A new micro distillery has opened its doors in Tayport, Fife, using locally sourced fruit and grain to produce Scotland’s first field to glass version of France’s famous eau de vie.
Already a hit with leading mixologists, Tay Spirit’s Never.25 infuses grain that is milled, mashed, fermented and triple-distilled in Fife before the region’s world-famous fruit is added to infuse the spirit. A fourth distillation then enhances flavour.
The 42 per cent proof naturally flavoured drink is available in raspberry, strawberry and apple flavours and is the brainchild of Kecia McDougall who was inspired by Fife’s food larder to create the unique Scottish spirit.
Using advice and mentoring from Business Gateway Fife, the distiller invested £120,000 to start the business, importing a bespoke 500 litre still from the Netherlands that has the capacity to produce up to 1000 bottles per month.
Through Business Gateway Fife, Kecia was introduced to the Innovation team within Scottish Enterprise; and utilising Expert Help assistance, an introduction to the team at The Gothenburg Experiment for marketing, branding and positioning advice. Having attended many of the Business Gateway Fife events also, Kecia has been developing her skills to make her vision come true.
Kecia McDougall said: “Because the gin market is now maturing, I wanted to make something different. With such high-quality grain and world-renowned fruit on my doorstep eau de vie seemed the natural fit.
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