Fife

Darnley’s Original

Where is it from?
Kingsbarns, Fife

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

What's the damage?
£25 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Darnley’s Original was created by the Wemyss Whisky Company from a family recipe. It represents the moment in 1565 when Mary Queen of Scots first saw her future husband, Lord Darnley, through the courtyard window of Wemyss Castle. The botanicals are traditional and four-times distilled.

Distilled in Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland.

Darnley's Spiced Gin

Where is it from?
Kingsbarns, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, nutmeg, ginger, cumin, coriander seed, cinnamon, cassia, grains of paradise, cloves and angelica root.

What's the damage?
£26.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
42.7% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Relative newcomers to the gin scene in early 2010, Darnley's Spiced Gin was created in July 2012. It is distilled with a total of 10 botanicals and is missing the elderflower of the Darnley's View original recipe. It was developed in conjunction with a team of gin experts including distillers, a celebrated gin writer and some of the UK's most notable mixologists.

Distilled in Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland.

Darnley's Spiced Navy Strength

Where is it from?
Kingsbarns, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, nutmeg ginger, cumin, coriander seed, cinnamon, cassia, grains of paradise, cloves and angelica root.

What's the damage?
£40.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
57.1% ABV

What makes it interesting?

This gin was inspired by the career of Sir Rosslyn Wemyss, an ancestor of the gin’s owners, who commanded ships all over the world in the early part of the twentieth century. During their time at sea, ship’s officers used to enjoy a daily ration of gin which had to pass a gunpowder test to prove it was over 57% alcohol and therefore navy strength. The botanicals and alcohol volume conspire to give the gin an intense warming spicy flavour.

Distilled in Kingsbarns, Fife, Scotland.

Eden Mill Golf Gin

Where is it from?
St Andrews, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, corinader seed, angelica and liquorice root, lemongrass, lime peel, red mustard, chamomile, rhubarb root and hickory wood

What's the damage?
£30.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

It's no surprise that the team at Eden Mill wanted to bring out a craft gin to celebrate what their home town is most famous for. The gin is influenced by the ancient methods used by makers of golf clubs as it contains hickory wood - a botanical which gives the flavour a bit of extra spice. It comes in a traditional white ceramic beer bottle.

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

 

Eden Mill Hop Gin

Where is it from?
St Andrews, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, liquorice, Australian galaxy hops

What's the damage?
£30.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
46% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The craft brewer Eden has built a microdistillery at its St Andrews base and houses Scotland's only combined brewery and distillery - which is the reason behind Hop Gin - a beer-lovers' gin. One of the first to be released, the intention is to produce a range of small-batch, locally-produced seasonal gins under the Eden Mill name, based on different botanicals which are available at different times of year.

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Eden Mill Love Gin

Where is it from?
St Andrews, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander seed, bitter almonds, cassia bark, angelica root, whole hibiscus flowers, red rose petals, goji berries, elderberries, rhubarb root, lovage leaf, marshmallow root and raspberry leaf

What's the damage?
£32.00 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
42%

What makes it interesting?

The team at Eden Mill set themselves a 2015 Valentine's Day challenge to create a spirit 'more beautiful than a bouquet of roses and more romantic than a Barry White song'. And this is it: red rose petals, marshmallow root, goji berries and hibiscus flowers have been lovingly hand-crafted to make Love Gin. The result is highly sensory: pink in colour, fruity yet floral on the nose, and mellow red berries and citrus on the palate. 

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Eden Mill Oak Gin

Where is it from?
St Andrews, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper and locally-foraged botanicals

What's the damage?
£30 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

From Eden Mill, Scotland's first single-site brewery and distillery, Oak Gin marries some very special ex-bourbon and ex-bourbon beer barrels with a classic gin recipe to complement this fresh, still-young wood. In some ways it is a throwback to the era when gin was exported from the distillery on the site and shipped down to London in large wooden barrels. Ageing in these selected casks gives slightly sweet oak and subtle juniper hints on the nose, some vanilla and toffee notes on the pallet, and a smooth silky finish.

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Eden Mill Sea Buckthorn Gin

Where is it from?
St Andrews

What's in it?
Juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, lemon balm, sea buckthorn berries.

What's the damage?
£30 for 50cl

Is it Strong?
42% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The original gin from Eden Mill, Scotland's first single-site brewery and distillery. The team of distillers set out to create a classic clean and refreshing gin. Local botanicals, such as sea buckthorn berries, were added to a traditional recipe of juniper berries, angelica root, coriander seed and lemon balm. In November 2015, Eden Mill brought out a 12 Gins of Christmas Hamper. It featured a Naval Strength Sea Buckthorn at 57%, plus six additional gins, each derived from the original Sea Buckthorn and infused with an eclectic selection of botanicals, fruits and spices. They are: Rosemary (40%); Mulled (42%); Vanilla & Cinnamon (44%); Chilli & Ginger (42%); Blueberry & Vanilla (38%); and Elderberry  & Lemongrass (42%). The remaining five gins comprise the existing range: Seabuckthorn Gin; Hop; Oak; Love; and Golf.

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.

Gordon’s

Where is it from?
Leven, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, ginger, cassia oil and nutmeg.

What's the damage?
£15 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
37.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Owned by the British spirits company Diageo, Gordon’s gin is very junipery and lemony with a clean, sharp aftertaste that works well in a G&T – which is mostly how it’s drunk. Following the flavour innovation of craft distillers, Gordon’s has jumped on the bandwagon with its recent launches for Crisp Cucumber and Elderflower gins.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Gordon's Elderflower Gin

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Gordon's Gin infused with elderflower

What's the damage?
£18 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
37.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Introduced in spring 2014, this simple addition of elderflower is a reminder of the days when Gordon's made Old Tom Gin, which used their original Special Dry London Gin and added pure cane sugar. On the palate, it is very bright and fresh with strong elderflower on the finish. On-trend and on-mark, it's built for gin and tonics, not complex mixing.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Gordon's Pink Gin

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Gordon's Gin infused with berries

What's the damage?
£16.50 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
37.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Inspired by an original Gordon’s recipe from the 1880s, the pink gin is perfectly crafted to balance the refreshing taste of Gordon’s with the natural sweetness of raspberries and strawberries, with the tang of redcurrant served up in a unique blushing tone. Made using only natural fruit flavours to guarantee the highest quality real berry taste. 

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Jinzu

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, sake, yuzu and cherry blossom

What's the damage?
£35 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
41.3% ABV

What makes it interesting?

This hybrid spirit is the marriage of British gin with the delicate flavours of cherry blossom and yuzu citrus fruit, finished by smooth Japanese sake. It was invented by the winner of Diageo's 2013 Show Your Spirit bartender competition and is now part of Diageo's Reserve Brand portfolio, alongside Johnnie Walker and Ciroc. The winning bartender receives 5% of the net sales of Jinzu from its first five years on the market, while a further 5% will go toward funding bartender initiatives. 

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Minus 33

Where is it from?
Rosyth, Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, citrus, lavender, elderflower and angelica.

What's the damage?
£30 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
33% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Despite juniper being one of the nine botanicals, the team behind Minus 33 opted for an ABV of 33% - below the 37.5% minimum requirement for gin. So technically this isn't gin; it's a 'botanical-infused spirit'. The core message is that while it is full of flavour it is lighter in calories, with only 46 cals per measure - so a slim serve. Created in a lab in Rosyth, it is distilled in Silent Pool Distillery south of the Border. The result is a fresh and floral profile. 

Distilled in Surrey, England.

Tanqueray

Where is it from?
Leven, Fife

What's in it?
Only four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice.

What's the damage?
£22 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43.1% in the UK (47.3 in US and 40% in Australia)

What makes it interesting?

Owned by the British spirits company Diageo, Tanqueray originated in England and is now produced in Scotland. It is one of Diageo's 16 ‘strategic brands’ earmarked for prioritisation in promotion and distribution worldwide – and as a result is better known in export markets rather than its home country. For example, it is the biggest gin imported to North America. Tanqueray No. Ten (47.3%) was introduced in 2000; it is distilled four times and is targeted at the martini market.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Tanqueray No 10

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice, grapefruit, chamomile, lime and orange.

What's the damage?
£40 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
47.3% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Tanqueray No 10 was introduced in 2000 and pays a little more attention to detail than the London Dry. It takes its name from the still in which the 'citrus heart' is produced, Tiny 10, which differs from the other pot still in that it is heated by a steam jacket. Fresh oranges, limes and grapefruits are used to produce the citrus heart - which explains the fruity notes balanced with white pepper spice, floral chamomile and earthiness.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Tanqueray Bloomsbury

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark

What's the damage?
£46.00 for 1 litre

Is it Strong?
47.3% ABV

What makes it interesting?

In 2015, Diageo launched a double-juniper, heavy gin created from the Tanqueray family recipe dating back to 1880 in Bloomsbury, London. The limited edition bottles offers prominent notes of Tuscan juniper.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Tanqueray Malacca

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, corinader, angelica root, liquorice, grapefruit, chamomile, lime, orange, cinnamon and clove.

What's the damage?
£50 for 1 litre

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Originally released in 1997 as a lighter, easier style companion to the iconic Tanqueray London Dry Gin, Tanqueray Malacca Gin was pulled from the market around 2001. Relaunched in 2013 by popular demand, it is a sweeter gin with less juniper emphasis and more citrus than the classic style. It has been resurrected after gradually assuming cult status among cocktail revivalist bartenders as a good substitute for the original Old Tom styles of gin. It is a sweet, spicy gin with increased levels of citrus.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Tanqueray Old Tom Gin

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, angelica root, coriander, liquorice, unaged wheat spirit, and a small amount of sweetener made with beet sugar.

What's the damage?
£40 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
47.3% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Old Tom is a style of gin dating back to 18th century England, falling between malty Dutch genever and biting London Dry. This slightly richer and sweeter version of gin was eclipsed by London Dry but now, as part of the modern cocktail renaissance, mixologists are keen to recreate authentic old-school recipes with Old Tom. Tasted next to Tanqueray's London Dry, the difference is stark: the London Dry is bold with juniper and spices while the Old Tom is sweet and the juniper is subtle.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

Tanqueray Rangpur

Where is it from?
Fife

What's in it?
Juniper, angelica root, liquorice, rangpur, bay leaves, ginger and coriander.

What's the damage?
£27 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
41.3% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Tanqueray Rangpur's unique selling point is the rangpur botanical. These citrus fruit are not true limes, but a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The fruit tastes very much like a lime; it is highly acidic but it is as juicy as an orange. The juniper blends very well with the taste of rangpur - although the lime dominates.

Distilled in Cameron Bridge, Fife, Scotland.

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