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- Guest Blogger - 


Not so long ago, gin wasn’t the incredibly popular drink it is today – it’s almost hard to believe with the range of gins in the market now!


But back in 2007, after working in the pub business in Fife, Carlo Valente, along with his business partner Graham Coull, launched one of the very first craft gins around – Boë Superior Gin.


Their successful gin was named after a Dutchman called Professor Franz de le Boë. Legend has it that Prof Boë was researching a medicinal tonic when he mixed neutral spirit with juniper, and so off the back of this experimental tale, gin was born!


During 2016, Graham and Carlo were joined by Andrew Richardson, who had worked for Diageo, and together they continued the company's tradition of being adventurous and creating distinctive drinks, by launching a flavoured gin and two gin liqueurs in Scotland. 


All the Boë gins are still made at their distillery in Stirling using only the best botanicals sourced from all over the world, and they are continually looking to bring new and exciting concepts and flavours to the gin market.


Carlo develops all of Boë’s new gins and has an amazing ability to bring new flavours to gin. He is the man behind Boë Violet Gin, Boë Scottish Bramble Gin Liqueur, Boë Peach & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur and the latest Boë Spiced Orange Gin Liqueur.


Carlo notes, “Choosing a flavour or a direction in which to take our gins is not just randomly picking a flavour that we like - it is so much more. Our flavours have to fit with the brand and have that “wow factor” when tasting for the first time. We want our gins to stand out from the crowd.”


Their first flavoured gin was Boë Violet Gin – considered a bold choice, as it would be one of the very first flavoured and coloured gins on the market. It was developed from the desire to have a gin that would both look amazing and deliver a wonderful taste when served.


Carlo created a violet coloured gin scented with sweet violets with a distinct taste of juniper and a lingering finish of lavender and ripe berries. The rest of the team were delighted, and keen to ensure that the bottle design did justice to the amazing product inside – and so the beautiful packaging was born.


All the gins have proven to be very, very popular and sales expanded rapidly from Scotland into England and Ireland where ever greater numbers of gin drinkers are enjoying Boë Gin.


Carlo will soon be off again on yet another trip to seek out some new and wonderful flavours he wants to introduce to make yet another truly distinctive gin. As Carlo says “it’s tough work but someone has to do it.”