If you know me then you’ll probably know that gin is my drink of choice. So it’s no surprise that I was excited to be invited along to The Gin Bothy’s event. The event was held at Gin 71 in Merchant City (also known as any gin lover’s dream place to be).
The Gin Bothy is a Scottish company based in Kirriemuir, not too far from Dundee. Kim is the woman behind the company and is also known as “the accidental gin maker”. I had the pleasure of speaking to her at the event and she explained the nickname. The Gin Bothy started out as The Jam Bothy, a successful small business producing lots of jam. Not wanting to waste any of the excess fruit juice, she decided to try and produce her own beautifully flavoured gin. Four years, 12 different flavours and several awards later, it’s fair to say Kim’s idea was a success.
I really enjoyed speaking to Kim and finding out more about her business. What I admire most is Kim’s effort to run a sustainable and ethical business. Local Scottish produce is picked seasonally to create the best possible gin – whether this be the summertime raspberries and blueberries grown in nearby fields or the rhubarb which is grown at the bothy itself. Kim has even created a chilli infused gin, and the chillies are grown in Scotland’s first chilli farm located in Fife.
The Gin Bothy also encourages recycling… If you return an empty bottle to the bothy, you’ll get a little discount off your next purchase!
Whilst at the event, I had the opportunity to try some of the gins, including the classic Bothy Original and the fruity Strawberry infused gin. However, my favourite was definitely Gunshot. Infused with cinnamon and cloves and served with ginger ale, it really did taste like Christmas in a glass. Speaking of Christmas, Gunshot has been specially rebranded for the festive period, so if you have a look on The Gin Bothy website you’ll find a gorgeous bottle of the Mulled infused gin.
The Gin Bothy have also launched a tasting selection box just in time for the festive season! It’s the perfect opportunity to try out their different flavours as you’ll get 5 minis. I was lucky enough to be gifted one to take home and have thoroughly enjoyed trying them out. If I’m being honest, my box didn’t last too long…
Luckily, the boxes are now available to buy from The Gin Bothy’s website directly and are £30 each (delivery is free too!). These will make the perfect gift for the gin lovers in your life. I have no doubt that I’ll be picking up a few before Christmas.
I think I’ll also have to pick up a bottle of the Gunshot/Mulled gin for myself. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s also a great feeling to support a Scottish ethical business. You can tell that Kim is passionate about what she does and I loved hearing about the history of The Gin Bothy. To view all the different flavours and pick up a selection box for yourself, head on over to The Gin Bothy website. You’ll also find a list of their upcoming events on the website, definitely go along and say hello!
Thanks again to Kim and Jennie for inviting me along and making me feel so welcome!
And thanks to you for reading too,
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