Published: 02/02/2018 16:11 - Updated: 02/02/2018 15:57

Dunnet distillery plan growing own berries

JUNIPER grown on Dunnet Head could be used by the company which makes Rock Rose gin.

That possibility arose after Dunnet Bay Distillers – run by Martin and Claire Murray – entered into partnership with the Caithness Biodiversity Group.

They aim to produce juniper on land at Dunnet Head and use the berries in the award-winning gin.

But Mr Murray told the Caithness Courier the project could take 10 ,years to develop and stressed the quantities produced would be “very small” with the company would still have to import most of its juniper from Italy and Bulgaria.    

Cuttings of the plants growing locally have been sent to nurseries to be propagated with the aim of replenishing stocks at Dunnet Head – a project the Murrays are keen to support. Survey work has also been undertaken by the group.

“It would be nice to have a few bottles of Rock Rose gin that uses our own juniper but that is a few years off," said Mr Murray. 

The business, which employs 12 people full and part-time, was set up by the Murrays in 2014 and has from strength to strength in the past four years.    

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