In the UK we are currently going through a gin boom or a so-called ‘ginaissance’. Gin sales have reached an all-time high, with other 82 million bottles being sold in the UK last year. Traditionally more well-known for its Whisky, Scotland is said to be at the forefront of our rekindled love affair with gin. Over 70% of the gin made in the UK is made in Scotland including three of the world's best-selling gins: Hendrick's, Gordon's and Tanqueray. Many distilleries are benefiting from Scotland's unique environment and homegrown botanicals to produce true small-batch artisan craft gin. In this blog post, we will shine a light on some of the Scottish distilleries that have mastered the art of distilling premium Scottish Gin.
Since 2010, Edinburgh Gin has been committed to the art and science of distilling, and of creating innovative, award-winning gins. Based in Scotland’s capital city, they are ever-inspired by its gin-making heritage. Edinburgh Gin is a small-batch distiller that is dedicated to guiding peoples’ discovery of the modern-day gin experience and every bottle of Edinburgh Gin is produced at their West End and Leith Distilleries.
We stock a wonderful range of their gin including their fruit flavoured liqueurs. Shop the entire range here.
Balmenach Distillery was established in 1824 by James MacGregor, from a family of farmers and illicit distillers who resided in Tomintoul. Caorunn Gin, pronounced ‘ka-roon', is the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry – a Celtic botanical that forms the very soul of their gin. Caorunn is a small batch, quadruple-distilled Scottish Gin personally crafted by one man – their Gin Master, Simon Buley.
We stock their Caorunn Gin which is made using only the finest pure grain spirit, natural Scottish Water and 11 botanical gin ingredients.
Founded by the "Accidental Gin Maker", Kim Cameron, Gin Bothy is an eco-aware, award-winning distillery. Based in the Angus Glens of Scotland, the business was born into the bothy culture and it holds dear its values and traditions. The principle of respect – for mountain, river and farm – is ingrained in their work and shines through in the products they are proud to make.
We stock their award-winning Gunshot Gin as well as their Rhubarb Infused and Strawberry Infused Liqueurs.
The Botanist Gin is a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the Isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay dry gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of the remote Scottish island.
We stock Botanist Islay Dry Gin which has been created using 22 different botanicals to give a citrus-infused, floral taste.
Boë Gins have always stood out from the crowd. Each variant, whether it be Passion Fruit, Violet, Peach and Hibiscus, Bramble, Spiced Orange or Scottish Gin, delivers a distinctive and unmistakably vibrant taste. Amazing to look at and delicious to sip, Boë's award-winning gins are sure to leave a lasting impression.
We stock Boë Gin’s Violet Gin, that has been infused with violets, as well as their Bramble Liqueur and Peach & Hibiscus Liqueur.
Dunnet Bay Distillers produce premium Scottish gin, Rock Rose Gin. They are located in the spectacular bay of Dunnet, in the most northerly county of mainland Scotland. Their small-batch, truly handcrafted Scottish Gin subtly changes year on year as their selection of botanicals is dependent on the climate. It gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected assortment of local and traditional botanicals.
We stock their original Rock Rose Gin which is flavourful and fresh, zesty yet berryful with a long smooth finish.
The Eden Mill story started with a mission to revive the lost art of distilling and brewing in St Andrews. As Scotland's first single-site distillery and brewery, making gin, whisky and beer, Eden Mill spirit is created by their distillers in copper pot-stills and exhibits a wide range of flavours from botanicals sourced from the local area, as well as from around the world.
We stock their Love Gin, an outstanding blend of local botanicals and exotic fruits. This pink gin is a pale colour when poured and when diluted, sweet vanilla and floral notes are brought out.
If you have been tempted by anything you have read, then take a look at our full range of Scottish Gin here. We also stock a fantastic range of carefully selected gifts for the discerning gin lover which can be found here.