It’s been cold of late and Molly dog and I are often to be found trampling through frosted fields and generally scaring poor old ladies out walking their poodles.
Today was no different, except that this time in my pocket I had a small reviver – one of the first samples of Lost Loch Distillery’s new eeNoo gin, along with a tin cup and a bottle of Fever-Tree (never leave home without one).
We had hiked past the blue-rinse poodles and then further than the Labradors till we eventually came to the banks of the river Don. At last I was alone and whilst her wooliness barked at ducks I pull out the bottle of eeNoo.
Lost Loch Distillery is based out at Aboyne and is headed up by the wonderful, but eccentric, Peter and Richard. They already have Haroosh, a whisky liqueur, and the totally bonkers, but delicious, Murmichan Scottish absinthe. Now I had my hands on the eeNoo gin, just before its launch at GIN FESTIVAL : NORTH EAST.
Photo: Peter & Richard, Lost Loch Distillery
The label says ‘Always Time for Gin’ – how true so it is time to get out my trusty cup:
There is a distinct clean floral and fruity nose that reminds you of summer and this is not surprising with a botanical mix that includes brambles, raspberries and rosehips. The rosehip is inspired as it takes eeNoo down to an earthy level that is sweetened by the addition of honey and heather flowers. The brightness of the juniper is a novelty, its delicate and green and this comes from the use of Italian juniper.
A quick neat sip and the floral and juniper hits straight away. It is light and cleansing and sweet. Then the taste mellows to fruitiness and a warming spice finish that is long but does clean up after itself with a citrus burst – unlike Molly dog!
With tonic eeNoo turns into a quite light and refreshing gin – I am using light Fever-Tree and I think a twist of lemon would just make this honeyed gin the Bee’s Knees. Overall it is a traditional tasting small batch gin that is light, sweet, floral and fruity.
Now, to the name – eeNoo. I remembered talking with Peter months ago on the name and he explained that “You’ll have a gin, eenoo” – as in ‘just now, at the present time, in a short time, at once’. Now, Lost Loch have found the tale of the Inuit Mr. Eenoo and his very peculiar trip to Aberdeenshire. He was apparently an adventuring soul that canoed on the River Dee and then went whaling, leading the ship to Greenland and then onto Cumberland Sound. Mr. Eenoo died in 1847 and the label of eeNoo Gin pays tribute to his Inuit heritage.
I raise my cup to Peter, Richard and the indomitable spirit of Mr. Eenoo.
Then I drag Molly out of the river and give the ducks some peace.