Aberdeenshire

Esker Gin

Where is it from?
Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

What's in it?
Juniper, heather, milk thistle, peppercorn, citrus, silver birch sap.

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV for 70cl

What makes it interesting?

As Esker Gin is inspired by the flowing crystal waters of the River Dee and the Silver Birch trees that line its path, it embodies the spirit of Royal Deeside. It is created with over a dozen responsibly sourced botanicals, many from the Kincardine Estate, and distilled in a copper still and bottled on site.

House of Elrick Gin

Where is it from?
Newmachar

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, citrus, angelica, pink peppercorn, sweet fennel, heather and rose petals.

What's the damage?
£40.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

House of Elrick is an estate in the lowlands of Aberdeenshire, rich in heritage and history. Constructed in 1720 at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment period, revered creative, philosophical and scientific minds would meet here to discuss intellectual and scientific discoveries. Made in batches of 600 bottles, the core of the gin is constructed around the flavours of heather, pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose petals for a distinctive aromatic quality. Most importantly, water from Loch Ness lends it an earthy, fresh sensation.

Indian Summer Gin

Where is it from?
Huntly, Aberdeenshire

What's in it?
Juniper, angelica bark, almonds, coriander seed, cassia, lemon peel, liquorice root, saffron, orris root and orange peel.

What's the damage?
£28 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
46% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Indian Summer Gin makes use of one of the world's most costly spices by weight - saffron. This pricey spice is infused into the gin, which has imparted intense, sweet and subtly earthy notes. It is bottled by Duncan Taylor.

 

Jindea Gin

Where is it from?
Aberdeen

What's in it?
Juniper, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, ginger, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon and angelica, plus ‘first flush’ Darjeeling tea.

What's the damage?
£30.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

This single estate tea gin has been created by three drinks specialists: Adrian Gomes, who owns Aberdeen bars The Tippling House, Rye & Soda and Bos’n, and events company 10 Dollar Shake; bartender and mixology guru Matt Dakers; and Jack Rackham, Commercial Director of leading distributor Emporia Brands. It is made from First Flush Darjeeling Tea, sourced from the Goomtee Estate, a single-estate tea plantation in the Kurseong Valley in India – which explains the name. This tea is known to tea-lovers as the ‘Champagne of Teas’ given that the springtime harvest produces the gentlest of black teas with delicate floral notes. The result is a citrus-forward gin with aromatic spices, peaches and apricots. The spirit is produced in a traditional alembic copper pot still to a classic London Dry gin recipe at the Gabriel Boudier distillery in Dijon, France.

Lone Wolf Gin

Where is it from?
Aberdeen

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica root, cardamom, pink peppercorn, Thai lemon grass, Kaffir lime leaf, mace, almond, fresh lemon peel, fresh red grapefruit peel, lavender and Scots pine needles.

What's the damage?
£32.00

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

From the beer giant BrewDog, Lone Wolf Spirits is making gin, vodka and whisky – all distilled grain to glass in house. The gin is a 100% malt barley spirit with citrus up front, followed by pine needles which leaves a long finish. 

Porter's Gin

Where is it from?
Aberdeen

What's in it?
Juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice, lemon, orange, buddha's hand, pink peppercorn, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon.

What's the damage?
£30.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
41.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The first distiller in Aberdeen for over 100 years, Porter's Gin was created by three friends who wanted to develop a high quality, bold juniper spirit. It is named after Prof Andrew Porter of Aberdeen University, who sourced distillation equipment which allowed the team to distil botanicals with lighter, fresher flavours at cold temperatures. The other botanicals more suited to a traditional copper pot still are distilled at Greenall's near Warrington. 

Teasmith Gin

Where is it from?
Udny, Aberdeenshire

What's in it?
Juniper, hand-picked tea, coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise, angelica, calamus and orris root.

What's the damage?
£38.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?

What makes it interesting?

With Aberdeenshire’s rich import history and links with the tea trade, the team at Teasmith uses hand-picked tea to chime with their local heritage. It is a special black tea which provides a distinct minty sweetness when distilled.  

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