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Caorunn Small Batch Gin

(70cl, 41.8%)

Caorunn Small Batch Gin

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Caorunn Gin Bottling Note

A small batch Scottish gin from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside. Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon), made with a combination of traditional and handpicked botanicals including rowan berry, heather, coul blush apple and dandelion.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Floral at first, with notes of heather and citrus blossom. Juniper takes shape as it develops.

Palate: Orange oil, rosemary and a subtle sweetness of heather honey.

Finish: Drying juniper and leafy herbs. A pinch of peppery rye lingers.

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Caorunn Small Batch Gin Reviews

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Great best gin I have ever tasted
Nothing comes close

10th October 2020

Nothing a bit flavour would not fix

This is a very very smooth gin. Love it straight on the rocks. But for all the aromatics that are listed as being in it, well I don’t know where. Just a pleasant slight sweetness.

14th August 2020

Overpriced, overrated swill.

Massively overrated, and overpriced. The botanicals are almost absent in the mouth (and only fleetingly present on the nose). This tastes like a mass produced vodka that has been left to sit near some juniper berries. Yet another modern gin, which is all style over substance. I very much enjoy some of the modern styles of gin, but this is not one of them. Save your money and buy a good gin, or alternatively buy some ethanol and a (very) few juniper berries and dilute with 60-70% water to achieve the same result as this apology for gin.

17th July 2020


Just received a bottle of Caorunn as a gift. Lovely bottle and flavour to match! Love gin and this will be new fave

6th June 2020

Lovely gin

Love the apple sweetness in this gin, great with tonic. Will definitely add this to my list of favourite gins

23rd February 2019

Great gin

Love it. Especially with fever tree and pink grapefruit

17th November 2018

A change from bland gins

I liked it. Refreshing and a bit different

22nd October 2018

Very good gin

Lovely gin! Will definitely buy more.

20th October 2018

Tasteless gin

We brought a bottle of this it's description sounded interesting. Not sure if there was an issue with this batch as I could not detect a single botanical and it tasted of cheap neat vodka and burnt my throat. Then when mixed with fever tree there was still no taste or hint of any of the botanicals. I have sampled many premium gins and this was the most disappointing.

2nd September 2018

Witchy Brew

Much like its Speyside cousins, I expected a 'sweeter' tasting gin from Caorunn. Alone, the drink sips smoothly and bright, the essence of bitter orange peel and orris is perfect with the tango of heather and juniper in the finish. Adding tonic, or just a squeeze of lime, lightens the gin very similar to the Scottish style palate. Less ABV means I can indulge in 3 or 4 instead of 2.
Making this a dirty martini using Kalamata olives would be delicious. Or cocktails, I'd add a cranberry shrub or just your average cranberry/tonic. Key limes, while expensive, do give it the right touch.

17th July 2018

My summary is a put some flavour in your gin x

Totally bland gin my son payed 30 quid for this and he could of got a better bottle from Aldi for a tenner

3rd July 2018


Very distinct taste. Love at first taste.

7th March 2018

Awesome.. Best gin I have found

Bought 7 different bottles of Gin over Christmas and this was bar far the favourite... And to top top it off, went to Tesco yesterday and found they had priced it incorrectly at £11.00 !!! I cleared the shelf

1st February 2018

The gin to drink

The only gin I will drink, so glad to discover this.. Thanks Gin God....

21st January 2018

Nice, but too subtle.

It's very mild. Personally, I prefer the flavors in gin, and especially juniper, to be turned up to 11. This is a gin turned down low so as not to bother the neighbors. The flavor's there, and it's really quite nice, centered on juniper but with some nice complexity and a bit of fruitiness around the edges... but if you aren't paying attention it'll just slide right by as kind of a faint juniperish impression.

24th December 2017


Such a delicious gin, perfect with tonic and a bit of green apple garnish, goes down very smoothly!

27th August 2017


This is my new favourite - it is really smooth and with the apple slightly sweet but truly delicious

26th August 2017


My favorite by far!

6th June 2017

Best gin

Just the best!
Fantastic with fevertree elderflower tonic!

14th April 2017

Delicious, smooth, individual

My son George bought me this for my birthday and he clearly knows a thing or two about gin! This is delicious, smooth and individual gin, with several subtle different flavours. Thanks very much !

1st March 2017

Wow, so, so good!

An excellent gin!
Crisp on its own but comes to life when mixed with fever tree elderflower tonic with a slice of lemon.

21st February 2017



24th January 2017

Smooth and subtle

This is quite a smooth and subtle gin - one of my two favourite gins currently for Martinis. A bit more interesting than the Beefeater or Bombay Dry version, but less intense than the one with Tanqueray No 10, which I go for when I need a more intense Martini. Excellent addition to any bar in my opinion!

11th July 2016


I have come to gin late in life and to date have loved the vapour infused ones but this is just amazing. Absolutely love it. It's on a whole new level it really is. Subtle and delicious.

4th July 2016


This thing has almost no nose, very little palate. Interesting long finish, sweet.

22nd April 2016

start at the be'gin'ing !!!

''Amazing '' What more can one say , started with a miniature from our holiday in Scotland and now we are still on an adventure with this Gin. Surpasses any other by miles !!! looking forward too the next bottle of Caorunn from our local Fine Wine Importers at Oakdene Ulnes Walton . ps working on some jams and marmalades with a Scottish Twist .

11th March 2016


One of the smoothest gins I have tasted with a superb blend of aromatics ensuring that there is no single note that dominates. Definitely one to seek out.

29th December 2015

Wonderful - from a gin convert

I've never been a great gin lover before but since I've tried Caorunn I'm hooked! It is so refreshing to start with. The taste comes through beautifully. I love the smell too. So aromatic

31st August 2015

Superb and fantastic gin.

Great taste full and very smooth gin.

28th July 2015

Converted from Hendricks :)

A friend gave me a bottle of Caorunn for my birthday - I had not heard of it (surprising, as I'm a gin fanatic). I was blown away - smooth, beautifully aromatic. The mix of botanicals is inspired. Can't do the apple thing - I'm a purist lime girl, but I have tried it with cucumber and loved it nearly as much. No going back for me now. When will it appear in Sainsbury's?!

12th May 2015

Excellent gin-Tim S (New York)

Not overly strong on the botanicals to my taste buds but that is not a bad thing. Interesting mix of flavors that are excellent for straight sipping or in a G and T. Took first in a blind gin tasting I attended- (with every person scoring!) even with some hardliners "I only drink ****** and *******". Hard to find but definitely worth the trip. Long finish, not overly dry (pucker) but pleasant as it lingers.
Side note: didn't care for the apple but I am more of a purist with my Gin and Tonic

24th March 2015


tried this exellent gin for the ist time last night with lemon lime and splash of tonic what a fantastic experiance

14th December 2014

nice drop

it gets better as it develops, light and refreshing to start then the flavours start to come through

14th August 2014


Hadn't really liked gin much (Gordon's) but then I tried this. It is excellent on its own or with tonic and a slice of apple. We have offered it to friends and it has been a resounding success. Triples all round!

26th June 2014


Received a bottle for fathers day! Sipping it now without the recommended red apple, for a traditional slice of lime. Its an intense flavour that lasts and tastes expensive; lots of fruit flavour anyway and not aromatic in a 'pink' way.

20th June 2014


Excellent gin, with very distinctive taste. Will certainly buy again.

5th March 2014

Spectacular and slightly different gin, able to sip straight

The smoothness of this gin is without the sharp edge of most normal gins, and turned out to be a wildly successful gin at a party we brought this to (folks who had never had it were very complimentary of the gin and if it were available in the States I would have sold several cases right there). The gentle mix of botanicals works well in a post-Hendricks environment, where people are used to something a little different.

Nose: Still with the medicinal alcohol patch/resinous character of gins, but somewhat muted. Slight blueberry/blackberry (the rowan berry flavor I've never tried alone) appears and disappears. Lemon peel.

Palate: Less sharp at initial taste than most gins. Very smooth, very moreish. The herbals mix well, though muted, as though tasting a soft woven carpet of heathery greenery.

Finish: Long finish for a gin, returning to the traditional juniper-y "medicinal alcohol patch". Slight burn at the tail.

Overall: Best gin I've had in forever, but different flavor profile than typical gins. [Why must it be out of stock when I'm looking to buy it? Argh!]

29th December 2010

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