The Scottish Gin Society Bringing distillation to the gates of the Highlands – a new signature gin from Dùn Omhain
At the Scottish Gin Society, we love to hear news of the launch of new and exciting Scottish Gins and learn the history and passion behind each. With the tough times of 2020, unsurprisingly new gins were scarce, however, the pandemic caused many to rethink their situation and 2021 sparked a number of locally driven business ideas across the country.
In the idyllic town of DÃ¹n Omhain (Dunoon) on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute, a new Scottish gin business has been started by a group of old school friends from the town named DÃ¹n Omhain Distillers.
The city and its surroundings have a rich history dating back to the 3rd century BC. More recently, over the past two centuries, with the advent of technology in the form of the Dunoon paddle steamer, has secured its place on the modern world map, this is where this story begins.
In 1822, Glasgow merchant James Ewing built a pier in the city which marked the start of a period of change, opening up the city which had until then been in decline. As the 1820s progressed, another Ewing by the name of William spotted an opportunity as whiskey production continued to grow across the country and he built a distillery in the town which was licensed in 1833. Later the same year, it closed and no record remains as to why and also whether it was actually producing spirits. Over time this story got lost in local folklore, but spirits or not the town continued to gain popularity over the next century thanks to the paddle steamer and the identification of the annual holidays of the working class, the city frequented by the Scots becoming “on steam” down the Clyde on the way to and in the Dunoon area.
We are happy to say that the city is now experiencing a revitalization with a new vision for the neighborhood evident in a number of new businesses, projects and a growing population, which led the group of school friends to launch now their new business DÃ¹n Omhain Distillers.
DÃ¹n Omhain Distillers is committed to bringing the folklore of the 200-year-old distillery to life. After the first initial release of their Signature Gin, the company aims to bring local distillation back to the gates of the highlands of DÃ¹n Omhain.
The first batch of Signature Gin Batch # 1 â€“â€“ â€œThe Postcard Seriesâ€ has just been launched and marks the start of a long-term plan to reinvest in the region through the city’s first artisanal distillery.
The three company directors Andrew Moss, Fergus Weall and Johnny Widdowson came together in the company out of a common interest in spirits and a love for the city and region in which they grew up, still live and have connections. family.
Now drawing on the experience they each bring to the table, they embark on the journey with the eventual goal of making whiskey in town. The ultimate goal is to create a local business with a global reach through which jobs can be brought to the city and also to create a platform to help promote the area and obviously have fun along the way.
In an effort to create a gin that could be versatile enough for any gin palette, the team set about playing around with the recipes while on lockdown. Signature Gin’s botanical selection is rooted in the inspiration of the region and access to a few private gardens in the Benmore area helped with a few extra notes. After a number of batches of testing, Fergus and Andrew landed on a particular expression that is now available for everyone to taste. You can check out their signature gin on the DÃ¹n Omhain Distillers website.