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A gift for the gin lover: Caorunn

December 22, 2011 | 10:49 am

PhotoThis is a small-batch gin with a haunting and intriguing flavor from Scotland's Balmenach distillery, which has been distilling malt whiskey since 1824. One of their distillers is a gin aficionado and developed this unique gin which combines traditional botanicals with five Celtic ones, including rowan berry, heather and bog myrtle. Bog myrtle!        

Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon) is delicious on the rocks and makes a mean martini, too. Guaranteed — nobody already has this in their liquor cabinet. And if on the off chance he or she does, no doubt a second bottle will be  happily accepted. 

As you can see from the photo, I’m working my way through a bottle pronto.

Caorunn gin, $26, at Woodland Hills Wine Shop and other locations.


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-- S. Irene Virbila


Photo: S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times