NEWS: Tyree Gin launch

A new addition to the fast-growing Hebridean Gin market is Tyree Gin

The predominant flavour of Tyree Gin is achieved through locally foraged botanicals: Eyebright, Ladies Bedstraw, Water Mint and Angelica collected from the island's rich and fertile machair ground.

Machair is low-lying arable or grazing land formed near the coast by a combination of soil and sand. This type of land is unique to Scotland and makes up around a quarter of the Tiree landmass.

These machair botanicals are then combined with Kelp and Sea Belt harvested from the waters of the Atlanic Ocean.

Tyree Gin is the second product released by the Tiree Whisky Company following on from a 19-year-old Highland Single Malt Whisky, "The Cairnsmuir".

The gin is distilled on the mainland, but there are plans to move the production onto the island when viable.

The gin is available to pre-order online priced at £34.99 for a 70cl bottle. First deliveries are scheduled to begin on 19th July.

PS - if, like me, you have absolutely no idea what Ladies Bedstraw is, here you go:

The frothy, yellow flowers of Lady's Bedstraw scent the air of our grasslands, chalk downlands, meadows, heaths and sand dunes with honey. The stems can be so dense with flowers that they carpet the grass with yellow from June to September. Dried, this flower has the scent of new-mown hay, and its name is probably derived from the tradition of stuffing straw mattresses with it, particularly those of women about to give birth.

How to identify it - it has small, narrow leaves that appear in whorls on its angular stems. The stems carry frothy heads of tiny, yellow flowers that appear in dense clusters.

Simples! :-)