Moray Entrepreneur celebrates 3 years in business

this International Women’s Day

Jill Brown founded Moray Distillery, home to Avva Scottish Gin and Berry Good Gin Liqueurs in 2016.  She has always had a passion for creating small batch gin and became a full time distiller at a time when Speyside had only two other gins.

Being the first gin in Elgin, Jill is unique in having her own bespoke made cooper still, also from Speyside.  Avva Scottish Gin is one of the few gins that is distilled and bottled on the same site within Speyside.  Making Avva a true Scottish Gin.

The past three years have been met with challenges as well as many successes, with Avva Gin now stocked throughout the UK in independent retailers with exports commencing in 2017.

Jill has taught herself the art of distilling a unique Scottish Gin and has selected local botanicals to use within it. 

Through running the business on her own, Jill has put together a team of trusted people to assist with a busy summer schedule of events with Avva Scottish Gin & Berry Good Liqueurs. 

Jill Brown, founder at Moray Distillery Ltd comments ‘Setting up any business from scratch is hard and the first few years of building the Avva brand has had challenges.   With the first few years also involving being also pregnant and taking care of my little girl.  This has made me more determined to make the brand a success and share the Scottish Gin story, not just in Speyside but through exporting too.’

Cask Finish Avva Gin 18

This International Women’s Day I want to share that women can start and build successful businesses no matter their background or the idea they have.’

Avva Scottish Gin and Berry Good Liqueurs are both handcrafted in Speyside with many of the ingredients coming from within the Moray area too.  Although, the distillery is not open to visitors, there is a series of doors open events as part pf the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival in May 2019.

Notes to the editor

International Women’s Day is the 8th March.

Moray Distillery was founded by Jill Brown in 2016 and is home to Avva Scottish Gin and Berry Good Liqueurs.

Type of still: UK’s first Scottish made gin still, 250l full copper still with vapour basket (powered by a bain-marie style heat)

List of key botanicals in the gin: Juniper, Coriander, Citrus Peels, Mint, Rowan, Dandelion, Angelica Root

Tasting notes

A traditional, well balanced and fresh, Avva tastes like what every premium gin should taste like.  With our distillation process we produce a juniper led gin with a perfect balance of herbal and floral notes and clean finish. A classic London Dry Gin.

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