Drinks company’s spirited performance

The Gin Bothy is based at Peel Farm, near Kirriemuir.

The Gin Bothy is based at Peel Farm, near Kirriemuir.

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Start-up drinks brand Gin Bothy has taken a top award at this year’s Scottish Rural Awards.

Founded just two years ago by Angus entrepreneur Kim Cameron the brand took final place in the Artisan Drinks category.

Gin Bothy was recognised for the first time at the awards Awards because of its craftsmanship and contribution to the rural economy.

More than 200 nominations encompassing every aspect of rural life, from aquaculture to agriculture, tourism and food and drink from across Scotland were considered.

Kim said that much of Gin Bothy’s success comes from remaining true to the traditions of bothy life founder of the brand.

She said: “The small team based in Angus hand-craft, hand-bottle and hand-label each batch of gin at Peel Farm, Kirriemiuir. This is a seasonal business with roots planted firmly in the local environment.

“It’s informed by the landscape. Our fruit is sourced less than five miles away and the botanicals and grain spirit come from Glamis, just seven miles along the road.”

The spring and summer production calendar for Gin Bothy begins with raspberry and blueberry gins moving into rhubarb and chilli, which is made with Fife-grown capsicums.

Kim added: “Our brand speaks of tradition, but it’s a modern premium product. We’re aimed at the gin fan who wants to build their collection, but not in the supermarket aisle.”