Hello everyone, here's a little bit on how myself (Kenneth) and Jamie got started on our distilling adventure.
In 2017, not long after the Loch Leven Brewery build had got underway, we got chatting and i briefly mentioned that I was interested in gin making and wouldn't it be nice make our own and sell it alongside their beers. A few moments later I found myself in a disused garage with agreeing to make it into a gin distillery - after all - it couldn't be that difficult to build a distillery, get it licensed and put gin in a bottle, right?
We are both so inspired by Loch Leven, an area of such significant beauty, that we named the distillery after it, with key aspects of our livery reflecting its heritage and nature from the castle itself becoming our crest to the trout fishing map and heraldry style text.
For those who don’t know, the loch sits in the heart of Scotland, it’s the biggest in the lowlands and was formed some 270 million years ago, and as you may have heard in relatively recent times, castle island played jailor to a young Mary Queen of Scots. Today, we enjoy stunning views, access to golfing, fishing and the yearly sight of thousands of winter fowl and plentiful trout in loch itself.
For over a year we have worked hard to create a boutique scale distillery, which as its centrepiece now features a beautiful (albeit small) glass and copper hybrid still to make consistently clean, smooth and flavour rich spirits.
In late 2018, we launched a small range of dry gins and from 2020 we'll be bottling more seasonal and interesting flavour infusions.
Both our bottle shape and artwork is borrowed from Loch Leven and it's history. I designed a monogram, re-drew an old fishing map of the loch and made the castle ruins themselves our brand. My aim is to deliver back a distillery and spirit range to be proud of, made right here in Kinross, in the heart of Scotland.
Kenneth J Campbell
Loch Leven Distillery