Badvo Distillery has launched a branded gin in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.
Helen Stewart (pictured above) has worked with the university to create 1451 – named after the year the institution was founded. It is being launched in time for the summer graduations 2019.
Stewart, who is an English literature and linguistics graduate, initially spent two years developing the gin recipe, gaining grant money, and converting disused farm buildings before launching Badvo last year.
She said: “I have been so lucky to have had great support from the University of Glasgow when I began setting up my business. I am delighted to now be back and working with the university to create a great Scottish gin for a great Scottish institution. As long as I love distilling this is what I will be doing.”
Matthew Williams, General Manager at the university’s retail arm, said: “We had first thought about creating our own whisky. But when I came across Helen and learned about her story it felt right, especially as Scottish gin has seen such a resurgence in recent years.”
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “At the University of Glasgow, we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our alumni who have left us to work as leaders in their fields. We are delighted to see this product being create for the University by one of our former Arts students. I want to congratulate everyone involved in the creation of 1451.”
The gin is distilled with 100% hand-foraged botanicals from the Perthshire hill farm which has been in Ms Stewart’s family since 1599. The gin is predominantly sweet apple with a wild mint finish.