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.

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'.

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.

Daffy's Gin Manor Racing Limited Edition

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?
£48.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

To celebrate the 2016 racing season, the Daffy's Gin team has created its first limited edition gin. Sponsoring Manor Racing, the quest was to make a fresh and citrus-forward gin using nine botanicals from round the world. 

Edinburgh Gin

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.

Edinburgh Cannonball Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

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

What's the damage?
£39.95

Is it Strong?
57.2% ABV

What makes it interesting?

This is Spencerfield Spirit Company's first naval strength gin. The serving suggestion is to drink it straight as a martini with vermouth and orange bitters.

 

Edinburgh Christmas Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, orange

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The frankincense and myrrh add a fragrant aroma, with a closing note of nutmeg bringing warmth. Heady with rich spices and sweet orange, it has an almost honeyed, thicker mouth-feel thanks to the addition of myrrh. It is recommended for a Negroni cocktail, with the sweet myrrh providing balance to Campari's bitter finish.

Edinburgh Elderflower Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Edinburgh Gin infused with elderflowers

What's the damage?
£18 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
20% ABV

What makes it interesting?

A summer liqueur with a fresh aromatic taste. With Edinburgh Gin as its basis, it is infused with freshly picked elderflowers. Recommended with champagne.

Edinburgh Raspberry Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Edinburgh Gin infused with raspberries

What's the damage?
£18 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
20% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Created by Spencerfield Spirit, the makers of Edinburgh Gin, using Perthshire raspberries. Reputedly they chose this over the damson and sloe versions. It has intense, jammy raspberry with some vanilla notes and is not unlike raspberry ripple ice-cream. On the palate the rapberry is fruity and slightly tart. Recommended with Prosecco, Cava, soda water or lemonade.

Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Edinburgh gin infused with rhubarb and ginger

What's the damage?
£18 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
20% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Infused with Scottish rhubarb, this gin is best served as an apple and rhubarb flip. It is one of the increasingly popular liqueur gins from Spencerfield Spirit Company, released in spring 2015.

Edinburgh Seaside Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy

What's the damage?
£35.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Edinburgh Gin launched Seaside Gin in June 2015 to welcome in the summer. Featuring seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy - all sourced locally from the Edinburgh coastline - this hand-crafted gin has a slightly sweet yet minerally flavour, reminiscent of summer at the beach. An initial 1,000 bottles have been distilled. It is recommended as an accompaniment to seafood, or part of a beach picnic or barbecue. 

 

Edinburgh Spiced Orange Gin

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Edinburgh Gin infused with orange and cinnamon

What's the damage?
£18 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
20% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Using Seville oranges brings a deeper tone, and lime an extra zing, with hints of cinnamon and spice. On the nose it is orange and cough medicine. Recommended with mulled cider.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pickering's 1947

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, cardamon, coriander, clove and cinnamon

What's the damage?
£30.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Pickering's 1947 gin is made with the original recipe, as written down in Mount Mary, India, in 1947. Testament to its heritage, it is spicy, intense and full of flavour. Cardamon, coriander, clove and cinnamon spice lead into a crisp, refreshing and long finish.

Pickering's Navy Strength

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

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

What's the damage?
£42.50

Is it Strong?
57% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Pickering's brought out this Naval strength gin to celebrate becoming the official gin of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Each comes with a mini bearskin hat and neck tag.

Pickering's Oak Aged Gins

Where is it from?
Edinburgh

What's in it?
Juniper, corinader, cardamom, angelica, fennel, anise, lemon, lime, cloves.

What's the damage?
£36 for 35cl

Is it Strong?
47% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Pickering's Gin has 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.

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