Gin is the new fashionable thing. The gin industry is booming like never before with fifteen new distilleries opening in 2014 alone and gin sales jumping by 18% during 2015. More than just a revival, gin has been reborn with vigour and there is no way back.
New gin bars, new gin events, new gin specialists, new brands, new gin review websites, anywhere that is well respected will have at least a few extra brand options for the gin lover these days. Great bars and restaurants are launching gin menus as well as quite a few new exciting gin cocktails.
Scotland is never behind when it comes to food and drink. Especially during Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and drink. The industry is exceptionally vibrant despite the fact that consumers pay 79% in tax, the highest for any alcoholic product. Looking at the UK as a whole, British gin accounts for 20% of the world’s supply. It’s pretty impressive.
At Luxury Scotland we have selected a few exciting Scottish brands with completely unique backgrounds and histories that represent different areas of Scotland. If you love gin and are serious about learning more about Scottish gin, you must try these. You can’t have an opinion without trying at least 5 of the country’s most successful brands.
A cask aged gin from Gleann Mór made with juniper, angelica root, coriander seed and orris root, aged in American oak casks ex-whisky casks. Launched on 24 April 2015 and less than a month later, it has found its way into high-end bars and specialist shops around the UK, Firkin gin is released in limited batches of around only 250 bottles at 46% ABV.
Wild, foraged and distilled: 22 foraged island botanicals hand-picked locally and sustainably on Islay. The gin is made at Bruicladdich distillery on Islay.
Nestled below the stairs of Rutland Place in the capital, sits their gin distillery. They have a wonderful selection of gins and are definitely a destination to gin lovers visiting Edinburgh.
Named after the Goddess of gin, Daffy’s is created using the finest French grain spirit, distilled on an ancient copper pot whisky still. It mixes classic ingredients such as juniper, coriander seeds, cassia bark with newer botanicals like Lebanese mint and rare varieties of lemon. Exceptionally fresh and smooth.
Multi award-winning, marvellously mixed gin hand-crafted at Summerhall Distillery, the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. It is based on an original Bombay recipe, kept secret since 1947.
Strathearn Distillery, near the village of Methven in Perthshire, is probably Scotland’s smallest whisky and gin distillery. Winners of “Scotlands Craft Spirit of the Year” 2015 for their Oaked Highland Gin. They also have the pleasure of having “Scotland’s Young Distillery of the Year”, 22 year old, Zak Shenfield, overseeing, designing and distilling all their spirits.
Caorunn is a small batch, quadruple-distilled Scottish Gin personally crafted by one man – Gin Master, Simon Buley. Using only the finest pure grain spirit, natural Scottish Water and 11 botanical gin ingredients, he personally crafts each and every bottle of Caorunn.
Boë Superior Gin is lovingly created in small batches under the watchful eye of their Master Distiller, where 13 rare hand picked botanicals and spices are infused in the finest neutral grain spirit, liberating the full flavours of triple filtered Boë Superior Gin, creating a high class gin, characteristically citrus with extraordinary balance and smoothness.
Their site in St Andrews, Scotland, is part of history. The legendary Haig family first made whisky there in 1810 and they continue that tradition over two hundred years later. They are a craft brewery and distillery, the first in Scotland.
Glasgow’s first whisky distillery in over a hundred years is making its mark not just in the world of whisky but also in the world of gin. Carrying on the tradition of whisky distilleries creating great small batch gins. Makar is produced in small batches in ‘Annie’ the distillery’s own copper pot still.