Gatehouse Gin

Distilled at Duchally Country Estate.

Inspiration & History

Gatehouse Gin launched in June 2019, is a joint venture between Duchally Country Estate and Strathearn Distillery.

Strathearn Distillery is Scotland’s original craft spirits distillery, and focuses on the careful, handcrafting of spirits, from distillation through to bottling. The passion and skill that goes into the making of their spirits is reflected in the smoothness and intensity of their flavours.

For Strathearn Distillery founder Tony Reeman–Clark and fellow distillers Russell Wallace and Zak Shenfield, the Gatehouse Gin design process was exciting. Apples, rosehips, gooseberries and thistle were explored in the search for a distinctive flavour.

To keep sourcing local, Duchally Country Estate has a botanicals garden and orchard with apple and plum trees.

Duchally Country Estate

Duchally Country Estate sits within 27 acres of private parkland with the vast scenic landscapes of Perthshire on its doorstep. The country house hotel and luxurious lodges are a wonderful get-away-from-it-all holiday or short break location.

Duchally Country Estate is one of CLC World Resorts & Hotels’ diverse portfolio of resorts. Built in 1838 for the Monteath family, the original manor house later became a hotel. In 2000, CLC World developed the 55 lodges within the grounds.

Just 2 miles from Gleneagles, Duchally Country Estate is a great place to enjoy golf and of course, Gatehouse Gin.

Process

How the Gin is Made

Gatehouse Gin is distilled in a pair of traditional 100 Litre copper alembic stills which are direct fired. The botanics are added to the body of the still with neutral alcohol and then immediately fired to avoid any loss of freshness.

Distilling slowly, the gin is collected at an average strength of 75% ABV which is then reduced to bottling strength with the addition of local distilled water.

The rest is a secret!

Tasting Notes

Nose: The almost gentle pine nose of a juniper led gin quickly gives way to hints of fruit and citrus. There is an overarching aroma of freshness.

Taste and mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet despite being a full-strength spirit. The sweetness coming both from the slowly distilled alcohol and the use of fresh apples and rosehip. The balancing tang comes from the gooseberry and galangal. Like all good gins, there is a hint of citrus.

Afterwards: Citrus afternotes, almost orange in flavour, are provided by the lemongrass and fresh pink grapefruit.

 
 

Juniper

You can’t have gin without junipers! Our juniper berries come from Duchally Country Estate and the local area. ‘Nose’ a juniper berry and you’ll find that wonderful piney aroma so closely associated with gin.

 
 

Coriander

After juniper, coriander is the most common botanical in gin and is plucked from Duchally Country Estate’s botanical garden. A lovely burst of citrusy spice travels through the palette.

 
 

Sweet Red Apples

Deliciously sweet and crispy, our red apples give Gatehouse Gin its zippy but sweet flavour. An orchard planted in the grounds of Duchally Country Estate will provide the apples for future distillations.

 
 

Raisins

Gin and raisins have long been associated as a folk remedy for arthritis. We can’t claim that the raisins in our gin will help with that, but they do bring a little sweet something to the flavour party.

 
 

Lemongrass

The citrus afternotes come in part from the lemongrass.

 
 

Sumac

Made from dried berries, sumac is an under-rated spice. Used as a condiment in Iran, it brings a twist of the exotic to Gatehouse Gin.

 
 

Rosehip

The fruit of the rose, rosehip’s contribution to Gatehouse Gin is sweetness.

 
 

Gooseberry

Scottish gooseberries add a slight tanginess to the gin, which when paired with the red sweet apples provides the gin’s signature sweet and refreshing hit to the palette.

 
 

Other Botanicals

Other flavourful botanicals include pink grapefruit, milk thistle, galangal and fresh lemongrass, creating our wonderfully unique gin.

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