If you are like most of us here at Whisky Merchant, you are always on the lookout for new and unique spirits! Now, new doesn’t always have to be newly released, maybe just one you have never come across before. Wild Thyme Spirits may fall into that category for a lot of you. They produce Colonsay Gin from all the way up in the Hebrides!
Wild Thyme was founded by Finlay and Eileen Geekie, who packed up their busy lives in Oxfordshire, and ventured north to start their new lives as spirit makers in The Hebrides! Their love of gin, creating a sustainable future, and desire to build on the island community all played into the creation of the new life adventure they set out on! Wild Thyme is a small batch distillery that moved their gin production to the Island of Colonsay after previously working with Strathearn Distillery. They believed it was about time they brought production back to the gin’s namesake! As displayed on the label and in the name, Wild Thyme Spirits is rooted in Celtic spirit folklore. In particular, it is said they are protected by Alva, a red-haired maiden who graces their gin label.
Their gin is crafted using local botanicals after the husband and wife team were granted access to the historic Colonsay House to source a variety of botanicals. The 7 botanicals that made the final cut include juniper, angelica root, calamus root, liquorice root, orange peel, orris root and coriander seeds. The spirit is then created in a 100 litre copper still and bottled in only 160 bottle batches at 48% ABV. Wild Thyme’s process creates a wonderfully smooth and refreshingly light sip that is bound to delight gin drinkers everywhere! If that’s not enough convincing, they have also taken home a silver medal at the Gin Masters competition for the Ultra Premium gin category.
Smooth and slightly sweet, as if kissed by the maiden herself, strong juniper notes then transport you to a pine-fresh walk through the magnificent woodlands of Colonsay House, before the flavour develops into a delicate balance of spice, peppery notes and lemon sherbet; the latter lingering, as clean and refreshing as a dip in the clear blue waters of Kiloran Bay.-Wild Thyme Spirits
So grab a bottle of Colonsay Gin for yourself just in time for summer!