The recent collaboration of the Old Course Hotel and the local Darnley’s Gin allows you to enjoy the tastes of Scotland in this specially made gin.
Talking about the “Fearann, Mar” gin makes sense only in conjunction with the location where it was invented and produced. The name itself connects it with the area, it is “the Earth, the Sea” from the Gaelic, a nod to the location, where the land and sea meet. Considering that Old Course Hotel and distillery are located 10 miles apart, this collaboration was meant to happen someday. Both brands cherish the local nature with it using only natural botanicals and incorporating locally grown and foraged ingredients.
East Fife Coast on the outskirts of St Andrews is a home for Old Course Golf Hotel, giving a chance to enjoy stunning views across West Sands Beach and true Scottish essence. It’s worth coming here after a calm glam vacation with golf practice, beach walks, and fine dining, accompanied by luxury Scottish hospitality. The Wemyss family, Darnley’s Gin owner, has an extensive heritage in Fife and knows local flavours and specialties more than anyone. Both brands have done everything to create a gin that in every sip will remind you of the sea, sand and refreshing breeze characteristic of the East Coast.
The gin is produced in a former derelict farm cottage, which was turned into a distillery in 2010. Plants and flowers growing nearby add to the taste. Darnley’s is a great example of a local manufacturer that adheres to a sustainable method of doing business and producing products. Ingredients impossible to grow on the ground are bought from trusted sources around the world.
Darnley’s Gin is made in London dry style. British-grown grain spirit and botanicals steeped in the base spirit to extract the essential oils and flavours. The brand prides itself on not using artificial flavours, colours or sugar and is carefully bottled in sustainable bags that can be recycled.
“Fearann Mar” is made for Old Course Hotel guests with the addition of sea buckthorn, milk thistle and sugar kelp for a coastal finish, along with juniper, coriander seeds, angelica and marigold petals. The unique taste achieved due to this craftsmanship is available to experience exclusively in the hotel.
To give an idea of the gin, let’s say that by inhaling it you can catch refreshing sea salty breeze notes, pineapple and mango with a hint of herbal tea. You will feel a long finish of tropical fruits. This mix of tropical and salty flavours refreshes well in summer.
The Old Course Hotel’s expert mixologists created two cocktails based on this gin. “Out of the Rough” presents “Fearann Mar” Gin with lemon bitters, and “Add on to the Fairway” has an Italian touch of limoncello in the cocktail.
To discover more visit oldcoursehotel.co.uk and darnleysgin.com
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All imagery courtesy of Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and Darnley’s Gin.