THE WALLED GARDEN at Gordon Castle is taking its most famous product to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh this week.
A special limited edition of the Estate’s award-winning botanical gin is being unveiled at the show – the home-grown plums used to create just 150 bottles of Gordon Castle Plum Gin Liqueur.
The special edition gin liqueur is set to become a major attraction on the 13th Avenue Arcade at the show – but is just one several brands from the Moray estate including their botanical gin, raspberry gin liqueur and apple & pear cider.
Angus Gordon Lennox said that visitors will learn history and heritage is at the very heart of the Gordon Castle story: “The plums that make this liqueur truly unique were developed at Gordon Castle over a century ago when my forbears owned the Estate.
“I remember as a boy spending the summer months playing in our garden surrounded by 250 espaliered fruit trees and so the fact that we can still produce enough plums to make this limited edition gin liqueur is a credit to the dedicated gardeners who have cared for the land for centuries.”
The Walled Garden is one of the largest in the UK and has been an ongoing project for Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara, who began the renovation of the garden five years ago when all that remained of the former Victorian garden was fruit trees and a grassy field.
Now, the eight-acre garden is a multi-faceted project acting as both a working garden and a tourist attraction. For the former, the lavender and peppermint botanicals are grown on-site and once ready, carefully picked, blended and patiently distilled to tease out the unique floral notes.
For the latter, the attraction encompasses the café that practices a plant, pick, plate ethos; the natural children’s play area and the seasonally adaptive landscape, all of which are open to enjoy daily.
Local fans of the output from the garden can purchase the Gordon Castle Plum Gin Liqueur for £29.99 by visiting the estate, purchasing online or at any Gordon & MacPhail retail outlets.