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Getting Autumnal with Rock Rose | Gin Diaries

November 11, 2016

We all know I have this thing for gin. But sometimes on the cold nights of Autumn a G&T can feel a bit summery. Well.. That’s were Rock Rose Autumn Edition enters the room.

Rock Rose is a premium Scottish gin made by Dunnet Bay distillers, who happen to be the most northerly in Scotland. They pride themselves on using local botanicals foraged from the local area, which has led to them being multi award winners for their gin! Their seasonal gins have been quite wonderful, so I was excited for the Autumn Edition.


The Autumn edition of the gin (I have tried the Spring before) is all about the botanicals available in the season. The gin promised to be warming and spicy with berry undertones. This is because the distillery have lowered the citrus elements to allow the berries and spice to become more prominent. The berries are grown near the distillery, these include blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. These berries add a depth of flavour that I found really added warmth to this batch of gin.



Now the suggested garnish is actually basil, which admittedly does play to the spicier notes in this gin. But on a whim I decided to throw some blueberries in there, with some freshly ground black and pink peppercorns. Whilst it may have knocked some of the more subtle notes out of the way, this combination was delightfully warming. The berries really brought the richness of this gin out and made it feel even more autumnal. Tonic wise I just stuck to good old Fever Tree Indian here, with plenty of ice- this is a must.


Have you tried an autumnal G&T yet? What’s your favourite alternative to the usual winter tipples? Let us know in the comments,


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P.S. Post in collaboration with Rock Rose and Dunnet Bay Distillers. As ever all words, photos and opinions my own.


  • Reply Emily Coates November 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Autumn and gin? I’m there! Sounds delicious and I love the addition of blueberries x

    • Reply MissPond November 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Yup! Blueberries are such a fab addition to gin, I highly recommend 🙂

  • Reply Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed November 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I love the sound of an Autumn gin, one for me to try.

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

      It’s just stunning, a great offering from Rock Rose 🙂

  • Reply Becky November 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Sounds lovely – a new one on me I’m fond of a gin bramble cocktail in the winter which I reckon would be perfect with this gin

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

      It would be perfect in a bramble! I’ll have to make to test but I reckon it would be pretty good 🙂

  • Reply Erica Price November 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I’ve not come across this gin before, but I like the sound of the berry notes – I think that would appeal to me.

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It’s a lot sweeter than their past offerings. Well worth a try 🙂

  • Reply Vivian November 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Mmm I didn’t realise a seasonal gin even existed! Sounds like a great G&T

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:27 am

      It’s brilliant isn’t it?! Their winter one will be out next 🙂

  • Reply Angela November 11, 2016 at 11:54 am

    i’ve never heard of this brand. I’m not a gin drinker either but the name is interesting.

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

      The name comes from the mixture of the botanicals they use in their normal gin. They’re a fairly small independent, but you see them in a few pubs now!

  • Reply Karen Clough November 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I LOVE gin but I do neglect it a bit over the Winter months for the likes of Baileys and Prosecco. Love the sound of the berry flavours though. Perfect for the season

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Absolutely perfect for the season 🙂 you can’t beat a bit of prosecco though!

  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte November 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Ohh it does sound really good! I do need to branch out my gin selections and try some different brands!

    • Reply MissPond November 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Definitely do! There’s so many gin distilleries out there now. The smaller independents have some great stuff in production 🙂

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