ONE OF MORAY’S leading attractions has seen six of its products nominated for awards in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.
The family run Gordon Castle in Fochabers has been shortlisted for Best Drink Award and Best Eatery Awards – and also for innovation across its entire range.
Massive strides have been made at the Castle since the introduction of Gordon Castle Gin – and its accompanying range of Raspberry Gin, Apple and Pear Cider, Whisky Cask Cider and Ghillie’s Brew Scottish Ale, which have all been nominated.
The success of the brand is with the botanicals, herbs, barley and fruit used – all grown within the eight-acre walled garden on the estate.
Owner Angus Gordon Lennox said: “As with all of our products, history and heritage is at the heart of our story. The fruits and herbs that make these products 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 fruit to make our cider, gin and liqueur is superb.
“These nominations are a credit to the dedicated gardeners and the team who have helped – and continue to help – to make this possible.”
Winners will be announced on Friday, October 31 at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.