New boutique gin distilleries seem to spring up around the UK on an almost daily basis, so it came as no surprise to discover yet another while carrying out a How To Spend It assignment on the Isle of Man. But the recently established Fynoderee (the name relates to an ancient Manx folk tale) struck me as being a bit different because it has set out to create gins that are flavoured according to the seasons.
Founded by lawyer Paul Kerruish, his marketeer wife Tiffany and former Masons and Tanqueray master distiller Gerard Macluskey, Fynoderee Manx Dry Gin launched late last year with an inaugural Winter edition that established its intent to use only island-grown botanicals with the inclusion of 15 ingredients such as sloes, blackberries and elderberries. A Spring edition came next (containing, among other things, gorse flowers, verbena and mint), followed by the strawberry-infused summer version.
As of this week, Fynoderee’s new Autumn number (£36 for a 70cl bottle) becomes available. A harvest-inspired creation, it combines the zing of Manx-grown apples and wild crab apples with local plums and rosehips for a touch of fragrant sweetness, while rowan berries provide a slightly earthy undertone – all of which make this a gin that’s better served with a garnish of apple, blackberry or (perhaps) cucumber than the more predictable slice of lemon or lime.
As with Fynoderee’s other products, the Autumn edition is supplied in an attractive apothecary-style bottle adorned with a beautifully illustrated label depicting some of the flora that have gone into it, together with an image of the fynoderee, a mythical half-man, half-goat creature that’s central to the aforementioned folk tale. But that, as they say, is another story...