Why This Bottle?
Well known for their single malt whiskies, the Balmenach Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland decided it was time to jump on the gin wagon back in 2009, and Caorunn was born. Gaelic for ‘rowanberry’, Caorunn is uniquely distilled using 5 locally sources botanicals (rowanberry, bog myrtle leaf, heather flowers, coul bush apples, and dandelion leaf), plus 6 of the more usual suspects. The botanical flavours are extracted by means of vapour infusion (as opposed to the regular maceration technique) resulting in a clean but complex sip.
Strath Panel Notes
Earthy aromas of heather on the nose, with a rich caramel note.
The palate was herbaceous like a wild salad with dandelion and burdock leaves. It was also distinctly applesauce flavours, but very much the unsweetened variety.
Serving suggestion: Get creative and maybe put this in a cocktail with cider!
Will It G&T? Absolutely, tonic makes this gin shine. Try it with a slice of apple as a garnish.