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TOMMY’S GIN

Tommy’s Gin (45% volume) was launched in October 2017 in memory of our late father Tommy Wilson. Tommy, who passed away in late August 2016, served in the British Army during the Suez Crisis.  As “Tommy” is also a generic name and term of endearment for a soldier, we felt that this was very fitting to name the gin, Tommy’s.

With every bottle of Tommy’s Gin sold, we donate a proceed to local Military Charities. 

Thomas, one of our directors, followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army serving in the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 PARA).  Thomas completed multiple tours including spells in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. He also worked as a Private Military Contractor in Afghanistan.  Today, Thomas still serves with the 4th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (4PARA) and continues to support the festival of Remembrance as the Parade Commander in the local parade in Portree.  

Thomas Wilson (right), Parade Commander at the 2019 Remembrance Sunday Service, Portree.

Tommy’s Gin to our knowledge, was the first gin to be distilled with Poppy seeds in the UK.  We take great pride in distilling Tommy’s Gin and each bottle is batch numbered

We recommend serving with a Scottish tonic water and garnish with a wedge of lemon and some fresh blaeberries.  Enjoy notes of sweet Poppy with a small hint of liquorice, followed by the tartness of blaeberries and a hint of orange to leave a balanced citrus finish.


 Tommy’s Gin achieved a Silver Award at the London Spirits Competition 2021. 

THE POPPY

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE POPPY

Every year we come together on Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, to commemorate and honour those that gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom.
The signing of the Armistice of the 11th November 1918 marked the ending of the First World War; ‘Armistice’ in Latin translates to “to stand (still) arms”.  
This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Poppy.  Poppies have become a prominent symbol of remembrance and respect while signifying the hope for a peaceful future.   
 

These resilient flowers flourished across the battlefields, growing in their thousands.
In 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was moved by the view of the poppy fields in Ypres and the sight of the poppies inspired him to write the acclaimed poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. 
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely, singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and in 1921, The Royal British Legion founded the Poppy Appeal to provide support for members and veterans of the British Armed Forces.

 Today, in their centenary year, over 40,000 volunteers across the country will be collecting donations to support the Armed Forces Community.

The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope, worn by millions.  It is red in colour to reflect the natural colour of the poppy fields.  It is not a symbol of death, a reflection of political standpoints or a support for war.  Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and it is greatly appreciated by those it helps. 

THE COMMANDO MEMORIAL
Tommy’s Gin imagery and artwork was inspired by The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge which we pass weekly when we deliver our spirits to the mainland.
The memorial features a group of three commandos facing Ben Nevis, dressed in typical WW2 uniforms.  The memorial stands some 17ft high and is one of the best known in the UK as both a war memorial and tourist stop.  The location offers magnificent views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

Join us and raise a glass of Tommy’s gin this Remembrance Sunday.