He was a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals before opening a fine dining restaurant in St Andrews, and now Chef Dean Banks has launched his own Scottish Gin.
Lunun Gin is what he describes as a ‘no-nonsense’ gin, and we like the sound of that! It’s a high-quality drink that’s focussed solely on taste. Created using a single-fold distillation process that gives it a premium, smooth taste that has been developed with the chef’s palette in mind.
Influenced by Dean’s travels to over 40 different countries and his expertise in fusion cooking, the gin is made using six unique botanicals – kaffir lime leaf, sea buckthorn, Sichuan pepper, kombu kelp, ginger and lemongrass – which give it a citrus essence, so the straight-up gin is said to be best served simply with tonic and a simple slice of lime.
“I’ve always wanted to create my own gin and it seems like the next natural step for me after establishing my restaurant in St Andrews. I wanted to create something that people judge solely on the taste and not the ‘hype’ that often comes with contemporary artisan gins – in fact, Lunun is the opposite to an artisan gin. There’s no smoke and mirrors with Lunun. People who appreciate a quality-tasting gin without any of the other nonsense, will enjoy this one.
“Although our chosen botanicals give Lunun an Asian twist, all can be sourced in Scotland, keeping the distillation process straightforward, just like the gin. Customers will only require a slice of lime to garnish – it’s about keeping gin-drinking simple and accessible and focusing the entire experience on the taste. Chefs will appreciate this too, and it will hopefully become the chef’s choice of gin in restaurants across Scotland.”
Lunun Gin is Distilled in Dean’s hometown of Arbroath in Angus, but what about the name? Well, it’s named after Angus’ most peaceful, secluded beach, ‘Lunan Bay’.
Lunun Gin even comes with amazing sustainability credentials and will package and distribute its bottles to customers in a plastic-free process.
Dean continued: “Lunan Bay is one of my favourite places in Scotland and a place close to my home. This gin reflects that and my travels, but it is also a drink that will be appreciated by those who are just looking for a high-quality gin to enjoy, whether at home or in a restaurant or bar.”
Lunun is available to purchase now at https://www.lunungin.com/