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New gin created for cat lovers in memory of famous St Andrews feline Hamish McHamish

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A pawfect tipple has been created for cat lovers in memory of famous St Andrews feline Hamish.

Hamish Gin pays tribute to the ginger cat who was so beloved by townspeople that a statue was erected in his honour after his death in 2014.

The limited edition blend features catnip as a botanical and a pawprint label.

Marjorie Dalton (left) and Kecia McDougall with a bottle of Hamish Gin.

Gin blending masterclasses hosted by The Hamish Foundation, a charity set up in the cat’s name, and Tayport Distillery resulted in the best effort being bottled.

Majorie Dalton, of The Adamson, was the winner and has seen her creation go on sale to the public to raise funds for community projects.

She said: “I was absolutely thrilled and delighted to win.

“The event was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, super fun and a great initiative for the Hamish Foundation charity.”

St Andrews cat Hamish McHamish.

Marjorie’s gin was assessed by judges as having an overarching floral nose with the presence of juniper and rose petal, with coriander and lemon peel balancing the juniper and allowing citrus notes to come forward.

The Adamson will also create a Hamish cocktail using the gin blend.

Kecia McDougall, distillery director, said: “We are so thrilled to be announcing Marjorie as the winner of the Hamish Gin competition in aid of The Hamish Foundation.

“Marjorie fully embraced the blending evening, experimenting and trying new botanicals to create a well-balanced and exclusive gin.

“It has been a pleasure working alongside The Hamish Foundation to collaborate and create a unique fundraising opportunity, providing blending experiences and their own limited edition gin.”

Maggie Picken, a founder of The Hamish Foundation, said: “Marjorie’s secret recipe will be used to produce a limited edition run of Hamish Gin which will be available for Christmas and we hope the local community will support us in buying this gin as the proceeds will go towards supporting the beach wheelchairs and other good causes”.

Hamish Gin can be purchased on Tayport Distillery’s website.

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