How our Lunun Gin's are made: A step by step from our Expert Distillers
LUNUN GIN & THE PROCESS
At Lunun Gin, our team of expert distillers have perfected the art of gin distilling through years of experience. In this blog post, we'll show you how both our award winning signature Lunun Gin and our famous no nonsense Jamberry and Brambley's are made, from start to finish!
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. .
Lunun Gin was launched in October 2019 by Masterchef finalist Dean Banks. Inspired by a mix of Dean's Scottish heritage, travels across the globe and flavour combinations created within his kitchen at Haar Restaurant, in St. Andrews, our Signature Lunun Gin was born.
The process to making our Signature Lunun Gin begins in our distillery in Dean Banks' hometown of Arbroath, Angus. As you may have guessed the gin’s name is an adaptation of Dean's favourite beach in Angus ‘Lunan Bay’.
Lunun Gin differs to many other gins on the market through its unique distillation process. At Lunun Gin our expert distillers use a distillation process known as a One Fold or Single Shot Distillation process. This One Fold process is primarily avoided by other gin producers and distillers due to its extreme time consuming process, however this is an important step to giving our Signature Lunun Gin its unique smooth and balanced flavour.
To begin the one-shot distilling process we begin with making fermented sugar water. This fermented sugar water is made with Scottish water and sugar granules. The water is heated until the sugar crystals are dissolved then then distilled to produce a neutral spirit similar to that of vodka.
The next step is arguably the most important step - Transforming the neutral spirit into our Award Winning Lunun Gin! To start this transformation, the neutral spirit is steeped with botanicals. Similar to the process of steeping tea. To create the unique blend of Scottish and Asian flavours found in our signature Lunun Gin we use 6 key botanicals. The botanicals used are: Kaffir Lime Leaf, Sea Buckthorn, Sichuan Pepper, Kombu Kelp, Ginger and Lemongrass. After adding these botanicals to the neutral spirit it it is left to infuse with botanicals for a set period of time.
After the botanical process is complete we finally have a spirit that can be labelled as 'gin'. Due to the steeping process the alcohol level is too high to be enjoyed, so the next step is to bring the ABV volume down to the correct percentage. To do this we dilute the 'gin' with Scottish water until the gin reaches the the correct ABV Volume of 41%.
Finally, Lunun Gin is almost ready to go! The gin is then tested to make sure all percentages are correct. Once perfect, our Signature Lunun Gin is then hand bottled , packaged ready to be delivered straight to your door!
WHAT ABOUT OUR SWEETENED GINS?
Jamberry and Brambley differ to standard liquors on the market. Our sweetened gin is exactly like a liqueur. However we use 30% less sugar so technically we can not call it a ‘liqueur’. The natural sweetness comes from the fresh locally sourced fruit.
To begin making our sweetened gins we use the Award Winning Lunun Gin as a base to make our sweetened gins then we add our fresh fruit to sweeten things up!
To make Jamberry we add fresh Scottish strawberry juice, rhubarb, lemongrass & ginger for the perfect level of sweetness!
Our Brambley gin is made with fresh Scottish bramble juice, lime, ginger & cardamom. Brambley is the perfect choice for those who enjoy a true berry flavour. A seriously smooth taste that leaves a warm tingly feeling.
Our sweetened gins are so versatile and can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, tall or try adding a dash to your favourite Champagne or prosecco!
We hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at how Lunun Gin is distilled and the steps we take to make our Lunun Jamberry and Brambly. If you're interested in trying our gin for yourself, head over to our website and order a bottle today!
Don't forget to check out our other blogs on Lunun Gin where we have refreshing cocktail recipes perfect for summer and even more things gin.