Crow, Rutherford & Armstrong (and Harry the gin dog!)
Crow, Rutherford and Armstrong come from wildly varying backgrounds... However, it turns out wildness' and variety' is exactly the recipe required to design, imagine and concoct the uniqueness that is
The Kelso Gin Company...
The company was formed on 8th July 2016 and we were granted our licence from HMRC on 15th September. After an intense run of testing and tasting, we produced our first batch of Borders Gin in December 2016 and held a free public gin tasting session in Rutherfords Micropub on 16th December 2016.
Who are we?
Crow's family lineage were rustlers and hustlers who eventually settled in the Borders, quickly learning to live off the land by using their horsemanship skills to travel far and wide, foraging the countryside, swapping & sharing secret recipes and curing maladies...
The Chief Alchemist at The Kelso Gin Company has a unique and finely tuned nose for botanicals, tastes and all things Gin.
Rutherford is the son of Dr Alan Rutherford. who was awarded an OBE in 1996 for his services to the Scotch Whisky Industry. Brought up around brewing and distilling (living out many years of his childhood on the Isle of Jura, where his father was responsible for the management and revitalisation of the Jura Distillery), Rutherford has always had a passion and understanding for the craft. He opened Scotland's first (and still only) micropub in 2015 and has been a self-employed graphic designer for over 30 years. Responsible for designing many famous name brands whisky labels (including a special one for HRH Prince Charles), Rutherford is also the man behind the design work for the Kelso Gin Company.
Armstrong comes from a long line of Borders Reivers, and is descended from Johnnie Armstrong, the famous Scottish raider and folk hero, immortalised by Sir Walter Scott. Armstrong's father restored Gilnockie Tower in Dumfriesshire, and the passion for The Borders (as well as gin) runs deep in this family. Armstrong is the fourth generation of distillers in his family, with his father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather all having blazed the trail before him. The founder of Borders band, Tarras, as well as Antique Dealer, Armstrong brings a huge passion, drive and experience to the company.
Harry The Gin Dog can root out the most unusual botanicals you've never heard of!
Robert Armstong's father, Roy Armstrong-Wilson, at the distillery in Elgin in the 1960's
The Founders Club - Be part of Borders History
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