Brand new gin showcases Castle of Mey’s Royal Spirit
A gin made with herbs gathered from around the walls of the Castle of Mey has been launched by a brand inspired by HRH Prince Charles.
The launch of the gin marks a major milestone for ‘Mey Selections’ which was established in 2005 with the support of His Royal Highness. Named after the beloved Highland home of Prince Charles’ grandmother, HRH the Queen Mother, the award-winning range was created as part of a charity initiative to help surrounding communities by supporting the local food and drink industry.
The Mey Selections Traditional Scottish Gin, newly bottled in stunning dark blue glass, is made at Dunnet Bay distillery in Caithness, the home of Rock Rose gin. Along with all the botanicals used in their famous Rock Rose recipe, the Mey Selections Gin contains three additional herbs: sweet cicely which grows beside hedgerows around the castle, applemint which grows locally in forest areas and bog myrtle which is sourced from around the walls of the castle itself.
All Mey Selections produce originates from artisan producers within 150 miles of the Castle of Mey. From his childhood onwards His Royal Highness spent many happy days at the castle, inspiring him to contribute something of lasting local value. The first bottle of each gin will be sent to HRH Prince Charles and a percentage of the revenue from sales is reinvested in supporting the Highland food industry. The Mey Selections range is managed and retailed by Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd.
Martin Murray, founder of Dunnet Bay Distillers told Revealing Gin, “The gin we have created for Mey Selections contains our award-winning blend of 18 botanicals but also three herbs which grow close to the Castle of Mey. Applemint gives a slightly sweeter flavour than other mints and grows in the local forests. Sweet cicely, gathered from the hedgerow, has a gentle aniseed flavour, whilst the bog myrtle from the walls of the castle itself lend a herbal, menthol flavour. It is a great gin for a gin and tonic with a slice of orange or grapefruit peel.”
The gin costs £40 and can be purchased at selected retailers and via Loch Fyne Oysters.