You can now buy a gin made from peas - this is what it tastes like

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 3:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 3:22 pm

Scottish distillery, Arbikie, has announced the release of an innovative, carbon neutral gin.

Named Nàdar (which means 'nature' in Gaelic), the new gin is thought to be the world's first climate positive gin - and it's made from peas.

A revolutionary spirit for the drinks industry, the gin is at the forefront of the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss - the biggest challenges humankind has ever faced.

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Nàdar is the result of five years of research, through Master Distiller, Kirsty Black’s, PhD studentship between Abertay University and The James Hutton Institute.

Why is it made with peas?

The gin avoids more carbon dioxide emissions than it creates, which is achieved through the most innovative and surprising ingredient - the humble pea.

Most gins are made from spirit distilled from cereals such as wheat, barley or maize, but peas are grown without the need for synthetic nitrogen fertiliser, and so its negative environmental impact on waterways, air and soils is avoided.

Peas also benefit the ecosystem as a whole by improving soil quality and offsetting synthetic nitrogen fertiliser requirements of other crops, which follow peas in the crop rotation.

Kirsty Black and Graeme Walker with Nàdar gin

Kirtsy Black’s PhD at Abertay University and the James Hutton Institute is focused on exploring thepotential of pulses such as peas and beans as an environmentally sustainable crop to the brewing and distilling industries.

She said, “Peas are a part of a unique set of plants known as legumes that are able to source nitrogen, which is critical for plant growth, from the air.

"This removes the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilisers and, therefore, avoids the negative environmental impact its production and use has on our waterways, air and soils.”

Professor of Zymology at Abertay University, Graeme Walker, who is supervisor on the PhD project, says, “This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved with the right blend ofacademic expertise and industry know-how.

“Creating real-world impact through our scientific research is part of Abertay’s core mission and I’mdelighted to see that coming together in this genuinely innovative project.”

What does it taste like?

With the base spirit made from peas, Nàdar gin is smooth to drink and uses lemongrass and citrus leaf as the botanicals, which give a fresh and fruity aroma.

These natural botanicals can be locally grown on Arbikie Estate, inside their polytunnel.

John Stirling, director of Arbikie Distillery said, “Our ethos at Arbikie from our inception has been to try and create world-class premium spirits where all ingredients are grown on our Single Estate farm.

"Minimising our carbon footprint and working with the wonderful home grown ingredients to create one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries.

"Our Nàdar Gin goes one step further and looks to make a positive, instead of neutral impact, in terms of long-term sustainability. It also tastes fantastic which is a credit to our distilling team – I hope you enjoy.”