North-east brewers to unveil strongest gin in world at festival

A North-east distillery has created the world’s strongest gin.

Twin River Distillery, in Royal Deeside, developed its new Naked Gin “Uncut” edition, with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 77%.

It has an initial run of 101 bottles and will go on sale at Gin: North East (GIN:NE) in Inverurie Town Hall this week.

Ryan Rhodes, brand ambassador for Twin River, said: “When our head distiller, Liam Pennycook tasted the uncut spirit straight from the still, he decided it was too good not to share.

“By developing Uncut, we really wanted to push the boundaries – but obviously ask people to enjoy it sensibly. You have to appreciate that most gins are 40-50% ABV so care must be taken when drinking this spirit and a small amount definitely goes a long way.

“To enjoy the punchy flavour profile, it’s best to sip it over ice with a twist of lemon.

“Our first edition Naked Gin has a strong undertone of juniper which many of our customers love; the fact we make it from scratch in our distillery gives it that extra feeling of provenance that a craft gin should have.”

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Commenting on the first taste of Uncut, Peter Sim, founder of Aberdeen and Inverurie Gin Club, said: “On the nose there is a creamy nutty scent, almost buttery from their in-house neutral spirit made from barley.

“The alcohol has power, but I still get heavy juniper and a sweet spiciness.”

Last year a 76% gin was created from a small Swedish distillery which was thought to be the world’s strongest gin.

The launch of Uncut comes after the distillery unveiled its Dee Gin at the opening ceremony of this year’s fishing season on the River Dee earlier this month.

It was developed as part of the River Dee Trust’s fundraising drive.

GIN:NE will feature a host of brands with attendees able to meet the distillers behind the gins.

Other North-east food and drInk suppliers will also feature, including craft beer and a cocktail circus.

The inaugural event runs today and tomorrow at Inverurie Town Hall.

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