Responsible for the crazy ideas.
A chartered process engineer with a passion for gin and beer. Studying towards becoming a Dr in beer and gin, he is the mastermind behind all things technical and innovative.
The Common Sense
Responsible for all the frilly ideas.
A lover of all things ‘gin’ with an honours degree in hospitality & tourism. A creative but practical approach to overseeing all fun sides of the distillery!
2 May 2002 to 18 July 2016
Our beautiful wee George was a huge part of our family life as well as our Dunnet Bay Distillery journey. He was involved from the very beginning when he sat beside us as we experimented in our garage, he kept an eye on the building progress, watched as we learned how to use the bottling and labelling equipment for the first time and grinned proudly when we came home with awards! After the school drop off he would come to work and once he had done his morning tour to say ‘hello’ to everyone he’d settle down to snore (loudly) in his basket. Sadly the time came when we had to say goodbye but his memory lives on in our gin and vodka and his lovely photo looks down on us as we distil.
And Our Fabulous Team
We couldn’t do what we do without our fabulous (camera-shy) team working alongside us!
We have 5 Production Wizards who help us out and keep us sane: Claire’s mum – Margaret (her bottles are wax sealed at an angle), Martin’s dad – Rab (his wax seals are bang on straight), Carol, Libby and Sarah. Sarah does a good job of multi-tasking and has also taken on the onerous role of keeping our books right.
Before we require our Production Wizards we need the expertise of our very clever gardener, Dr Hanna, who can be found growing weird and wonderful things in the geodome she built at the distillery.
Once our spirits have been distilled, bottled, sealed and signed they leave our distillery and travel the length and breadth of the country as well as hopping overseas to Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan. We rely on the lovely Laura to help spread the word at various events and she does a fabulous tour of our wee distillery, when she’s not busy bottling!
Elizabeth – Our Copper Still
Our precious botanicals are carefully picked and prepared before Elizabeth, our traditional copper pot still, works her magic; the vapours pass over the basket where our botanicals will impart their wonderful flavours creating the delicious taste that is Rock Rose gin.
Martin will cast his watchful eye over the whole process, using only the heart of the distillation and discarding the heads and tails, to perfect the finest taste for our spirits. We carefully hand fill and wax seal every bottle, before it is numbered and signed at the distillery. Great care is taken throughout the whole process to ensure only the very best will leave our wee distillery in Dunnet!
We are very fortunate to live in the most northerly county of mainland Scotland. It is a beautiful place, with wide-open space, lovely beaches and a stunning coastline.
Nature at its most striking.
The Stacks of Duncansby
A sweeping arc of golden sand
The highest peak in Caithness, a Graham, at 706m high
A spectacular staircase of 365 cliff-face steps, up which hauls of fish were carried by women in 19th century.
The tiny pier where HM Queen Elizabeth and family landed in 1955 to visit the Queen Mother at the Castle of Mey
Dwarick Pier, Dunnet
A hidden treasure
The Peedie Sanie, Dunnet
A beautiful winter's day.
Dunnet Bay Distillers Awards
Dunnet Bay Distillers In The Press
- Dunnet Bay Distillery Launches a Limited Edition (Scotland Food & Drink, 21 Jan 2016)
- A Chat with Dunnet Bay Distillery (Eat Scottish, 29 Nov 2015)
- Rock Rose leads Scots accolades (Scottish Local Retailer, 20 Aug 2015)
- Meet the founder of Rock Rose Gin (Just Entrepreneurs, 11 Aug 2015)
- Dunnet Bay Distillery opens its doors for tours (John O Groat Journal and Caithness Courrier, 26 July 2015)
- Update from Dunnet Bay Distillers (North Highland Regeneration Fund , 23 June 2015)
- Rock Rose gin from Britain’s most northern distillery (Food Manufacture, 11 Sept 2014)
- ‘Most northerly’ gin distillery completed at Dunnet (BBC , 14 Aug 2014)
- New Caithness gin micro-distillery fires up for first test batches (Daily Record, 14 Aug 2014)
- Gin set to flow from new Caithness micro distillery (Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 13 Aug 2014)
- New Caithness distillery just the tonic for 2014 (Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 31 Dec 2016)
- Gin and tonic, anyone? The startups raising a glass to the gin renaissance (The Guardian)
- Dunnet Bay Distillers Ltd (Caithness Business Index)