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Wild Thyme Spirits

Isle of Colonsay, Inner Hebrides

Double award-winning gin from the remote isle of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides

The people

Husband and wife team Finlay and Eileen Geekie, run Wild Thyme Spirits from their self-built home on the beautiful and remote Isle of Colonsay. Located 2 and a quarter hours by ferry off the West Coast of Scotland, the pair have been running the distillery here since 2016, when they traded the hustle and bustle of corporate lives in Oxfordshire for an opportunity to focus on the things they 2 bigger passions in their lives: gin and local business.

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The products

Colonsay Gin, the flagship spirit of Wild Thyme, is inspired in part by Celtic folklore (the label depicts Alva, the brownie or spirit, that lives in their house & keeps their recipes secret) and in part by the remote, natural beauty of Colonsay. It's small-batch distilled, creating no more than 150 bottles, and it beautifully balances its botanicals to give it a traditional but unique flavour. Keep your eyes peeled - they have exciting things planned including a sloe gin, a bramble liqueur and some cask aged gins!


The team at Wild Thyme Spirits are creating spirits inspired by the history and folklore of the island they live on. In Celtic folklore every house had a 'Brownie' or Spirit, or in Gaelic, an Uruisg {oor-isk} to help with household chores. Their beautifully designed label depicts the spirit of their house, Alva, a delightful, red-haired maiden, with supernatural powers who long ago survived a Viking shipwreck and sought refuge in the house where Eileen and Finlay now live and which they lovingly restored. She protects and guards their secret recipe, which delivers a traditional London Dry gin with strong notes of juniper.

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Helped by Alva, the team have big plans for the distillery and their contribution to the island, they've just got planning permission for a new distillery located on the island, which will allow them to develop more spirits and give even more back to the community. They've got many more spirits in the pipeline with plans for a sloe gin, some cask aged gins and maybe even a rum, vodka or whisky. If you're inspired and want to go and meet the team, there's always the Gin Lover's retreat which is a relaxing R&R weekend with Finlay & Eileen on the island where they'll treat you to dinners, tours of the Island and of course, plenty of gin.

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