Arthur and Hilary Miller established the Scilly Spirit Distillery on St Mary’s Island in the enchanting archipelago of the Isles of Scilly, the most south westerly point of the UK. The inspiration for the recipe of the gin was a shipwreck in 1665 around Bishop Rock. The survivors were rescued by bold crewmen in pilot gig boats and part of the rich cargo was pepper from Java. Pepper is one of the seven main botanicals in this bold, vibrant Island Gin. The bottle also pays homage to this history, the shape representing the Bishop Rock Lighthouse while the colour aims to capture the distinctive, vibrant aqua green waters of the island’s waters. The carefully selected, ethically sourced botanicals (juniper, cassia bark, oris root, peppercorns, kaffir lime leaves, dried orange peel and fennel seeds) are steeped for 48 hours to ensure that flavours and oils infuse the spirit. Once the gin is created, it is rested for another two weeks to meld flavours and create a smooth versatile gin.
Island Gin has a great balance of juniper, cardamom, a hint of orange, lime leaf and a warm familiar notes of cassia. The palate is full and rounded, with soft citrus and juniper on the fore, followed by layers of fennel, a fruity peppery note and subtle spice. The savoury notes of pepper and cardamom are balanced by a touch of sweetness from the orange and fennel. The finish is well balanced and the subtle citrus notes encourage you take another sip.