Luckily it’s Gin and not Whisky that has run under the nickname of ‘Mothers’ Ruin’, because the famed Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray has come up with some whisky treats for Mothers’ Day this Sunday, 10th March.
The biggie is the satisfyingly chunky decanter bottle carrying the 12 year old Loch Fyne Liqueur, an in-house special [£36.30 including 20% VAT] described as less sweet than other liqueurs, ‘with a warming aroma of de-luxe Scotch whisky, spicy orange cake and a tiny whiff of log fires’.
Amongst what this renowned Scotch whisky specialist service also suggests as ‘lady-like offerings’ is indeed the a classic Mother’s Ruin – an unusual Gin – Caorunn – which they say: ‘sneaks past our Scotch-Whisky-only-rules because we firmly believe rules are made to be broken when it suits us, and this gin really suits us.’
It is also made at a Scotch whisky distillery [Balmenach] – a practice the innovative Islay distillery at Bruichladdich adopted with typical vigour and success.
Caorunn is described by Richard Joynson of Loch Fyne Whiskies who, on 11th April 2011, was made Master of the Quaich, the highest honour bestowed by the Scotch Whisky industry, as: ‘…without doubt one of the greatest gins I’ve tasted and the competition is strong. Despite having unique botanicals, entirely sourced in Scotland; Bog Myrtle, Rowan Berry, Heather, Coul Blush Apple and Dandelion it is still very much a gin smelling and gin tasting gin, ideal with tonic with a surprising finish that I have not noticed in gin before.’
Mr Joynson is refusing to disclose the meaning of the word ‘Caorunn’ – saying simply that you have to buy a bottle [£25.50 inc 20% VAT] to find that out.
The sneaky advantage of Mothers’ Day gifts of this kind is that they’ll be shared.