Rock Rose Gin

Flavourful and fresh, zesty yet berryful with a long smooth finish.

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.

After fifty five experiments by Martin & Claire the final recipe was chosen to give a wee taste of Caithness and the very first batch was distilled on the 17th August 2014.

41.5% Alc Vol. - 700ml


44 in stock

(77 customer reviews)
700ml bottle of Rock Rose Gin Original Edition with botanicals illustrations

Rock Rose Gin

Flavourful and fresh, zesty yet berryful with a long smooth finish.

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.

After fifty five experiments by Martin & Claire the final recipe was chosen to give a wee taste of Caithness and the very first batch was distilled on the 17th August 2014.

41.5% Alc Vol. - 700ml


44 in stock

(77 customer reviews)

Rock Rose Gin


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Rock Rose Gin

Tasting Notes


A delicate bouquet of rose, mixed with deeper cardamom and a touch of citrus.


Fruity berries merge with a floral nose to give a full-bodied, rounded gin. Bright notes ping as the juniper comes forward.


The sharpness of the sea buckthorn emerges, but once again is rounded off by berries and a juniper heart. Smooth sherbet lemon notes create a lingering finish.

Rock Rose is one of the finest Gins I have had the privilege of tasting, easily challenging the more established marques. Definitely worthy of the awards and recognition it has already received. Thank you for the experience…

Keith Byrom

Rock Rose Gin


San Francisco World Spirits Competition Bronze Medal label Top Award at Great Taste Awards 2015 label Scotland Food And Drink Excellence Awards label Best Product Award Runner Up label The Spirits Business Silver Medal IWSC 2016 Silver Packaging Award IWSC Silver Gin & Tonic Award IWSC Silver Gin Award Rock Rose Gin Navy Strength 5 Star Diffords Guide Gold Grocer Drink Award Gin label ISW International Spirit Award Gold 2021 logo

Rock Rose 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 fifteen times more than an orange! We, however, use the berries for their taste – gorgeously fruity yet crisp.

  • Rhodiola rosea

    Rhodiola rosea is a plant that thrives in colder climes making it ideal for the fresh breezes of Caithness. We use the root of the plant which adds a delicate floral note to our gin. 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.

  • 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.

Rock Rose Gin

Perfect Serve

Rock Rose Gin Perfect Serve in a coupe glass


  • Pour 50ml Rock Rose Gin into one of our beautiful gin glasses and top with 100ml tonic.
  • Toast a sprig of rosemary to use as a garnish.
  • Claire's

  • In one of our gorgeous gin glasses add 25ml Rock Rose Gin and around 75ml tonic.
  • Garnish with a curl of orange to bring out the sweeter notes!

Rock Rose Gin


  1. I ordered the Rock Rose Gin as a Fathers Day gift, having delighted my own taste buds with it some 6 years past (note to self, order for self!)

    Having placed the order in good time, I asked if it would be possible to delay the shipping until a closer time so it didn’t arrive too early.

    I received a charming email, stating that yes, they would not post out till the Tuesday prior, and would also leave a note on the box ‘Do Not Open Till Fathers Day’

    Absolutely fantastic service, thank you so much. My only regret is not seeing his face as he samples for the first time!


  2. I have ordered the Rock Rose Navy Strength an the Summer Edition. Both have arrived very fast by our friends in London. Now we have to wait till the weekend for the bottles come to Luxemburg. We know already the Navy strength and like it very much. Curious about the Summer Edition. In 2018 we visited your distillery and we have been the 1 luxemburgish to sign into your guestbook.
    Greetings from Luxemburg

    Dominique Bollinger

  3. Love this gin! Aromatic, a subtle sweetness, the perfect tang, yummy. Appreciated the sustainable packaging and quick delivery service too, thank you!


  4. This has to be one of *the* best premium gins… if you only have one in your cabinet, I’d suggest this one. There are so many ways you can serve it but we love it as a perfect serve with a slice of fresh orange.


  5. This is one of my favourite ever gins Lovely clean crisp taste that never disappoints

    Linda Mason



  7. Rock Rose Gin never fails to delight! Always a hit with everyone I share it with too.


  8. The Mrs says this is the best gin she has ever tasted, which is a bit like Alan Wicker saying this is the best place he has ever been to
    I have to say I ordered it too be delivered to Merseyside after visiting Dunnet head on the motorbike and the package nearly beat me home.
    Great service

    Stu Shepherd

  9. We bought a package of products to send to family after a recent holiday and I was impressed by both the price and speed of delivery into England.
    We visited the distillery a few years ago on a trip to the Orkneys and had the tour. The Rock Rose taste was very good and we took a couple of bottles back with us (I’m normally a whisky drinker!) and we enjoyed it, so it was easy to send something we enjoyed to family as a thank-you.

    Paul Summerlin

  10. Excellent service, arrived the next day as a special gift for friends, thankyou.

    Angela Simpson

  11. the nicest gin i have ever drank. loved the tour and learning about the origins of the business but the gin is out of this world- my new favourite gin!


  12. I bought a bottle of Rock Rose gin on the ferry coming back from Orkney. Excellent. Nice and light… and far preferable to Gordons, which I might never drink again now! I have been to the gin fair in Northern Ireland several times. Fantastic events. Can we have one in Caithness please? I bought of bottle of the liquid gold there too. You are right next door to one of the best hotels in the country. I am sure they would support.

    Tina Irving

  13. Hi Ron, refill pouches are available for everybody to purchase! You will see the pouches on our online shop on each individual product page 🙂

    Claire Murray

  14. Several repeat orders for your gin which we enjoy.
    Sad that you can only buy refills through the” club”. This will put us off accumulating more bottles.

    Ron Stead

  15. This is the 5th time I have used Dunnet Bay for a special gift for friends and family. I have also purchased the gin and glass combo, which my friend was delighted with.
    Always received with compliments and excellent feedback on how delicious the brand is.
    Also such a pretty bottle that can be used again. I have my used my old bottles both indoors and in our garden.
    Delighted to have introduced my friends and family to this lovely Scottish gin.
    5⭐️ for sure.
    Lesley Merriman.


  16. My husband loves your Gin we purchased when we visited
    I’ve bought more on line for his birthday
    Good service and delivery

    Lisa Charmley

  17. Rock Rose Original.
    Still the best and our 1st choice

    George Macpherson

  18. Super Gin! Delicious, my new favourite and, if I can bear to share, will be given as Christmas presents to my favourite people.


  19. Best gin on the market by far! I actually credit Rock Rose as being the one that converted me to a fully fledged gin drinker. Love it!

    Alan Macmillan

  20. Rock Rose is my favourite (and not just because I come from Caithness!). The botanical flavour is unbeatable and the bottle itself is easily identified in any bar.

    Elise Kelly

  21. Rock Rose is one of my favourite gins. I have used Dunnet Bay Distillers delivery service on a few occasions and the service has been faultless each time. The recipient was delighted with this beautiful gin. Not only the fabulous taste but the bottle is so aesthetically pleasing too. The delivery was shipped out quickly. Excellent communication via email. Thank you again for a 5 star service

    Rhona Reid

  22. I love that gin!


  23. Excellent Gin purchased a bottle over a year ago when doing the NC500, bought this as a present for my son who loves the bottle but has yet to taste the gin, only took 4 days from my purchase online to delivery and very prompt service.

    Jacqueline Harper

  24. Tasted the citrus rock rose for the first time with craft gin club. It has now become my all time favourite gin and I can”t recommend it enough. The premium Scottish gin is now a very close second. The rest of the range is on my Christmas list and I look forward to trying them very soon .

    Caroline Stevenson

  25. Great product, excellent service, both at the Distillery and on line,highly recommend.

    David Pressler

  26. Easy to order from and the best gin I’ve ever had!

    Hiten Shah

  27. It was easy to make the order, and it arrived quickly, well packaged. Have yet to give the bottle of Rock Rose gin to the recipient, hence the rating of 4 stars. Recipient is a gin lover, so am hoping this bottle will be a new experience.

    Barbara Scott

  28. Just ordered my refill for Rock Rose gin. I have been a fan since the beginning and I have one of the first produced, it’s hidden well so it does not get drunk.
    We are off to Thurso in November. If your open we will pop in. I need a gin glass.:)


  29. I have received my much anticipated smoked orange Rock Rose gin and it is now my absolute favourite ! The smoky finish you get at the end is not overpowering and the orange is very subtle. Put the two together and you have a beautiful flavoursome gin which is perfect for Autumn nights. Well done…another cracker !

    Ruth Swanson

  30. Purchased two bottles of Rock Rose Gin to give as gifts. Would be nice to have each bottle boxed separately as easier to pack for sending as gifts. The gin is lovely. Thank You.

    Mairead Venkiteswaran

  31. I first discovered Rock Rose Gin several years ago on the ferry from Calais to Dover. Since then it has been my all-time favorite gin. I drink it neat and chill it in the freezer. I have many other gins on the shelf but my bottle of Rock Rose always disappears first! Thank goodness for the refill packs, and thank you Martin and Claire!

    Sharona Tsubota

  32. Beautifully crisp, clean gin. Dry without leaving that waxy mouthfeel like, say a Bombay sapphire, would.

    Rose rock is a good sipping gin, it doesn’t need to be in a mixed drink to be the star of the show.

    Claire Thompson

  33. Simply the best, better than all the rest with a slice of orange.Hits all the notes.

    George Macpherson

  34. Another firm favourite in the house, very smooth flavour when tonic is added, or equally as good just with ice. The bottle is emptying quickly so I will be ordering a refill shortly, thanks DBD for making your wonderful gins.

    Pauline Allison

  35. Love this gin had a bottle of the first batch and have been enjoying it since.

    Carole McKellar

  36. After a visit last year and bringing home a bottle of Rock Rose, we ordered another bottle. Clean and crisp taste, it brings back wonderful memories of our time in Scotland. Thanks DBD 🙂


  37. 5 stars for the gin, 5 more for the closed loop packaging, and another 5 for the customer service. The gin first: the aroma is of grain spirit, spice and juniper. On the palate, it’s dry but not bone dry: there’s a lovely warmth in the mid palate from the coriander, some zingy citrus top notes, and then a super juniper berry hit which manages to be both subtle and powerful at the same time. I particularly love it with mediterranean-style tonic and lime, by the way – although the recommended serves are also great. The closed loop packaging is genius – tip your pouch into your bottle once it’s empty, and post the pouch back to the distillery, no stamp needed. The ordering and delivery process (which I’ve been through several times now) are hassle-free and rapid respectively. Finally, knowing this part of the world as I do, there’s an added pleasure from each drink, which comes from supporting an environmentally responsible business in an area where employment is desperately needed. Slàinte mhath!


  38. I am signed up to the subscription box. The gin tastes amazing and I can change the selection each month. I love the close loop pouches to help reduce waste which is really important to me and the added extras each month are amazing. The costumer service is beyond excellent. Cannot recommend this more. Thank you so much


  39. We visited the brewery today in Dunnet and had a tasting experience. It was incredible from start to finish. Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff. Can’t wait to try all of the different flavours. The host was a credit to your distillery and the gin tasting experience has started our holiday around the NC500 brilliantly.

    Phil Teah-Smith

  40. I was gifted this gin over the Xmas period. I followed the recommended perfect serve (lots of ice, tonic, and a curl of orange with a sprig of rosemary). It was absolutely stunning. I loved the crisp clean taste with a subtle citrus flavour. Perfect!


  41. In August 2020 through Craft Gin Club I was introduced to Rock Rose Gin, wow‼️What a fabulous discovery, I now have 7 of their Gins in my collection, my favourite is definitely Citrous Coastal Edition created for CGC, closely followed by Spring Edition, And the Grapefruit Old Tom.
    I have joined the monthly refill pouch Club with Rock Rose and it’s fabulous.
    In spite of having 46 Craft Gins in my overall collection now Rock Rose are definitely my favourite Distillery ❤️.

    Karen Ward-Batty

  42. I’m a big gin lover, and from the look and feel of the bottle and the description, this exceeds expectations! Lovely floral smell with a sweet but subtle berry taste. Goes fab with the tonic, but I personally love it with a lemonade too! Would highly recommend and will definitely be stocking up.


  43. The scottish botanicals definitely deliver!!! What a flavour! Great gin and my favourite way is to pair it with some cinnamon cassia and a slice of orange for a perfect festive tipple. Merry christmas to all gin fanatics!!!


  44. Outstanding product – after purchasing this gin as gift for my mother at the Royal Highland Show, it has become a firm family favourite. Highly recommended to all gin lovers!!!


  45. Love this gin! Light, refreshing and zesty. This will always be my favourite and go to gin.

    Victoria Ellis

  46. Rock rose gin – wow!!!! So delicious! Officially my favourite now!!! I received a lovely little sample bottle of rock rose gin and had it this evening with a little sprig of rosemary and some orange peel! Complimented it amazingly! So fresh and tasty. Definitely recommending this to my fellow gin loving friends! Thank you!


  47. New favourite gin! I’ve worked in a bar for five years and I have tasted a lot of gins! This gin is so smooth and packed full of flavour. A really rounded flavour yet still fresh and zesty. Pairs nicely with a meal just like a good wine! I love the bottle and you can tell a lot of love and care goes in to this product.


  48. This gin is so smooth and refreshing! My ‘go to’ drink is usually gin and I can honestly say Rock Rose is one of the best I’ve had! I know what I’ll be drinking over Christmas!!!


  49. Oh my, this gin is delicious, wonderfully refreshing. I cannot recommend it enough. Plus, the bottle is beautiful- one to proudly have on display. 10/10


  50. Absolutely LOVE this gin! It’s super refreshing and the taste and smell is incredible. The bottle is so luxury and perfect for a Gift or a cheeky treat for yourself! Would highly recommend, support this business.


  51. Love love love this gin! It’s really sweet and refreshing! Gorgeous bottle, really impressed and can’t wait to buy a full size bottle! I think I’ve found a new favourite!


  52. Absolutely love this Gin! Always like trying new gins, but this is definitely a new favourite! Really refreshing taste.. would highly recommend!


  53. I can honestly say this is the nicest gin I have ever tasted. I find other high end gins still have quite a harshness to their taste however this Rock Rose Gin is very subtle and you can really taste the fragrant botanicals. This will definitely be my new go to Gin from now on.


  54. Wow! What a delicious gin, Was kindly gifted a miniature and mixed it along with Franklin & sons tonic water.
    So refreshing and has a nice sharp kick to it.
    Hadn’t heard of this brand before, but will definitely consider purchasing in the future


  55. Another level of gin! So glad I discovered this brand – after years of the same old bog standard gins, this one really exceeded expectations. Love the cardamom and citrus notes, and even better is the fact that it comes from a family distillery, you can really tell the difference!


  56. Highly recommended this to any gin lovers. Very refreshing and moorish, perfect for a relaxing night in


  57. Amazing gin! One of the nicest ones I’ve ever tasted! Extremely refreshing and a perfect gift! Thank you!!!


  58. By far one of my favourite gins. Tastes absolutely beautiful and such a lovely treat for a Christmassy Saturday night.


  59. Such a refreshing gin. I got all of the flavours listed and the bottles are so lovely and unique. Really enjoyed drinking this, thank you Rock Rose


  60. I received this fabulous Rock Rose Gin and I am completely blown away it’s amazing and most definitely my new favourite and go to. I enjoyed it so much I’ve ordered some for my family on Xmas day as I know they’ll all love it too. I love that it’s a Scottish gin!!


  61. Fruity, flowery and fresh! This gin is absolutely delicious I can’t believe I’ve not had it before. Feel compelled to leave a review it’s so nice. This will be a constant in the cupboard from now on!


  62. I’ve tried the RockRose Gin for the first time and it’s safe to say I’m hooked! I’m absolutely thrilled with how fresh it is.
    I’m not usually a fan of plain gin but it’s so naturally fruity and botanical it goes down an absolute treat. Will definitely be my number 1 from now on.


  63. As a gin lover I’m absolutely obsessed with this gin! It tastes amazing and will definitely be enjoying this over the Christmas period. Highly recommend! Cheers!


  64. This has got to be the most delicate and refreshing gin I have ever tasted. Thank you for sending me the Rock Rose gin sample to taste, I could have easily drank a whole bottle on my own if you had sent that 🙂 It actually arrived on time for the start of my Christmas holidays.
    I love the cute little bottle and its colours. I think its pretty unique. It definitely shows how much thought and work you guys are putting into your business. You’re doing a fantastic job.


  65. I am a gin lover and this is one of my favourites! It’s such a delicate floral flavour with a smooth finish, I normally drink my gins neat, which is why I think getting a good gin is really important because it’s not hidden by the taste of the tonic. This gin is really easy to drink and tastes lovely with or without mixer.


  66. A beautifully smooth, refreshing a clean tasting gin. Definitely my new favourite. Tastes so much more natural than other big brand gins. Independent every time! 🙂

    Kara Gibson

  67. Such a smooth gin. Tastes really natural and fresh. Absolutely adore it.


  68. Highly recommend this Gin, bottled beautifully and a perfect gift for anyone. So happy I had in time for Christmas, definitely at the top of my list for next year. It is super fresh!


  69. I absolutely adore this Gin. It is so delicious, I could drink it every day and never get bored. It is very refreshing on the palate, full bodied and well rounded. This would make the perfect gift for Xmas. I always support local businesses and you can tell that each bottle has been made with love. Thanks guys.


  70. What a breath of fresh Scottish air! With so many artificially flavoured and cheaply made gins on the market now days its hard to cut through to find the good stuff, but you can stop the search here! This gin doesn’t need lashings of tonic to enjoy, it’s sophisticated with beautiful subtle flavours and is so smooth. I love the branding of the bottle, I’m going to put a twisted candle in it once I’ve finished with it… Which won’t take long! Thanks so much for producing something so honest!


  71. Original Edition…..Probably the best gin in the World

    Fiona Duncan

  72. Fantastic Gin and without a doubt out favourite. The Sloe Gin is outstanding too. No other gin is required, just go for Rock Rose. Our visit to the distillery is imminent!


  73. This is my all time fav gin ! I love them all spring is the one I love the most ! Lovely on a spring evening amazing aroma great with a sprig of rosemary fresh from the garden and Mediterranean tonic

    Tina Coyle

  74. Matthew Rouse, just a quick note to say not only do my wife and I love all your various Gins first brought at Tatton Flower show 2019.,but also the excellent service we received recently when delivery was a bit of a problem due to the remoteness of where we live. Needless to say all ended well ,and we will not hesitate to order again. It’s just difficult to pick a favorate. Oh well it will have to be one of each
    Thanks again
    Matthew and Emma


  75. Great Gin to have….drank whole bottle myself whilst thinking of heathers and deers! Sublime when alone looking through the window seeing dreary England as was wishing to be in far north at this time of the yearning heathers bloom….

    Bryn Williams

  76. I was fortunate enough to meet Martin and Claire while supporting a friend on his run from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I was also lucky enough to get an unplanned tour of a ‘not quite finished’ but still impressive distillery, hosted by Martin.

    Rock Rose is one of the finest Gin’s I have had the privilege of tasting, easily challenging the more established marques. Definitely worthy of the awards and recognition it has already received.

    Thank you for the experience…

    Keith Byrom

  77. I bought a bottle of rock rose gin whilst on holiday.And its lovely my husband and I both love it and will definitely be ordering another bottle once our bottle is empty. We would definitely recommend this gin and it is a lovely bottle too.yours truly pat & Brian rouse.

    Mrs p rouse

  78. This gin has the absolute wow factor. I ordered two bottles at Christmas 2014 while visiting rellies in UK. We wanted one to bring back with us to Australia and the other was a pressie for a friend in UK. However, we just don’t seem to be able to part with that second bottle and it is sitting in my Mum’s house, waiting for our return visit at Christmas 2015! Lucky us, we can enjoy this wonderful gin across two continents!! Not only do we love the gin but we also love the labelling. Everything about it is just fab!!

    Phyllis Pettitt

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