Crafty Distillery’s unique approach has already seen them nominated for ‘Best Innovation’ and ‘Best Distilled Gin’ at the 2017 Scottish Gin Awards for their recently launched Galloway inspired gin.

The modern distillery is positioned on an enviable, elevated position with spectacular views across the hills and forests of Galloway at Newton Stewart.

Its first product, Hills and Harbour Gin, is an extremely well-balanced spirit created by distilling local Noble Fir needles and Bladderwrack Seaweed along with nine other botanicals. The gin leads with juniper and is balanced with hints of forest fir, tropical fruit, citrus spice, tangy sherbet and a subtle scent of the shore. This means it serves well with almost any garnish, so you can get creative and serve the gin the way you like it.

 “Our distillery is surrounded by rich forests and unspoilt coastline, we’d be daft not to experiment with flavours they serve up.” said Graham Taylor, Managing Director of Crafty.

The concept, like the Crafty brand is about creating a gin that builds on the principles of what a makes gin great but it takes it a step farther by reducing dryness and increasing taste, which ultimately gives it a wider appeal through great balance and drinkability. This was about creating a gin that more people can enjoy, to bring more people into craft spirits.  

Graham said: “We’ve added some of our own wheat grain spirit which means we can craft something that really stands out.”

Staying true to their motto of ‘Keeping Everyone in Good Spirits’ they called on their many followers to help refine their favourite recipe, which their distiller Craig Rankin developed through a great many experimentations.

“We’re a social lot down here in Galloway and we want that inclusive spirit to come through when we develop our products,” Graham said. “We picked 100 lucky people at random then sent them 3 versions of the recipe.” 

The feedback from the ‘Crafty 100’ was then used to help refine the final product, with Taylor explaining it became an essential part of the process.

 “It’s great so many gin fans and industry experts are enjoying our way of doing things. Scotland has always had a knack of being at the forefront of invention, and we made a conscious effort when we built the distillery to carry on this tradition, that’s why our logo is a little bolt of inspiration.”

The first Scottish Gin Awards will take place on Thursday September 14.

Hills and Harbour Gin is available to buy from select stockists, at the distillery or on their website where you can also book distillery tours. Click here: Crafty Distillery