I am all about supporting small-batch distillers. I love listening to their stories of how often they are family-run businesses, and The Biggar Gin Co is no different. Started and owned by two brothers, Euan and Stuart McVicar, in the town of Biggar, South Lanarkshire in Scotland, they have a passion, ambition, and taste which is significant, although produced on a small scale.
The Clyde Valley Plum Recipe is an extraordinarily limited-edition gin. Using plums grown in the orchards of the Clyde Valley, Euan and Stuart knew that they would work perfectly when brought together with their Biggar Gin. While gin liqueurs are delicious, the brothers wanted this to be a gin with the delicate flavor of the plum shining through without adding additional flavors or sugar. The result is a beautiful rich gin with a delicious plummy taste. I served it in several different ways as I found it so versatile. Stuart (on the lovely handwritten note that came with the gin) suggested ginger ale which is one of my favorite mixers with gin right now. As he said, it paired exceptionally well. I added a sprig of basil with the first, which worked so well with the sweetness of the serve. Likewise, a sprig of rosemary in my second serve was delicious. I'm a big fan of fresh herbs in drinks. The third serve was with tonic water and a cinnamon stick. So refreshing, and the warmth of the cinnamon was a lovely addition to the sweetness of the plum. Of course, I had to try it in a Negroni. The beautiful pluminess (I don't think that is a proper word, but it works well as a description for me) with the bitterness of the Campari made the most delightful cocktail for sipping in the sun (that now seems to have disappeared). I loved this gin. When the weather gets warmer again, it will make a super summery drink with lots of ice, a Sicilian lemonade, and a sprig of mint. There are Biggar things to come for The Biggar Gin Company. Their branding is spot on (the bottle shape and label are so cool, not to mention their elegant greyhound featured on the bottle lid), their flavors are well thought out, and I love that they are produced in super small batches which makes them even more special—a great addition to any gin collection or home bar.