Glasgow & Greater Glasgow

Bardowie Gin

Where is it from?
East Dunbartonshire

What's in it?
Juniper and locally foraged botanicals

What's the damage?
£38.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Hazell & Hazell Bardowie Gin was created by husband and wife team Mark and Alison Hazell at their home in Bardowie. Following success with their micro-brewery, founded in 1998, they have used botanicals foraged from around Bardowie Loch in this small batch, London Dry style gin. Their next expression, Tideline Gin, uses bay leaves hand-picked from the family garden. This gives the gin a savoury character when combined with the other botanicals of coriander and celery.

Gins in the Bardowie Gin family:
Bardowie Gin
Tideline Gin

Distilled in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Crossbill

Where is it from?
Glasgow

What's in it?
Juniper and Rosehip

What's the damage?
£38 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43.8% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Crossbill is a handcrafted dry gin produced uniquely with 100% Scottish juniper and rosehip. It is distilled in a copper pot still. The gin takes its name from the Scottish Crossbill, a native bird, which, like its juniper supply, can only be found in the ancient Caledonian pine forests of Scotland. Formerly produced in Aviemore, in 2017 the team moved to a purpose-built facility at Barras Art and Design in Barrowlands, Glasgow, allowing them to expand and increase the volumes of each batch produced. On discovering that one of the Crossbill's juniper specimens was over 200 years old (very rare in Scotland), the team brought out a single specimen juniper gin - Crossbill 200. As a result, the release was extremely limited and each bottle cost £85. It has an ABV of 59.8% which enables maximum flavour penetration with fresh pine and juniper essence. 

Gins in the Crossbill family:
Crossbill Gin
Crossbill 200 Gin
Crossbill Staghorn Sumac Gin
Crossbill Pineapple Gin
Crossbill 3D Juniper Gin (for That Boutique-y Gin Company)

Distilled in Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland.

Drover's Gin

Where is it from?
Forth, South Lanarkshire

What's in it?
Juniper, citrus fruits, thistles, heather, pink peppercorns and allspice.

What's the damage?
£36.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
40% ABV

What makes it interesting?

The Wee Farm Distillery is found in a small livestock farm in the hills of Forth in South Lanarkshire. The first product is Drover’s Gin, created in ‘Morag’, a 30 litre micro still. This gin celebrates Scotland's rich agricultural heritage with a locally produced Scottish gin that brings the natural flavours of the hill to your glass. The spirit is distilled, bottled and labelled on site.

Distilled in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Garden Shed Gin

Where is it from?
Glasgow

What's in it?
Juniper, blackberries, dandelion root and lavender

What's the damage?
£41.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
45% ABV

What makes it interesting?

Garden Shed Gin was created by two rugby players - Ryan Grant and Ruaridh Jackson - and their wives, who use 14 botanicals in their gin, some of which are home-grown in the west end of Glasgow. The team is passionate about  gin and the environment and supports local charities including Trees 4 Scotland and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. 

Distilled in St Andrews, Fife.

Makar Glasgow Gin

Where is it from?
Glasgow

What's in it?
Juniper, rosemary and black peppercorns

What's the damage?
£39.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
43% ABV

What makes it interesting?

It is a new age of distilling for Glasgow with the opening of its first gin distillery in over 100 years in 2014, situated at Hillington Business Park. Named Makar Glasgow Gin after the Gaelic word for poet or bard, it is juniper-led and contains rosemary and black peppercorns among its botanicals. The team also produced two limited edition gins, both with a base of Makar Gin. One has been rested in European Oak virgin casks for 10 weeks, giving the gin smoky notes with a peppery finish. The second gin is a Mulberry Aged Gin, where the mulberry wood adds a hint of lemon, thyme and vanilla with a peppery finish. Makar Old Tom revives the tradition of the old-fashioned, sweeter style of gin which has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

Gins in the Makar family:
Makar Glasgow Gin
Makar Oak Aged Gin
Makar Mulberry Aged Gin
Makar Old Tom Gin
Makar Double Cherry Gin

Distilled in Glasgow, Scotland.

McLean's Gin

Where is it from?
Glasgow

What's in it?
Juniper, fennel, anise, cubeb berries and orange

What's the damage?
£34.00 for 70cl

Is it Strong?
37.5% ABV

What makes it interesting?

McLean's Gin is one of the smallest commercial gin producers in Scotland with the gin made in a cupboard off the sitting room in a one-bedroom flat in the south side of Glasgow. From start to finish, everything is produced by hand in nano-batches including bottling, labelling, wax sealing and stamping.

Gins in the McLean's family:
McLean's Signature Gin
McLean's Floral Gin
McLean's Citrus Gin
McLean's Spiced Gin
McLean's Cherry Bakewell Gin


Distilled in Glasgow, Scotland.

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