Rutland Square Gin made in the city centre is the world’s first Oolong-tea infused chai.
It is named after the location of the Indian Consulate in Edinburgh and the premium craft spirit draws inspiration from the east. It includes a blend of 14 botanicals including Oolong white tea. This gives the gin a sweet and unique taste.
Founder Nishant Sharma has revived his great-grandfather’s business set up in the 1940s in north-east India. Tej Ram was an entrepreneur in the field of gin and whisky distillation in Dibrugarh, Assam, the city known for producing white tea.
Nishant Sharma, said: “I’m so proud to be bringing this product to market nationally and eventually, internationally. It’s a product close to my heart which honours my Great Grandfather, Tej’s legacy and pays homage to his past, our present and travel.
“We use the finest botanicals in our gin, sourced carefully and sustainably from across the world, the purest Scottish water and most importantly, tea from Dibrugarh; the very city where my Great Grandfather started his distilling business all those years ago. It is a story that starts in India and travels across the globe to Scotland, mixing two cultures to create a delicious and memorable flavour you won’t forget!
“Perfect for sipping and savouring, our Chai Spiced Gin is the first spirit in our portfolio so keep your eyes peeled for our other exciting releases from Rutland Square Gin coming out later this year.”
The whole-leaf Oolong white tea used in Rutland Square Gin is sourced from a single estate in Assam and has a rich floral aroma with a rich yet clean and fresh liquor. The gin also includes fresh juniper, cubeb peppers, caraway seeds, angelica and vetiver root, cardamon and star-anise with notes of liquorice, lemon and orange peel and ginger. The royal gold and white packaging and stout bottling of the gin spells out ultimate luxury and pure regalia.
Rutland Square Gin is currently being distilled at Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh city centre. Nishant has aspirations to set up a visitor centre and distillery in Scotland in the coming years.
Nose: Sharp and sweet, lightly spicy Caraway Seed, Juniper, pepper, floral Oolong notes
Taste: Sweet Oolong Tea followed by a mellow spice
Finish: Long and dry, with a twist of floral and nutty characters from the vetiver.