Murmichan – The First Scottish Absinthe
Murmichan is produced in a traditional manner using natural botanicals for both flavouring and colour from a mixture of traditional and Scottish botanicals including grande wormwood, roman wormwood, green aniseed, fennel seed, hyssop, star anise, lemon balm, mint leaves, bramble leaves, lemon thyme and heather flower.
Also included is distilled Royal Deeside heather, clover and willow herb honey giving a unique taste and mouth feel.
Murmichan is crafted with water from the ancient Pannanich Wells in the Cairngorms. The Wells were first mentioned by the Knights Templar in 1245 as they travelled through the Deeside Valley. Famous for its healing properties the Wells were a favourite of Queen Victoria who wrote passionately about them in her Highland Journals.
Nosed at bottle strength (64% abv) a waft of aniseed immediately makes this spirit unmistakable. Upon further exploration there are sweet notes. The mint and honey come through in time, and the citrus notes of the lemon thyme linger on the nose.
Tasted at bottle strength (64% abv) it surprisingly mild compared to many absinthes. The honey sweetness compliments the wormwood’s dry, crisp flavour. Each sip reveals something slightly different. Simply divine to sip and savour, much like a whisky. Also like a whisky, a small drop of water opens up more sweetness, and a citrus tang is more evident too.
Murmichan is perfectly suited for traditional servings with cold water dripped slowly through sugar. After a long day this is a lovely way to unwind and lose yourself in the beautiful ritual as your drink transitions from a golden green to a milky opal white. The recipe takes this style of consumption into account and while the flavour is far milder, it still holds up to heavy dilution.
Many whisky drinkers are familiar with cask strength whiskies, and understand that even at very high strengths a spirit only needs a small amount of cold water to be opened up and have its bold and complex flavours revealed. Murmichan is no different. If sweet and refreshing is not what the mood calls for, Murmichan does well sipped slowly like a whisky, where its full complexity can be appreciated and savoured.THE DISTRIBUTION IS COMPLETED BY LOST LOCH SPIRITS LTD, UNIT 7, DEESIDE ACTIVITY PARK, ABOYNE, AB34 5GL