WHAT GOES INTO OUR GIN?
Many of our botanicals are inspired from the islands many habitats, sandy beaches, rocks and cliff faces and old walls, fields and roadside verges, moorland and bogs.
Despite Iona’s size and with the help of Mark from Galloway Wild Foods we have spent some time foraging these habitats and found over 60 botanicals that grow naturally on this beautiful little island. From this we were able to narrow down which ones we would use to inspire our gin.
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IONA GIN STORY
We want to create a gin to be proud of made with as many local botanicals that are grown, and sourced from the island of Iona. We also aim to use Iona spring water from the only loch on the island with the view to hopefully have our very own small distillery on the island.
We have put a lot of research into our gin working with botanical and food expert Mark Williams from Galloway Wild Foods who visited and foraged the island to see what was grows here on Iona and would be available to us.
Initially we have been working very closely with master ginsmith Charles Maxwell. Having literally created hundreds of gins in his career at the helm of Thames Distillery, Charles is one of the few distillers in the world who only creates spirits for others and in doing so, is undeniably, one of the most experienced ginsmiths out there.
As well as wanting our gin to taste great, we want it to look great and represent the island as best as it can. In order to achieve this we have had our brand created by Ewan Leckie from My Creative. Ewan is a highly experienced graphic designer who is originally from the island of Mull. We felt given Ewan’s island background and being so close to our island he was the perfect person to help us create the brand that we were after.
AN ISLAND GIN
Check back soon for some great serving ideas to enjoy Iona Gin.
Iona is a small, beautiful and peaceful yet lively Hebridean Island, this is reflected in our fresh and zesty gin.
It is only 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, with a population of around 150 permanent residents. Despite this, Iona has a special place in the heart of many people the world over.
Iona has a long and illustrious history and is well known as being ‘The home of Christianity’ in Scotland. While that is without doubt one of the main reasons hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Iona each year, there is much more to the island than that. It is striking to remark that despite the numbers of visitors to the island, the pervading feeling that people leave with is one of peace and restoration.