Edinburgh & Lothians

Achroous

Where is it from?
Leith, Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander seeds, liquorice, angelica and orris roots, Sichuan pepper and fennel seed.

What's the damage?
£35 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
41% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Created by the Electric Spirit Co, this gin has fantastic stand-out with its livid pink bottle and Sichuan pepper kick. The business also specialises in creating bespoke, personalised spirits for your drinks cabinet at home, or bars, restaurants or events.

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

The Royal Yacht Britannia Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, heather, bog myrtle, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, orris root, liquorice root, angelica, coriander, blood oranges, pepper, cloves, lotus root and rose petals.

What's the damage?
£36.00 per 70cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Summerhall Distillery has created a new gin specially for HMY Britannia - the former royal yacht that has been turned into a tourist attraction moored in Edinburgh. The team behind Pickering's Gin has balanced the breadth of botanicals to create a citrus-forward, sweet and slightly spicy gin, designed to capture 'a million nautical miles in a glass'.

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

Daffy's Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, mint, coriander, angelica root, lemon peel, cassia bark, orris root, orange peel

What's the damage?
£34.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43.4% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Named after the goddess of gin, Daffy's is created from French grain spirit and distilled in the same manner as malt whisky on an ancient single-batch copper pot still. The botanicals are a combination of the traditional and the new - which includes Lebanese mint and rare-variety lemons. This brings a cool freshness to Daffy's, complementing toffee, spice and caramel notes. The Edinburgh-based team crafted it to be served neat over ice, or as a D&T with fresh mint and lime. To celebrate the 2016 racing season, the Daffy's Gin team created its first limited edition gin - Manor Racing Gin. Sponsoring Manor Racing, the quest was to make a fresh and citrus-forward gin using nine botanicals from round the world. Their second limited edition gin is a Red Gooseberry gin, in collaboration with Red Magazine.

Gins in the Daffy's family:
Daffy's
Daffy's Manor Racing Gin
Daffy's Red Gooseberry Gin

Distilled in Birmingham, England. 

Edinburgh Gin and Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root.

What's the damage?
£28 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Until recently, Spencerfield Spirit Company had Edinburgh Gin distilled with classic gin botanicals south of the border in the Black Country. It was then shipped to Fife where Scottish juniper, heather and milk were added. In June 2014, Edinburgh gin production moved to the west end of Edinburgh in the basement of the Huxley Bar. The Edinburgh Christmas Gin contains frankincense and myrrh, which add a fragrant aroma, and a closing note of nutmeg brings warmth. The Seaside Gin features seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy - all sourced locally from the Edinburgh coastline.

Gins in the Edinburgh Gin family:
Edinburgh Gin
Edinburgh Cannonball Gin
Edinburgh Christmas Gin
Edinburgh Seaside Gin
Edinburgh Raspberry Gin
Edinburgh Elderflower Gin
Edinburgh Plum & Vanilla Gin
Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 
Edinburgh Pomegranate & Rose Gin

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

Firkin Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander seed, angelica root and orris root.

What's the damage?
£45.00

Is it Strong?
46% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The team at Gleann Mor Whisky Company say whisky and gin are two of their favourite things. So with this in mind, they wondered what would happen if gin was influenced by a juicy American oak cask. With batches of 100 made at one time, the result is a golden hue with notes of toffee and caramel, hints of vanilla and a sweet oak flavour. As initial experiments with Firkin proved the success of whisky cask-aged gin, the team was keen to try an ex-Lagavulin cask, a port cask and a sherry cask. Finally, Firkin Try Me Naked is the Firkin Gin we already know, but naked! Quadruple-distilled using 10 of the finest botanicals with no ageing and no whisky casks. Just the original recipe gin in all its glory.

The team has also added gins to its ‘geographical’ gin range; so far, this features Leith Gin and Glasgow Gin.

Gins in the Firkin family:
Firkin Gin
Firkin Cask Aged Islay Finish Gin
Firkin Cask Aged Port Finish Gin
Firkin Cask Aged Sherry Finish Gin
Firkin 1000 Day Cask Aged Finish Gin
Firkin Try Me Naked! Gin
Leith Gin
Glasgow Gin

Distilled in Birmingham, England.

Ginerosity Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon, lime, orange, lemon myrtle, heather, cardamom and cloves.

What's the damage?
£25.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Created by the team behind Pickering’s Gin at Summerhall Distillery, this is a social enterprise gin with profits poured back into projects to help disadvantaged young adults in Scotland and abroad. Ginerosity has partnered with the charity Challenges Worldwide to help young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds take part in International Citizenship Service programmes. The gin is light with citrus up front, juniper close behind and a subtle hint of peppery spice to finish.

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

LinGin

Where is it from?
Linlithgow, West Lothian

What's in it?
Juniper, meadowsweet, coriander, cassia and citrus fruits.

What's the damage?
£36.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

As a local family business, the team wanted LinGin to have a local influence. So they recruited over 100 people from the area to give feedback on test distillations and help develop the spirit. The end result is a mix of traditional gin botanicals plus local, hand-picked botanicals from around the loch, canal and meadows of Linlithgow. The square bottle is shaped to symbolise the spire in the iconic skyline of the town.

The gin is distilled in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland.

NB Gin

Where is it from?
North Berwick, East Lothian

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia

What's the damage?
£28.50 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

It is distilled, bottled and labelled in North Berwick using a handmade small batch process, producing no more than 100 litres at a time. The still combines new and old – a bespoke pot still with a traditionally handmade copper head, complemented by sensitive and highly accurate, manually operated controls. The team also produces a Navy Strength gin at 57%.

Gins in the NB family include:
NB Gin
NB Navy Strength Gin

Distilled in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.

Old Curiosity Gins

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Base gin with herb garden infusions

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
39% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The Old Curiosity Gins were founded by the owners of the Secret Herb Garden botanical nursery at the foot of the Pentland Hills. This is where the team grow, pick and dry their herbs in order to infuse the gins. It is said that despite the colour of the gin in the bottle, each one turns a different shade of pink when tonic is added.

Gins in the Old Curiosity Gin family:
Apothecary Rose Gin
Lavender & Echinacea Gin
Chamomile & Cornflower Gin

Distilled in London, England. Cold compounded in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

One Square Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, liquorice, orris root, Scottish heather, lemon, lime, pink grapefruit, anise

What's the damage?
NOT KNOWN

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

High-end bar and restaurant One Square Edinburgh, based in the Sheraton Grand Hotel, is playing its part in the Scottish gin renaissance on two levels. Not only has the team built up a 70-strong gin bar, with popular gin tasting packages on site, but they have collaborated with Pickering's of Summerhall Distillery to create their own small batch gin. The profile is citrus and it is designed to be an easy-drinking G&T; both refreshing and invigorating.

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

Pickering’s Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, cardamon, angelica, fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves.

What's the damage?
£29.50 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Summerhall Distillery is the first gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Based on an original Bombay recipe, kept secret since 1947, the key to the gin’s smoothness is the custom-designed bain-marie heating system. This provides a gentle but thorough heat to the still which means the botanicals simmer long enough coax out their subtle, soft flavours. The Pickering's team has also created a marriage between two of Scotland's favourite spirits - gin and whisky - by ageing its gin in single malt whisky casks from five of Scotland's distinct whisky regions: Islay; Speyside; the Lowlands; the Highlands; and the Islands. The oak ageing process lasted between three and six months for each expression and each cask yields just 200 35cl bottles.

Gins in the Pickerings family:
Pickering's
Pickering's Navy Strength
Pickering's Tattoo Gin
Pickering's Queen Elizabeth Gin
Pickering's Queen Mary Gin
Pickering's Queen Victoria Gin
Pickering's Islay Cask-Aged Gin
Pickering's Speyside Cask-Aged Gin
Pickering's Lowlands Cask-Aged Gin
Pickering's Highlands Cask-Aged Gin
Pickering's Island Cask-Aged Gin

Distilled in Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland.

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