New gins ready to hit off-trade

Three spirits brands have newcomers for convenience retailers to consider

Gin Bothy Oscars winner on sale now

Gin Bothy owner Kim Cameron is delighted to make it to Hollywood.
Gin Bothy owner Kim Cameron is delighted to bring a piece of the Oscars to customers.

CRAFT spirits brand Gin Bothy has made its limited-edition batch that was gifted to the top 25 Oscar nominees this year available for purchase.

The small exclusive batch was originally distilled by the Angus producer for the “Everyone Wins” gift bags given to stars including Cillian Murphy, Martin Scorsese and Emily Blunt.

The bottles numbered 1-25 were allocated to the Hollywood superstars.

Now Gin Bothy founder Kim Cameron (pictured) has decided to release the remainder of the 300-bottle batch for purchase.

Derived using Scottish heather, Scots pine and rosemary, the 700ml bottles are available at the firm’s Glamis and Forfar stores and online at Priced at £40 a bottle, the gin has an ABV of 41%.

Cameron said: “The Oscars are one of the biggest events in the world, so being able to bring a piece of that to our customers is exciting.

“Anyone who gets their hands on one of the 300 bottles will certainly be able to practise their winner’s speech with ease, as each bottle comes with a miniature six-inch Oscar figure.”

Verdant gin springs back to life

Joe Barber, founder of Stargazey Spirits, is pleased to give Verdant gin a boost.
Joe Barber, founder of Stargazey Spirits, is pleased to give Verdant gin a boost.

VERDANT, the first gin to be distilled in Dundee, has been brought back to life after the distillery closed in 2023.

Stargazey Spirits has stepped in, acquiring the brand with the aim of breathing life into the award-winning gin that pays homage to the city’s shipping and trading heritage.

Joe Barber, founder of Stargazey, said: “I was first attracted to Verdant because of its exceptional track record. The history and heritage of a spirit born in Dundee that was a Scottish Gin of the Year at the Gin Awards, and sole supplier of a House of Commons Gin really interested me.

“Once I had a bottle in my hands and got to taste Verdant, I realised just how much potential there was. The quality of the product is incredible, and I knew I had to support the brand and help develop it further.”

Available to buy from, the brand offers 700ml, 43% ABV bottles of Dry Gin (£36.95), Pink Gin and Light Rum (£37 each) and 57% ABV Navy Strength Gin (£47.50).

The Botanist grows its range

The Botanist Islay Cask Rested Gin and Islay Cask Aged Gin.
The Botanist Islay Cask Rested Gin and Islay Cask Aged Gin.

ISLAY gin brand The Botanist has strengthened its range with the introduction of two new variants.

The Botanist Cask Rested Gin and Cask Aged Gin both join the Hebridean gin range, marking the first domestic innovation from The Botanist.

The Cask Rested Gin has been matured for a minimum of six months in a selection of fine casks, helping to boast a complex gin along with the notes of the 22 hand-foraged botanicals found in the gin.

The Cask Aged Gin option is a blend of six different cask types from a variety of regions and has been aged in the Bruichladdich Distillery for a minimum of three years.

The Rested Gin comes with an RRP of £50 with the Aged option at £70 per bottle.

Adam Hannett, head distiller at the Bruichladdich Distillery, said: “We have watched and waited to see how the balance of the liquid and the 22 Islay botanicals can be further enhanced by resting in fine quality European and American oak casks.

“This experiment has been decades in the making, and we’re really pleased with the vibrancy and depth of the new liquids.”