Spirits of the Season 2013: Caorunn Gin a lovely Scottish surprise

Spirits of the Season 2013 will bring you the hottest new recipes, spirits and wines from the coolest distilleries, vineyards, restaurants and bars from all across the globe!

Scotland's stunning entry Caorunn Gin is more than just another gin. It is a perfectly balanced, super-premium small batch spirit infused with hand-picked botanicals, inspired by Celtic tradition.

Created from the Celtic landscape, Caorunn is a handcrafted, small batch distilled gin controlled by Gin Master, Simon Buley. These craftspeople use pure grain spirit, not molasses like most gins, to ensure high quality.


Note that Caorunn has a uniquely shaped bottle which makes it a fun gift to give. Its distinctive five sides give instant recognition and are representative of the five Celtic botanicals. By infusing the five Celtic botanicals in our unique Copper Berry Chamber we harness Scotland’s unique natural resources and age old botanicals.

Steidhitche the Gaelic word for established, recalls the Scottish heritage of Caorunn. Caorunn is handcrafted with Scottish water infused with eleven hand-picked botanicals in their unique Copper Berry Chamber at a working malt whisky distillery at Balmenach in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands.

On the bottle's closure, you find the wheel of five Celtic botanicals and the Caorunn Asterisk are embossed in the natural wood material. The use of time-honoured Celtic botanicals, traditional gin plant and handcrafting process reflects our desire to revive traditional influences. The Caorunn Asterisk is a symbol for five, representing the five Celtic botanicals whilst echoing the shape of the bottle.

The distillery uses Celtic art and Celtic knots in the packaging and label. The five Celtic botanicals are represented including the fabled Rowan Berry, which forms the very soul of this fragrant Scottish Gin. Caorunn, pronounced ‘ka –roon’, is the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry that has inspired Celtic medicines and recipes for generations.

Just in time for winter – Caorunn sent us a few holiday centric cheery recipes to try:

Caorunn is also traditionally served with tonic and a freshly cut red apple to enhance its invigorating, clean and crisp taste.

Gin & Mulled Wine Sour


1.25 ounces Caorunn Gin
1 Egg white
Elmegirab's Christmas Bitters
.5 ounce simple syrup or Gomme (gum arabic added to syrup)
1 ounce Mulled wine
1 ounce Lemon juice

Glass -  Tall glass

Garnish with some Cinnamon bark, cloved orange zest

Method: Dry shake then wet shake all ingredients then serve in a tall glass with lots of cubed ice.

Caorunn Winter Gin and Tonic

A warming winter inspired version of the iconic G&T


1.5 ounces Caorunn Gin

4 ounces Tonic water

Grated Nutmeg

Grated Cinnamon sticks

Glass- Collins or Hi-Ball

Garnish: Sliced Red apple, orange slices, cloves

Method: Add all ingredients and grate nutmeg and cinnamon on top and stir through

Apple Winter Toddy


1.5 ounces Caorunn Gin

4 ounces Pressed apple juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

.5 ounce Lemon juice

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

Dash Port

Garnish: Clove studded orange and apple, grated nutmeg

Method: Heat all things in a pan until warm.

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