The bottle for this Caorunn Gin review was purchased by From the Gin Shelf. Opinions entirely that of the author.
The Scottish Highlands in a glass
Caorunn Gin is made using vapour infusion, with the world’s only working copper berry chamber, dating back to the 1920s.
How Caorunn Gin is made
rowan berry, bog myrtle, heather, coul blush apple and dandelion leaf, juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, cassia bark
How to serve Caorunn Gin
- Add plenty of ice to a highball glass
- Pour in 50ml of gin
- Add 50ml of premium tonic water
- Garnish with three slices of Pink Lady apple
On the nose Caorunn has a bright and aromatic aroma. I also get the faintest hint of apple. It’s hard to tell, however, if that’s because I know it’s in there, given it’s become synonymous with the gin.
What does Caorunn Gin taste like?
Adding tonic opens up the florals and it’s a crisp and fresh G&T. Caorunn recommend serving with slices of pink lady apple as their signature pour. I actually preferred it with a wedge of orange to bring out more citrus and a little sweetness to balance the bitterness of quinine from the tonic.
- BRANDING 81% 81%
- ORIGINALITY 86% 86%
- TASTE 70% 70%
Caorunn Gin is synonymous with Brand Scotland, possibly even more so than the likes of Hendrick’s, given the strong focus on its Celtic branding. Do I love it as much as I did when I first discovered it? Probably not, but I think that’s more to do with how my palate has changed over time. Caorunn is a classic; an iconic Scottish gin which, despite its age is a comparative elder statesman in the category. It’s a crisp, clean gin and the foraged botanicals really work in transporting you to Speyside. With its accessible price tag, it’s a great place to start for newcomers to the category. But it remains a must for any gin collection. Price: around £25, but varies due to special offers Where to buy: most UK supermarkets and various online retailers
What garnish goes with Caorunn Gin? Caorunn is served with pink lady apple slices. Where is Caorunn Gin made? Caorunn Gin is distilled in Speyside, Scotland, at Balmenach Distillery. What are the botanicals in Caorunn Gin? Caorunn Gin contains 11 botanicals. These are rowan berry, bog myrtle, heather, coul blush apple and dandelion leaf, juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root and cassia bark. How much does Caorunn Gin cost? Expect to pay between £20 – £30, depending on special offers available in supermarkets and online retailers.