berries, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, Angelica root, and Cassia bark). What distinguishes Caorunn however is the five Celtic botanicals that give it its unique flavor profile and character. The infusion of Rowan Berry, bog myrtle, heather, Coul blush apple, and dandelion leaf give Caorunn a fresh, floral, and slightly spicy aromatic. The pure grain spirit is then triple distilled and vaporised at a slow pace allowing the botanicals to marry perfectly with each other, not one overpowering the other.
The distillation process and use of eleven botanicals give Caorunn its fresh, citrusy, and full bodied flavor. Caorunn Gin is uniquely served with a freshly cut red apple to enhance its invigorating, clean and crisp taste. The finish is long lasting, refreshing, and slightly drying.
What better way to show you some of the awesome cocktails you can make with Caorunn Gin, than to get the recipes straight from the bartender. Check out these refreshing cocktails from the Caorunn US Storytellers Competition Finals featured at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Cheers!
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