Scottish spirits maker Holyrood Distillery is paying homage to its home country’s rich whisky-making history with its new gin, Height Of Arrows.
The gin is inspired by the fact that whisky making requires, and therefore showcases, very few ingredients. Its stripped-back recipe features only juniper as a botanical, with the addition of beeswax and salt to add a whisky-like quality to its texture and embolden its flavour.
Height Of Arrows is named for Edinburgh landmark Arthur’s Seat, which the Holyrood Distillery sits beneath. The phrase is a literal translation of the mountain’s Gaelic name, Àrd-Na-Said; standing at 251m, its height was said to be the furthest distance an archer could fire a bow.
Nick Ravenhall, Holyrood Distillery’s master distiller, said: “In Height of Arrows, we have made a gin that is distilled from our DNA as whisky makers. In whisky making we work with simplicity: barley, water and yeast. We’ve taken this same mind set to Height of Arrows and created a complex gin born from juniper alone taking centre stage.
“Our hope is that gin fans will be thrilled to explore a new direction in modern gin; one that elevates today’s gin drinking experience.”
Holyrood Distillery says it takes inspiration from Edinburgh’s identity, landscapes and its brewing and distilling heritage to create it products. It also boasts its own outdoor bar, at which Edinburgh locals and visitors were able to sample the new gin before its official launch.
Height Of Arrows is currently available to buy at Hard to Find Whisky (£34.95 for a 70cl bottle) and will also be available from Holyrood Distillery’s website from late September 2021.