Distillers of Exceptional Spirits

Dunnet Bay Distillery – creator of the multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka – is a magical place. Using local, hand-foraged botanicals to create the Perfect Taste, the distillery produces handcrafted Scottish spirits that celebrate the heritage and provenance of Caithness.

Founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Martin and Claire Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillery is located in the wilderness of the far north of Scotland. The couple are passionate about handcrafting spirits that celebrate the heritage and provenance of Caithness, and pride themselves on using local, hand-foraged botanicals. They hand distil slowly, thoughtfully and passionately to create an exceptional product.

The distillery is most renowned for producing the multi-award-winning Rock Rose Gin, which features a carefully selected blend of local and traditional botanicals. These include juniper berries, rowan berries and sea buckthorn, and many of the botanicals are hand foraged from the local cliffs and forest. In fact, its name comes from one of these botanicals, the Rhodiola rosea (a rose in the rocks), which adds a delicate floral note to the gin.

The distillery also produces seasonal editions of Rock Rose Gin, a Navy Strength Rock Rose Gin (ABV 57%) and Holy Grass Vodka, along with special Limited Edition spirits released throughout the year.

The vodka features the unusual botanical Holy Grass (or Anthoxanthum nitens), once discovered on the banks of the nearby Thurso River by Robert Dick, a legendary botanist from Tullibody who lived in Thurso in the 1800s. A celebration of local produce and ingredients, the spirit is also infused with a carefully crafted vapour of Highland apples and apple juice, to complement the sweetness of the Holy Grass.

Martin and Claire Murray are proud to have received a plethora of awards for their spirits. Most recently, they won the prestigious Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year title at the Scottish Gin Awards 2019. Also in the Scottish Gin Awards 2019, Rock Rose Gin Winter Edition won GOLD in Distilled Gin of the Year and Rock Rose Gin Pink Grapefruit Old Tom won SILVER in Old Tom Gin of the Year. In September 2020, Martin was also named ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Director of the Year Awards.

Sustainability is at the heart of the business and last year they became the very first distillery to launch fully recyclable refill gin pouches for their collectable ceramic bottles that can be returned to the distillery for recycling via Royal Mail freepost. They have now launched the pouches across their full portfolio of spirits, as well as have unveiled a new ‘Refill Rewards Club’, a monthly subscription service of spirit pouches.

To find out more about Dunnet Bay Distillery and their products, visit their website. Also keep up to date with their latest happenings by following them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.