Caorunn (pronounced ‘ka-roon’) Gin is pleased to announce that its new higher ABV gin, Caorunn Highland Strength, created specifically to enhance cocktails, is now available in the US (SRP, $40/750ml ).
Produced at Balmenach Distillery – a working whiskey distillery located in the Scottish Highlands – gin master Simon Buley crafted Caorunn Highland Strength at a bold 54% ABV (alcohol by volume) to amp up the local Scottish botanicals that set Caorunn apart. Original gin. “We find that with this higher ABV, the alcohol quickly evaporates in your mouth, leaving behind our beautiful botanical flavors that linger on your palate with a luxurious finish,” Buley explained.
This stronger version of Caorunn Gin utilizes Scotland’s unique natural resources by infusing five locally grown Celtic botanicals (Mountain Ash Berry, Bog Myrtle, Heather, Dandelion and Coul Blush Apple) with six traditional gin botanicals in the single chamber of copper berries in the world, creating a unique flavor that deserves to be savored.
Built in the 1920s, the Copper Berry Chamber was originally designed to extract essential oils to be used as a base for perfumes. Absolutely unique in gin production, the round chamber contains four large trays on which Gin Master Simon Buley spreads the botanicals. As the vapor passes through the trays, it captures the flavors of each botanical in a long, slow process. When it cools and becomes liquid again, now gin, the botanical flavors are firmly anchored in the mind.
The new Highland Strength enhances the dry, crisp taste of Caorunn to create a peppery, fruity and herbal gin with a strong juniper character and fresh mint aroma. This more potent ABV gin, designed to enhance cocktails, allows the bold taste of Caorunn to continue stronger and last, ensuring a more prominent drink with a wider range of dilutions and therefore flavor profiles.
Since its inception in 2019 for the UK market, Caorunn Highland Strength has racked up prestigious award after award, including double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge, as well as an “Extraordinary Ultimate Recommendation at 96 points in the Ultimate Spirit Challenge.
Enjoy Caorunn Highland Strength in your perfect C&T (Caorunn & Tonic) with premium Indian tonic water built on ice and topped with red apple slices and twisted orange oil on the surface. For those looking for something a little more complex, consider mixing a Pale Highland Negroni, Highland-Side or a Highland Blush C&T:
Pale Highland Negroni
1 oz. Caorunn Highland Force
1 oz. Dry vermouth
1 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
Method: Build in a mixing glass, stir until cool and diluted. Pour into a cocktail glass.
Garnish: Lemon zest
2oz. Caorunn Highland Force
1/2 oz. squeezed apple juice
1/4 oz. lime juice
1/8 tsp Sugar Syrup
Method: Briefly crush the mint and sugar in a shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice and shake until cool before straining twice in a coupette. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Highland Blush C&T
2oz. Caorunn Highland Force
5 oz. Indian Tonic Water
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Method: Build up the ingredients over ice in a tall glass.
Garnish: Sliced red apples
Caorunn Gin is exclusively imported into the United States by Hotaling & Co, San Francisco, California.
About Caorunn Gin
Caorunn was launched in 2009 at the peak of the Scottish gin boom. Despite becoming one of the world’s most sought-after super premium gins, Gin Master Simon Buley has never deviated from Caorunn’s slow, artisanal, small-batch production process at the nearly-old Balmenach distillery. 200 years old, in the Scottish Highlands. This includes using locally harvested wild Highland plants and vaporizing through the distillery’s vintage copper berry chamber.
About Hotaling & Co.
Hotaling & Co., San Francisco’s leading distiller and importer, creates, curates and builds artisan brands of unparalleled character and quality. Hotaling & Co., originally named Anchor Distilling Company, was established in 1993 and is credited with launching America’s first craft whiskey (Old Potrero) and America’s first craft gin (Junipero Gin) after Prohibition. In 2010, Anchor Distilling Company was sold to a business partnership that included Tony Foglio and London’s oldest liquor merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd and began to expand to incorporate a collection of premium craft spirits imported from around the world. In 2017, Anchor Distilling became Hotaling & Co. The new name is a nod to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskeys (Old Potrero Hotaling’s Whiskey) and San Francisco legend AP Hotaling, who came to the West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the country’s most reputable liquor dealers. Today, Hotaling & Co. celebrates exciting growth and achievement; marking its 28th year of distillation and 11th year of business union of like-minded distillers from around the world to share passion and raise the bar.
Hotaling & Co.’s portfolio includes Luxardo Liqueurs & Cherries, Nikka Whisky, Junipero Gin, HINE Cognac, Convite Mezcal, Kavalan Whisky, Denizen Rum, HIRSCH Selected Whiskies, Writers’ Tears Whisky, Old Pulteney Whisky, Speyburn Whisky, Balblair Whisky, Arran Whisky, Caorunn Gin, Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, and more.
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