Our Story

Located in the old Cathedral City of Elgin and the famous distilling region of Speyside, Avva Scottish Gin is lovingly handcrafted in Jessie-Jean our bespoke copper still.

The name Avva means a respected grandmother or elder women in the Indian language of Dravidian and therefore fitting that the still is named after my two grandmothers.

Avva was created by Jill Brown, with the brand having links to the local area too.  The inspiration of our label design coming from the rose and arched windows of Elgin Cathedral.

I want to share my pride and passion in every bottle of Avva Scottish Gin.  By producing small batch craft gin and specially selecting an exclusive range of 11 Highland, Speyside and traditional botanical to create Avva Scottish Gin.

Our 5 locally foraged botanicals are rowan, red clover, mint, dandelion and nettle.

History, provenance and family are behind everything we do.

Avva is made with heart.

A Scottish Still for a Scottish Gin

Our bespoke copper still was commissioned and made locally in Elgin by highly skilled craftsmen* who carefully shaped copper sheets into a traditional 250 litre copper still.  This makes our micro-distillery one of the smallest in the region. 

With some of the world’s finest malt whisky crafted in Speyside and where some of the world’s best copper-smiths still make those stills.  It is quite rare for stills to be made so close to their final installation site.  Hand-made and hand delivered by Derek & his team at Speyside Copper Works.  We are sure that Derek and his team will pop round to visit their hard work in action or at least sample the fruits of their hard labour! 

Within the craft sector, the majority of distillers have named their still and Moray Distillery Ltd are no exception.   Our little still has been christened after the owner's grandmothers, Jessie-Jean, J-J (Jessie Sutherland Brown and Jean Bannerman Waters).  

Although small, J-J slowly works her magic with the elements of copper and specially selected botanicals to carefully and lovingly produce the base spirit from which we collect the run known as the 'heart' to make Avva Scottish Gin.

(*Speyside Copper Works, Elgin & LH Stainless, Keith)

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