SWI starts session tasting top-notch tipple

Tracey Muscroft sold the first ever bottles of Beinn an Tuirc Distillers' pink gin alongside distillery director Niall Macalister Hall.

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Southend SWI found a visit to the award winning Beinn an Tuirc Gin Distillery a perfect tonic.

Niall Macalister-Hall and head distiller, Su Black, welcomed the group to Torrisdale and outlined the gin production process including recipe development, distilling and bottling.

The women, at their first meeting of the new season, sampled a selection of the distillery’s gins and given a sneak preview of a new tea flavoured gin currently being developed.

The presentation also included advice on specialist tonics to use as gin mixers.

The distillery shop offered an opportunity to purchase the ‘fabulous’ gins sampled and some gin flavoured tablet and chocolate.

The institute members considered this a ‘very enjoyable aperitif’ before their meal at the Glen Restaurant in Carradale.

The institute’s next meeting will be on Monday November 5 in Dunaverty Hall, Southend, at 7.30pm and new members are invited to attend.

The speaker will be Linda Maclean of The Kintyre Larder. The competitions are:  Quiche made with local produce, a photograph of Kintyre in Autumn and a small bottle of fruit cordial.