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Co-founders Struan Mackie (left) and Alex MacDonald with Laura MacKenzie.
Co-founders Struan Mackie (left) and Alex MacDonald with Laura MacKenzie.

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Christmas shopping can be a stressful chore for some people, and it inevitably involves much searching, either on foot or online.

One brilliant solution is the one-stop Christmas shop, and if you can find one that produces suitably festive drinks, high quality gifts that will be appreciated by all, and as a bonus has award-winning green credentials, then surely that's a winner.

Step forward the fledgling North Point Distillery that last year started making craft batches of unique rums and gins on the rugged, wave lashed coastline of north Caithness at the former Forss naval base.

It has a well stocked gift shop for the festive season, and the team has put together a special selection of Ultimate Christmas Boxes that will be a delight to give and to receive.

There are five to choose from, ranging from a £20 Secret Santa selection of miniatures and gifts to the Ultimates retailing at £49 for bottles and merchandise that would cost near to £100 if sold singly. The gift shop also has a wide range of individual gifts ranging from drinking glasses to smart North Point gilets.

Inside the North Point gift shop.
Inside the North Point gift shop.

Rum and gin are ideal festive tipples, and North Point's Crosskirk Bay Gin even has botanicals plucked from a family Christmas tree that was transplanted to a garden.You can't get much more Chrismassy than that, surely?

The rums and gins have a hand-crafted uniqueness that makes them a thoughtful gift. The bottles are "wildly crafted" from recycled glass and, with the beautiful screen-printed artwork on the labels, it makes North Point bottles worth keeping – even when empty!

Distillery co-founder Alex MacDonald said: "So far we have been recognised as one of the most sustainable distilleries in Scotland, so we offer not only tasty beverages but also something that is good for the conscience."

North Point Distillery uses a unique mix of contemporary and traditional production methods.

Co-founder Struan Mackie added: "We create small batches of authentic Scottish spirits that have been distilled in the most interesting way. After using the very finest and sustainably sourced sugarcane and molasses from the Caribbean, we use local whisky casks from the Highlands to mature and finish our spirit."

This year North Point won the Gin Guide's award for sustainability. North Point advocates responsible procurement, carbon-neutral production methods and fully recycled packaging for all their products – all added value credentials as people seek ways to help save the planet.

Head of marketing Laura MacKenzie said: "The message we are trying to get across on our social media is that we are the one-stop Christmas shop this year and provide sustainable gift options."

North Point's flagship is their Pilot Rum and it is highly appropriate it was "born" on a former naval base and within sight of some of the wildest waters anywhere.

Pilot Rum was inspired by James Miller's book, The Wild and Open Sea, that documents the history of the nearby Pentland Firth and the local seafarers who worked as sea pilots or guides. Their knowledge of the wild tidal race waters with its rocks and reefs, steered many a merchant ship through to safety.

Festive spiced rum package.
Festive spiced rum package.

There is also a spiced version for an extra bit of festive Yo Ho Ho! It really is Christmas in a bottle, a combination of chocolate, orange and rum, with a "nose of vanilla and orange zest, combining the richness of cacao nibs, and the earthiness of cardamom and cinnamon amongst several additional spices".

North Point's festive box menu.
North Point's festive box menu.

Click here to find the perfect gift on their website now.


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