Darnley's Gin (Stand F60)
Darnley’s Gin is owned by one of Scotland’s longest established and experienced wine and spirits makers, the Wemyss Family (pronounced ‘weems’).
The gin is made in the time honoured way by distilling the botanicals with a four times distilled neutral grain spirit in a pot still. The London Dry method is used, so no flavours are added after distillation – only purified water to reduce the gin to its bottling strength.
Launched in 2010, the brand has just undergone a major refresh with beautiful new packaging which celebrates the spirit's quality and craftsmanship. A rich colour palette and hand-drawn illustrations convey the different botanicals in each of its three expressions.
Darnley’s Original Gin: inspired by the elderflower growing wild in the grounds of the Wemyss family castle in Fife, this elegant gin uses a distinctive blend of six botanicals including elderflower, coriander and lemon peel, creating a classic juniper-led gin which is fresh, floral and vibrant. Bottled at 40%.
Darnley’s Spiced Gin: sparked by the Wemyss family’s spirit of adventure, this gin uses a distinctive blend of ten botanicals including cloves, ginger and grains of paradise. Contemporary in style, it is full and rounded with warm spice notes from cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by a lingering peppery finish. Bottled at 42.7%.
Darnley’s Spiced Gin ‘Navy Strength’: During their time at sea, ships’ officers used to enjoy a daily ration of gin which had to pass a gunpowder test to prove it was over 57% alcohol and therefore ‘Navy Strength’. This gin uses the same botanicals as Darnley’s Spiced Gin, with a touch more juniper and an increased proof for a bold gin with intense warming spice flavours. Bottled at 57.1%. In addition to the refresh and new packaging, the company has recently confirmed that they are in the final stages of building a new Darnley’s Distillery next to their sister whisky distillery at Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife. Currently distilled in London, Darnley’s Gin production will move exclusively to the new Scottish facility this summer. More details will be announced at Imbibe Live in July….