Our dream from the start was to create a gin that celebrated the beauty of our island home and the range of our botanical larder. We decided to enlist the skills of Master Distiller Rob Dorsett of Langley Distillery to help us achieve a premium quality gin with the island at its heart. Rob has over 40 year’s experience as a distiller and working with him to create Wild Island Botanic Gin was an education and a privilege. Our first two spirts are produced, by Rob, in a traditional copper pot still, McKay by name, which dates back to the 1860’s and is one of the oldest working in the UK. Langley, in the heart of the black country, has a heritage dating back to 1805 and is one of the country’s last surviving family owned distilleries.
In 2017 we added our first mini still to the Wild Island distillery and began experimenting with different botanicals. We created the first in our mini-series “Distiller’s Cut’ which was the first gin ever to be produced on Colonsay.
We have added to our range with a honey gin, using local Colonsay honey and a cask aged gin using old Islay whisky barrels.
Just a year later we added to our distilling capacity with a 250l still and got to work on perfecting our original ‘Distiller’s Cut’ recipe which proved so popular that we have added it to our permanent range in a 70cl bottle.