Theodore is a new Scottish gin powered by the spirit of the Picts, an ancient tribe that once settled near the brand’s home in Ardross, Northern Highlands. Presented in a bespoke bottle and carton decorated with original illustrations, the gin is launching in the UK in February 2019 and is the first release from Greenwood Distillers.
The first edition of Theodore Gin has been created with guidance from olfactory expert and perfume designer, Barnabé Fillion.
16 botanicals including pine, Damask rose, pomelo and bourbon vetiver have been distilled in a multi-stage process using an old charentais still alongside a rotovap to extract the best flavours and aromas from each.
The result is a distinctive gin that offers top notes of citric pomelo and crisp pine needles that evoke the scent of fresh grass. Honey, Damask rose and oolong tea present a floral heart, while both fresh and dried ginger bring woody warmth and spice. Base notes of bourbon vetiver add a smoky aroma with hints of vanilla.
Following the limited edition batch released in February 2019, Theodore Gin will be the first spirit produced at the new Ardross Distillery. Set in a remote and picturesque location on a 50-acre site deep in the Scottish Highlands, the distillery will be housed within the ruins of a 19th century farmhouse following a £15 million renovation. Production will be overseen by Andrew Rankin, a traditionally trained Master Blender and operational veteran of the Scotch whisky business.
POWERED BY THE PICTS
Not much is known for sure about the Picts, but that sense of mystery has inspired the creation of Theodore Gin. The tribe is alleged to have travelled from as far as Scythia and Scandinavia to settle in the Scottish Highlands during the late Iron Age and early medieval periods.
WHO IS THEODORE?
The only traces of this tribe, famed for their craftsmanship, are echoed in the art, engravings and forgotten fortresses of Scotland
Theodore de Bry was a 16th century engraver who powerfully brought the Picts to life through his art. Inspired by his drawings, Theodore Gin followed in his footsteps by commissioning their own Pictish illustrations from Carlotta Saracco.
Founder, Barthelemy Brosseau, says; “We have collaborated with an eclectic team of individuals who are pushing boundaries in their respective fields to create something special. Theodore pays tribute to the Picts with a bold and characterful gin that embodies the Pictish spirit. It is for anyone who is looking to whet a curious appetite.”