Scottish distillery launches ‘world’s strongest gin’

Twin River Distillery in Aberdeenshire has launched what it claims is the world’s strongest gin called ‘Uncut,’ bottled straight from the still.

The gin comes in at a rather potent 77% ABV, 1% stronger than Strane London Dry Gin, produced by a small Swedish distillery, which was thought to previously hold the title.

The distillery in Banchory has released a small batch of just 101 50cl bottles which will be launched at the Gin Festival: North East on 9 and 10 February at Thainstone House in Inverurie.

It could be argued that Bombay Sapphire unwittingly took the title last May when a batch of its gin, usually weighing in at 40% ABV, was recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency after it was found to have an alcohol content by volume of 77%.

Twin River Distillery was founded last year by the team behind Deeside Brewery and produces both gin and ultimately whisky. For its gin – it also makes a rhubarb Old Tom – it produces its own base spirit before adding in the botanicals.

Ryan Rhodes, brand ambassador for Twin River said: “By developing Uncut, we really wanted to push the boundaries – but obviously ask people to enjoy it sensibly.

“You have to appreciate that most gins are 40-50% ABV so care must be taken when drinking this spirit and a small amount definitely goes a long way.

“To enjoy the punchy flavour profile, it’s best to sip it over ice with a twist of lemon. Our first edition Naked Gin has a strong undertone of juniper which many of our customers love; the fact we make it from scratch in our distillery gives it that extra feeling of provenance that a craft gin should have”.

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