Thought to be some of the very first settlers of Scotland, the Picts arrived on the eastern archipelago as mysterious body-painted warriors. Soon "Pictland" was home to a multitude of clans that would rule—however briefly—over the lands north of Hadrian's Wall. Today, traces of their adventures echo only in the poetry, engravings and forgotten fortresses of Scotland.
But through the fragrant aromas of Theodore the Pictish Gin, lost memories of the Painted People are now brought to life. Fragmentary reveries of their exploits add flavour as we distil and bottle, our choice of crisp and citric botanicals invoking an appropriately Pictish sense of adventure.
Theodore Gin represents a journey of curiosity, as we forge links between ancient legends and the world we live in today. Not much is known for sure about the Picts, but that sense of mystery only whets our thirst.
HoneyNatural floral & rich sweetness
CorianderLight, versatile & exotic
Citric PomeloAtypical & bright citric flavour
Bourbon VetiverElegant, strong & lightly smoky
Damask RosePrecious perfume ingredient
JuniperThe piney heart of gin
Pink PepperStimulating & spicy
AngelicaEarthy & bitter
ChamomileRaw & comforting flavour
Kaffir LimeSophisticated citric
GingerExplosive & warming complement
OrrisPowdery floral element
PineDistinctive Scottish flavour
LavenderGreen & aromatic
CardamomThe spice of the silk road
Oolong TeaSoft, floral with tannic undertones
Theodore is an elegantly aromatic Scottish gin, Inspired by the lost civilisation of the Picts, it’s an homage to a war-like tribe that once made its home amidst these ancient rocks and valleys.
In this first experimental batch of Theodore Gin, 16 botanicals, including pine, damask rose, pomelo and bourbon vetiver, have been distilled in a multi-stage process using an old charentais still alongside a rotovap to extract the best flavours and aromas from each distinct botanical.
Pomelo is distilled in old Charentais still at ‘feu nu’ to extract the elegant citric notes of the fruit. Ginger is double distilled again in Charentais in order to extract woody warmth and powdery spiciness. Honey and fresh pine needles are distilled under vacuum using a rotavapor to preserve the freshness of the botanicals. Coriander, juniper, pink pepper, chamomile, kaffir limes, orris, cardamom and lavender are distilled in classical London Dry style
After distillation and blending, we further infuse Theodore Gin with Oolong tea, which gives it a green-grassy astringency that adds layers of complexity as well as balancing the natural sweetness of the gin, as well as giving the liquid a pale straw colour.
This intricate and delicate elixir is the product of a perfumer and two master distillers, one British and one French, combining old and new techniques.
Gin & Grapefruit
50ml Theodore Pictish Gin
125ml Grapefruit Soda
Garnish with grapefruit slice
50ml Theodore Pictish Gin
125ml dry ginger ale
Garnish with ginger