Lorna Scott, Founder & CEO, started her journey when returning home to Still Bay. We as humans lived in this area during our formation as a creative species and she felt the story needed to be told. Turning to the most abundant resource, and her hobby of distilling gin, she discovered a vehicle through which our history could be expressed.
Founded by the Scott family, their heritage set the stage for the brand name – Inverroche. The Scottish word “Inver” meaning ‘a confluence of water’ and the French word “Roche” meaning ‘rock or stone’, are two of the very elements that have come together to spark this venture.
Still Bay, the brand home, is situated in the abundant Cape Floristic region known locally as fynbos, which is world renowned for its large and diverse variety of botanical species. Not only the carrier of plentiful resources, but also rich history that has survived on the aforementioned. This Cradle of Creativity is the site of discovery for the oldest art, dating back 73 000 years, which signifies the connectedness that lives here and tethers us to each other.
Crossing land and ocean, we share with each other and this inspired the innovation that is Coco Carissa. A blend of Africa, South America, India and Europe forged the harmonious fusion needed to bring to life No. 1 of the Creative Collection. Key ingredients being the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree which grows in the Amazonian forests of South America, better known as cocoa or chocolate and the red berries of the Carissa bispinosa, an indigenous tree from the forests of the Southern Cape, better known as the num-num. These components being the namesakes from which Coco Carissa derived her name, we also hope that by connecting botanicals from two fragile biomes, and separate continents, we can remind you if the interconnectedness everyone on this planet shares with each other and especially – our environment.
We aspire to continue the legacy we’ve inherited upon the earth so generous with inspiration which carries a variety of colours, textures, aromas and flavours to tantalize the artistic palate in every sphere. Coco Carissa welcomes you at first with a Turkish delight palate which then develops into the slightly sweeter ripe berries nuance and finally a long, lingering dark chocolate finish. Always keeping with a subtle yet enduring juniper backbone, she is a luscious, complex gin that stays true to her character. A soft rose on the nose followed by vanilla, almond, hints of sweet citrus and even a dash of cinnamon and spice complete the well-rounded experience. This bottle of gin is for sharing!
The Creative Collection aims to start conversations about our common origins, our current actions and the future so ripe with possibility. Let us harness the power of creativity to set in motion a sustainable tomorrow.