Whilst this sounds like the typical opening to an episode of Grand Designs the reason I’m writing this is because they took their love of gin with them and founded the Wild Thyme Spirits distillery.
The gin has already made an impact on the market, winning 2017 New York International Spirits Competition Silver Medal and the Global Gin Masters Silver Medal, which brings me onto the most important part – how does it taste?
SilverFox Tasting Notes
Like walking hand in hand with Alva along the breezy beach of Colonsay island, a warm kiss from the Juniper lips of Alva is both strong and silky smooth. The fresh sea breeze brings earthy notes from the pine trees of the island and gently refreshes your faces with cool sea spray.
Colonsay Gin Tasting Notes
Nose: Strong and Juniper lead
Palate: Oily Juniper with hints of earthiness
Finish: Sweet citrus
Average Price: £32.08
Fox’s Rating: 7/10
The strength of the gin makes it it a good choice for cocktails and mixed drinks, though the earthiness might not work so well in some sweeter cocktails. As a classic G&T it is strikingly refreshing, but also deceptively strong - it can catch up with you. Due to it's small batch nature it is a rather pricey bottle of gin to buy at £32.08 for a 50cl bottle (which at the time of writing is the largest available) compared to the industry standard 70cl, but if you are a fan of strong, earthy gin then this is certainly worth adding to your collection, just beware of the Brownies coming to visit.
Colonsay Gin is available to buy here.
It's also worth noting that a Gin Lover's Retreat stay can be booked on Colonsay Island for those who really want to get the full experience.