Handcrafted in small batches in Scotland, Antonine Wall Gin has been created to celebrate a key land mark in Scottish history, the Antonine Wall. The carefully selected botanicals celebrate the Romans influence on the area during their time constructing and living along the wall
The key Scottish botanicals are carob, fig, lime zest, Scottish heather honey & Icelandic moss. When skilfully blended in the correct proportions by our Gin master, these combine perfectly with the other botanicals, making a soft, floral, smooth & creamy taste sensation designed especially for the discerning gin connoisseur.
The distinct floral, chocolatey aroma and creamy after taste comes from the carob, fig & Scottish heather honey combination. Native to the Mediterranean, carob was used by the Romans as a substitute for chocolate. Considered a luxury, it was ground into a ‘coca powder’ as it is naturally sweet and contains no caffeine.
The fig, a member of the mulberry family, was cultivated by the romans as a sweet treat and was highly sought after in roman culture. Renowned for their sweet flavour and high nutritional value, figs were normally only consumed by the upper echelons of Roman society.
A favourite of the Romans who were present in Scotland, and a special treat of the time, was fresh Scottish heather honey. This brings a smoothing floral tones with a Celtic theme to enhance and compliment the key notes of Antonine Wall Gin.
The Antonine Wall, known to the Romans as Vallum Antonini, was a turf fortification on stone foundations. It was built by the Romans across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Construction began in AD 142 at the order of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, and took around 12 years to complete.
Unlike his predecessor Hadrian, Antoninus Pius never visited Britain before ordering to build the wall, however pressure from the Caledonians may have led Antoninus to send the empire's troops further north.
The Antonine Wall was protected by 16 forts with small fortlets between them; troop movement was facilitated by a road linking all the sites known as the Military Way. The soldiers who built the wall commemorated the construction and their struggles with the Caledonians in decorative slabs, twenty of which survive. The wall was abandoned only eight years afer completion, and the garrisons relocated back to Hadrian's Wall in the North of England.
In 208 Emperor Septimius Severus re-established legions at the wall and ordered repairs; this has led to the wall being referred to as the Severan Wall. The occupation ended a few years later, and the wall was never fortified again. Most of the wall and its associated fortifications have been destroyed over time, but some remains are visible. Many of these have come under the care of Historic Scotland and is receiving significant promotional investment in 2019 to develop the national monument as a key tourist attraction.
The Antonine Wall is one of Scotland's most prominent historical sites and significantly marks the boundary where the mighty Roman Empire could not expand past due to the Scots. We have drawn from this rich history to develop a gin that gives an authentic taste of the wall. Every batch of Antonine Wall Gin is also named after one of the many forts along the wall for extra provenance.