If you run a Christmas tree farm, you are often asked for loose foliage.  Mostly this is used for garlands and wreaths because of its fresh perfume. But Garrocher Tree farm in Ayr and Newton Stewart took an unusual request this year from the Crafty Distillery in Galloway.

Crafty Distillery prides itself on bringing fine spirits from grain to glass and word has it that they are working on a new gin – with notes of pine.

The Distillery itself is tight lipped as it’s not releasing the ingredients of the new spirit until the end of current taste tests but a spokesman said, “There are a lot of different ingredients go into making a quality spirit really distinctive. We mix scents and flavours which celebrate the natural resources of the south west coast of Scotland so it makes sense to include some of the most distinctive wild aromas of the region.”

Garrocher Tree Farm MD Mike Craig added, “It was a first for us.  The farm produces trees, wooden reindeer, wooden barrels and festive wreaths but I’ve never thought of myself as growing the basis for a local gin. I hope I qualify for a taster bottle. ”

Crafty distillery is inviting people to get involved with tasting and developing its products. Anyone interested should head over to their Facebook page for more information.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/craftydistillery/. And if you prefer your Christmas trees without tonic and a slice, fresh, local Christmas tree sales are ongoing at the Ayr and Newton Stewart Auction Marts seven days a week.