When Andy Amphlett, one of BSBI's County Recorders for Banffshire, got in touch last year to tell us about his latest botanical survey, it didn't initially seem like anything particularly out of the ordinary. Andy goes out regularly recording wildflowers for BSBI's next plant distribution atlas, Atlas 2020.
But this survey was a bit different: Andy found 305 native species growing within a 5km radius of Speyside Distillery in the foothills of the Cairngorms and he told the distillery what he'd found.
Fast forward to the end of 2017 and the 'Byron's Gin' range was launched, with two new gins from Speyside Distillery which use some of the botanicals found by Andy:
- Melancholy Thistle includes Sweet vernal-grass, Scots Pine, Rowan, Downy Birch and Aspen - which all grow in the Distillery Gardens or environs - with added Juniper.
- Bird Cherry includes Lemon-scented Fern, Lady's-bedstraw, Rowan, Wild Thyme and Blaeberry - which also grow in the Distillery Gardens or environs - with added Juniper.
Byron's Gin has now become the official gin of the BSBI and for every bottle sold, Speyside Distillery will be making a contribution to help fund BSBI's training programme to support our next generation of botanists.
Find out more about Byron's Gin...
Here's what Speyside Distillery said about Byron's Gin in December 2017:
Here's how the trade press reported the launch: