Distillery unveils ‘world’s strongest’ gin at 77% abvBy Nicola Carruthers
Scotland’s Twin River Distillery has created what is thought to be the world’s strongest gin – the Naked Gin Uncut Edition, bottled at 77% abv.
Located on the banks of the River Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Twin River Distillery has claimed the title from Swedish distillery Smögen, which launched 76% abv Strane Uncut Strength in 2015.
Naked Gin Uncut Edition, which has an initial run of 101 bottles, launched yesterday (8 February) at Gin Festival: North East, in Inverurie.
The Banchory-based distiller’s core product line includes Rhubarb Old Tom and Naked Gin.
Opened by the team behind Deeside Brewery, Twin Rivers is thought to be the first distillery in almost 200 years in the Scottish region.
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.”