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Article published 15/06/2022

Today (15 June 2022), the all-female Isle of Cumbrae distillers have launched their latest gin, Maura, inspired by VisitScotland's Year of Stories 2022.

An ancient Celtic name meaning 'Star of the Sea', Maura celebrates Scotland's women, who helped shape its history, legends and stories of the sea. The gin also commemorates St. Maura, a devotee of St. Columba, who settled on Great Cumbrae in the 7th Century. 

The impetus for this exciting project came from the Themed Years, with 2022 being the Year of Stories, and spurred the distillery team to create a label that would showcase the history and stories of the west coast of Scotland.

The Maura label has been designed by Hope Blamire, a celebrated Scottish painter who engages with and captivates a loyal following of over 50,000 on social media. Her vibrant artwork is inspired by nature and captures the coastal landscapes and glistening waters of the west coast of Scotland. Her artwork is featured in galleries and shops across the UK, and in homes throughout the world. She is also a self-described gin enthusiast!

The Maura label has been produced by a Scottish company, Image on Glass, and is a permanent label, heat pressed into the bottle.

The first batch of Maura gin goes on sale today for online and in person sales. Find out more about the Maura gin and other Isle of Cumbrae gins by visiting their website.

Maura gin bottle

We’re extremely proud Year of Stories 2022 has provided inspiration for Isle of Cumbrae distillers and their new Maura gin. The beautiful design really captures the important part women continue to play throughout Scottish culture and history, as well as showcasing Ayrshire & Arran’s rich food and drink offering.

Every community has its distinct tales to tell, stories of now and those passed through the generations. These are the stories we tell ourselves and share with others to make sense of time and place.

Gordon Smith, Regional Director, VisitScotland

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