PuristGin

PURIST GIN BATCH #1 - ED SMITH

£38

🏆 Bronze Medal Winner - 'London Dry Gin of the Year' - Scottish Gin Awards 2020

Purist Gin has a light orange and cassia spice on the nose, which develops in the mouth to a more rounded classic juniper and coriander with yuzu peel flavours bursting through as it mellows out into a sweet orange aftertaste lingering briefly before the pallet is left refreshed. The distillery uses a single-shot process and almond powder to really mellow out the ethanol and bind it with rich botanicals to provide not only a smooth gin but a very light mouthfeel.

 

GIN DETAILS

Key Botanical(s): Yuzu, Juniper, Almond, Cassia
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.

 

GIN PRODUCTION

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Distillations, Angus, Scotland (Contract Distilled)
Released: July 2020

Although our bottle art changes with each batch, our ultra-smooth single-shot London dry gin made with yuzu, cranberry and Italian juniper never changes from its award-winning recipe.

 

ART DETAILS

Purist Gin Batch #1 showcases this beautiful winter scene from award-winning photographer Ed Smith.

Ed’s gallery in Kingussie, Eleven41, was awarded the Independent Gallery of the year in the Scottish Business Awards 2020.

We met Ed at the end of summer 2020 and discussed the possibility of featuring his photography for a winter-themed bottle. Ed unearthed this fantastic piece, and we immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the shot.
Glasgow-based founder Bruce Walker started his first business at age 13, and by 16 he had started making small batches of fruit compound gins with his mum. It’s great to see the gin bug kick in so early! After leaving school, he started working at an award-winning gin distillery near Callander, where he learned the ins and outs of the industry, as well as the flavours and processes that go into gin.


Bruce founded Purist Gin in 2020, started his own online store, developed his own recipe, built the website, sourced the bottles and designed the labels - makes it sound easy, right? All he needed was a contract distiller in Arbroath to get the gin in a bottle! This just goes to show that if you’re passionate about something and work hard, you can achieve anything.

Purist uses Italian juniper, Japanese yuzu, Chinese cassia, Turkish cinnamon as well as cranberries, to produce a really smooth, delicate gin. On first taste, the initial impression is the zestiness of the yuzu, but this is quickly cut through with cranberry adding a soft sweetness. The warmth of the cinnamon comes next, combining with a lasting impression of punchy spice from the juniper.



A really interesting element of Purist’s brand is its support for local artists, under the label ‘Purist Art’. Each batch has a unique label using artwork from a different artist, who is paid for each bottle of that batch sold. As well as providing a valuable platform for artists to showcase their work (particularly while social spaces and galleries remain subject to restrictions), they also get supported financially. This is a fantastic idea and so important in today’s uncertain climate, and we can’t wait to see the designs on future batches!

Tonight, I’ve served Purist with premium Indian tonic, dried grapefruit and fresh rosemary for a really crisp, flavourful G&T.

- Sophia @ginonthetyne

Purist Gin is a family affair and was launched in June 2020 by Bruce Walker with the mentorship of his parents. Bruce has always had an interest in business and started his first enterprise aged 13. By the time he was 16, he was making small batches of fruity compound gins with his mother. This piqued his interest in gin production and experimenting with different flavours. 

After leaving school, travelling and working in hospitality, Bruce found himself working at an award-winning distillery. This included learning the gin development process including the recipe and also the ins and outs of building a gin brand. After his time at the distillery came to an end, Bruce found himself in a sales role. While difficult, it taught him about selling, marketing and business life. This gave Bruce confidence to start his own venture.

After teaming up with a distiller in Arbroath, Bruce started offering a service to allow pubs, bars and restaurants to create their own gins. After a very promising start, the COVID-19 outbreak put paid to this so it was time to launch his own gin brand and Purist Gin was born! 

Purist Gin

With a quality over quantity approach, Bruce has carefully considered the botanicals and uses advanced distilling techniques to create Purist Gin. In total there are 7 botanicals which are sourced from around the world to create a sense of place and journey.

Juniper is obviously the most important botanical and having tested juniper from around the globe, Bruce decided to settle on Italian juniper as the best complement the other key botanicals. 

The next most important botanical is yuzu which is imported from Japan. Both sharp and sweet at the same time, yuzu is like a cross between lemon and grapefruit. The yuzu has a rich zest which brings through all the sweet notes without overpowering the flavour.

Cranberries are then combined with the yuzu to elevate the sweet notes while bringing a burst of berries to the liquid. Chinese cassia and Turkish cinnamon are then added to spice the nose ever so slightly.

The botanicals are combined with the purest Scottish mountain water from Glen Isla.

Serving Suggestions

We find Purist Gin so smooth that it can be sipped over ice. However, if enjoying as a G&T then we recommend over lots of ice with a double measure of the gin topped up with 100ml of a quality, classic tonic.

Our favourite garnish is a wedge of pink grapefruit but it works equally well with any citrus fruit.

 

Purist Art

Purist Gin was born with art in mind and when you purchase a bottle of Purist Gin you are also supporting independent artists.

Purist Art is an initiative that allows independent artists to design the a label for each batch of Purist Gin. The artist will receive a percentage of each bottle sale which provides them with a financial gain along with the exposure.  

The initiative is open to all creators including photographers, sculptors, painters and graphics designers etc. The label can be applied to either a black or a white bottle.

-Craft56 | Gin of the Month

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