Gordon Ramsay to release inaugural ginBy Alice Brooker
Acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay has partnered with Scottish producer Eden Mill to unveil his first gin as part of a new range.
The first release in the Six Rivers gin series is Six Rivers: Eden Gin, which is said to be inspired by the ‘unique flavours of Fife’ in Scotland. It named after the River Eden which flows past the Eden Mill distillery near St Andrews, Scotland.
“The team at Eden Mill have an innovative approach to the art of distilling, it has been a joy to work with them and I really respect their passion for their craft,” said Ramsay.
“We set out to create a narrative from the area around the distillery, to forage ingredients and develop flavours that told a story.”
The gin is infused with botanicals including honeyberry – ‘a new Scottish superberry’. According to the co-founder of Eden Mill, Paul Miller, it is “the first time the honeyberry has ever been used in a gin of this scale before”.
The expression also includes mara seaweed harvested in Crail, Fife.
In December 2020, Ramsay demonstrated an interest in the drinks industry with the creation of his first hard seltzer – Hell’s Seltzer.
On the subject of the Eden Mill collaboration, the British chef added: “I’m very proud of the range of products we’ve produced. With the beautiful native ingredients and stunning bottles I can’t wait for everyone to have a drink on me.”
The gin is bottled in sustainable glass, using 18% less than the industry standard, according to Eden Mill.
Miller said: “It has been an honour to work closely with Gordon to create the Six Rivers collection. His knowledge and understanding of flavour is incomparable, and it has been a real joy bringing our teams together to create a collection of drinks so reflective and personal to his character, tastes and passions.
“We are particularly proud to work with the ingredients from the landscape of our home. The larder of Fife is one of edible gold, and we’re delighted to be supporting an ecosystem of small independent producers within 15 miles of our climate positive distillery to gather outstanding ingredients.”
Miller recommends the 40.6% ABV gin to be served with premium tonic water and citrus garnish.
A limited, small batch of Six Rivers: Eden Gin will be available to purchase from select retailers from October 2021, for an RRP of £29 (US$40.23) per 700ml bottling.
The range will be distributed to the off-trade by Glen Turner.
Earlier this month, Eden Mill revamped its gin range with an updated bottle design and nine new gins.