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By Gary Lloyd in the Morning Advertiser.
A Scottish spirits business has launched its own brand range, kicking off a gin.
Mike Stuart who founded the Inverurie Whisky Shop in Aberdeenshire in 2015, has launched a new company named Foghouse Spirits, which will evolve in time to include a single cask whisky range and rum.
Stuart, 38, has taken his expert experience and knowledge of the industry and collaborated with the award-winning Lost Loch Spirits Company in Royal Deeside to create the small batch gin in micro copper stills.
Inspired by Mediterranean flavours, the handcrafted expression combines nine botanicals, including wormwood, which is prized for its distinctive aroma.
Taking inspiration from classic recipes and carefully considered ingredients, Foghouse Gin is said to deliver notes of rosemary and olive balanced with coriander and cubeb spice.
The company’s name derives from fog houses found across many of Scotland’s estates. These man-made shelters are found on hillsides where the lairds of the past would entertain guests and “escape the ordinary”.
Stuart said: “We’ve been working on Foghouse since 2019 and wanted to create something that would really stand out from the crowd not just in flavour profile but with the bottle itself. We discovered the most beautiful fog house in Aberdeenshire that overlooks a waterfall. It’s tricky to locate but worth it when you find it. It inspired us to craft flavours that would be instrumental in evoking a memory and transporting you to a special place, as a reminder of what makes you happy.
We’ve employed a team of experts to really promote this new gin. As a result, we’ve already had interest from pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants around the UK that want to stock it.”
It is recommended to serve Foghouse with tonic and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and twist of orange to accentuate the Mediterranean notes.
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