A new spirit range from Gin Bothy has launched today and has been selected by Aldi as one of its next top products – available in all Scottish stores by the spring.
Hipflask Sloe Bramble is a separate brand, with a sloe bramble liqueur and a golden spiced rum. A blended whisky product under the same name is due in 2022.
Based in Angus, Gin Bothy was founded in 2015 by Kim Cameron. Using traditional methods of production, every bottle is numbered, batched and poured by hand.
She said: “Hipflask Spirits launches today, but it’s been in the pipeline for years – the challenges of 2020 gave me a little bit of space for new projects that had been on the back burner but now had time to flourish.
“Throughout 2020 I was inspired by the way in which people found joy in the outdoors and in pursuits that nourished the soul.
“This helped drive forward the creation of the brand with the idea of Hipflask Spirts coming from a portable, lighter weight 20cl bottle that can be easily carried in an inside pocket or bag.”
Cameron added: “Over the past five years Gin Bothy has created 14 rural jobs and I am very proud that despite all 2020 threw at us, those 14 jobs are secure.
“The lion’s share of Gin Bothy positioning is done through events such as the Royal Highland Show – with all of those cancelled we had to rethink and make decisions quickly and effectively to ensure survival of our small, all female team.”
Gin Bothy has grown to become one of Scotland’s premium gin brands, producing 60,000 units last year.