Scotland’s Gin Trail
In the last few years gin has become more and more popular in Scotland and the Scottish gin industry now adds £1.7bn to the UK economy. With craft gin becoming increasingly popular a new gin trail has been created to encourage gin lovers to visit Scotland and to discover the many distilleries open for visiting and tasting sessions. Here are some gin stops to make if you are in the area.
Caorunn is carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands and is expertly infused with five locally foraged gin botanicals in small batches. Discover Caorunn gin at the Balmenach Distillery.
Gordan’s Castle Gin includes botanicals that are grown for this multi award winning gin in Gordan Castle, Fochabers, Moray. You can also enjoy the freshest of food in the restaurant and buy unique products in the shop.
Edinburgh Gin is well-loved gin brand distilled in the West End of Edinburgh. Their traditional gin contains botanicals such as pine, heather and milk thistle. They have also created variations including raspberry, rhubarb & ginger and a festive Christmas gin with frankincense, myrrh and sweet orange. Their distillery is open for tours and gin making experiences.
Other distilleries in the same area include Pickering’s Gin.
The art of handcrafted gin-making is exploding and new distilleries are creating exciting and unique gins.
Distilled in Perthshire and hand-made in small batches, the makers of Persie Gin focus on the aroma the gin creates. The gin is distilled with pure glen water from the local hill and each gin uses carefully chosen botanicals to evoke emotive and comforting scents including, sharp citrus for the fruity gin; fresh herbs for the savoury gin; and almonds and vanilla pods for the sweet gin. The distillery is open for visiting and tasting sessions.
Loch Ness Gin only launched their first gin this summer and has already won a gold award the Global Gin Masters following a blind tasting competition judged by experts. The gin is blended with hand-picked juniper berries from their own land. It is beautifully bottled in a semi-translucent blue bottle and decorated with blue copper. Follow their journey on Instagram @lochnessgin.
If you happen to be in the capital or Glasgow then you really shouldn’t miss the award-winning gin bar Gin 71. They stock 71 gins, as the name suggests, and the menu includes gin flights where you can try a trio of gins mixed with different syrups and mixers. They have an array of garnishes including pink peppercorns, sage and rose petals and very friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to help you create the perfect drink to your taste.
Other bars which offer an array of gins include Alston Bar & Beef and The Finnieston in Glasgow and The Jolly Botanist and Onesquare in Edinburgh.
As Scotland produces over 70% of the UK’s gin, you are bound to find a distillery or gin bar wherever you are in Scotland. Click here to find an extensive list of Scottish gins to explore and create your own gin trail.