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Rock Rose Gin - Navy StrengthRock Rose Gin

Top Award at Great Taste Awards 2015 Scotland Food And Drink Excellence Awards
Best Product Award Runner Up San Fransisco World Spirits Competition Bronze Medal
The Spirits Business Silver Medal The Spirits Business Silver Medal

A taste of Caithness...

Our first gin was distilled on the 17th of August 2014.

Rock Rose gin gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals. Each one meticulously chosen for their flavour properties to create the perfect taste.

The recipe was created by Martin and Claire and these are the only 2 people who know the recipe which took over 55 experiments in Dunnet to get right.


Juniper Berries

Juniper is the predominant botanical – otherwise it just wouldn’t be gin! We select our juniper from two different countries.  Both junipers are subjected to a vapour infusion process and the Bulgarian juniper gives lemon sherbert notes, whilst the Italian juniper gives a real warmth and depth to the flavour of the gin.

Rhodiola rosea

Locally we harvest Rhodiola rosea, perhaps more commonly known as rose root, which is a plant that grows in colder climes – ideal for the fresh breezes of Caithness.

Over a thousand years ago, the Vikings would harvest wild exposed cliffs to gather Rhodiola rosea. This was thought to give them the extra strength to continue on their long arduous journeys.

We use the root of the plant, which has the most wonderful rose aroma and adds a delicate floral note to our gin.

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn is a silvery leafed shrub that grows along the coastline and produces clusters of vibrant orange berry-like fruit, soft, juicy and rich in oils. The fruit is highly celebrated for its high vitamin C content, around 15 times more than an orange!

We, however, use the berries for their taste – gorgeously fruity yet crisp.

Rowan Berries

The deciduous tree, sometimes known as mountain ash, produces a brilliant red berry-like fruit. The tree is very much celebrated as a ‘hero’ in many mythology and folklore tales.

In Norse mythology the rowan was called the ‘Salvation of Thor’ as the Thunder God, Thor was once saved from drowning by a rowan branch. Incidentally our nearest town, Thurso, was named after Thor!

It has also been known as a ‘tree of protection’ and its position and branches used against witchcraft.

The tree is a hero for Rock Rose too as its gorgeous red fruit imparts a delicate flavour adding to the berryful taste!

Other Botanicals

Our other flavourful botanicals include blaeberries, cardamon, coriander seed and verbena to name but a few!


We DO NOT claim drinking Rock Rose gin will ward off colds, ghosts & ghoulies or give you added strength!!!

Rock Rose Gin in the Press