Burleighs unveils new Doddie Weir gin
45 West Distillers have unveiled an exciting partnership with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, creating a new Burleighs Gin crafted alongside Scottish rugby legend, Doddie Weir. All profits will go directly to the foundation, helping to fund vital research into the causes and potential cures of Motor Neurone Disease.
The Doddie’5 Gin recipe was developed by Burleighs head distiller Ed Gibson and Doddie Weir at the 45 West Distillery. They combined the unique Burleighs Signature recipe with specially selected botanicals that pay homage to Doddie’s roots in the Scottish Borders. Ed said: “By including milk thistle and heather flower to our Signature blend, we have created an incredibly vibrant artisan gin that we are proud and excited to put our name to.”
45 West Distillers are calling on rugby and gin fans to help tackle MND and be part of the cure by pre-ordering the special-edition bottle online from the Burleighs website. With the profit from each bottle sale going directly to the Foundation, the Leicestershire-based distillers are committed to achieving their goal of raising £1 million.
The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was set up in November 2017 by Doddie and his fellow trustees, five months after he revealed the he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. Doddie earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career and represented The British & Irish Lions on their victorious 1997 tour to South Africa.
From the moment of his diagnosis, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this as yet incurable disease. In its first year, the Foundation committed to £1 million to help find a cure and to support those affected by MND, and are confident of investing a similar figure in 2019.