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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. March 2020 Gin of the Month - Kinrara Scottish Highland Dry Gin

    This month our Gin of the Month for our Scottish Gin Club members is one of our all time favourites. Find out more about Kinrara Dry Gin and the highland distillery below.

    Kinrara Distillery

    Based in a 250 year old converted farm steading, Kinrara’s highland distillery is nestled in 12,000 acres of Cairngorm National Park, just outside Aviemore.

    Kinrara Distillery
    Photo: The Gin Cooperative

    The centuries old Cairngorm estate was founded by Lady Jane Gordon, beautiful socialite and co-creator of the famous Gordon Highlande

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  2. Mothers Day 2020 - Perfect Gift Guide

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better time to show your mum (or grandma!) just how much you love them - with a gift as special as they are. 

    Our gift guide was made with the mum’s in our life in mind and having a variety to choose from is key! Our Mother’s Day Gin Selection offer a wide selection to choose from and we’re sure you’ll be able to find the perfect Scottish gin gift. Whether it’s her favourite you’re after or you want to get her something new to try. We’ve got you covered!

    Our unique Mother’s Day Gifts will delight the mothers in your life – a day and a gin they’ll never forget!

    1. Four Marys Gin Gift Set (4 x 5 cl)

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  3. How To Taste Gin - Our Comprehensive Guide

    Here at Craft56°, we stock over 100 different varieties of Scottish Gin each with their own blend of botanicals and flavour profile. Once you’ve received your gin, can you trust just your tongue to distinguish between the variety of tastes? Keep reading if you want to know how to experience the full flavour of your new bottle of gin like a true expert.

    Small batch Scottish gins are designed and produced with care and attention to ensure that the gin provides an exceptional taste. You want to make sure that if you’ve invested in a bottle that you can experience the full range of flavours available.

    1. Choose the Perfect Glass
    First things first – your glass. The Copa de Balon glass is the recommended serving glass for a gin. The unique shape of the Copa de Balon glass collects and

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  4. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Gin Pancakes with McLean’s Citrus Gin.

    We’re bringing our boozy bakes back with a bang! We think the only thing better than pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is gin-infused pancakes on Shrove Tuesday…!

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    We used the bold McLean’s Citrus Gin to give our pancakes a refreshing kick and incorporated the gin into a refreshing sugar syrup you can recreate yourself at home!

    The recipe used makes savoury-esque pancakes so as not to be overpowered by the sweet sugar syrup – we also made easy vegan pancakes!

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  5. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – Easy Vegan Gin Pancakes with McLean’s Citrus Gin.

    We’re bringing our boozy bakes back with a bang! We think the only thing better than pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is gin-infused pancakes on Shrove Tuesday…!

    Boozy Baking With Craft56

    We used the bold McLean’s Citrus Gin to give our pancakes a refreshing kick and incorporated the gin into a refreshing sugar syrup you can recreate yourself at home!

    The recipe used makes savoury-esque pancakes so as not to be overpowered by the sweet sugar syrup. This is our easy vegan pancake recipe. We also made a

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  6. February 20 Gin of the Month - Achroous Gin

    It's Valentine's weekend and our Scottish Gin Club members are enjoying our special Valentine's box which contains Achroous Gin from Electric Spirit Co., Love Tonic and our exclusive Fig & Black Pepper Caramel heart-shaped chocolates.

    Find out more about the brands featured in our Scottish Gin Club box below.

    Achroous Gin Club Box

    Electric Spirits Co.

    Launched in 2015 by James Porteous, the distillery is based in the Tower Street Stillhouse and sits just a few yards away from the Port of Leith basin. In addition to their flagship gin; Achroous, James works with a number of bar & restaurant owners and event planners to create bespoke, limited edition liquids that combine both craft and flavour.

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  7. We've Implemented a Green Policy!

    We implemented a green policy!

    Craft56° has always ensured that in decisions we have made, we have taken time and effort to consider the environment. This has historically been a “just always do what we can” mantra which has worked up until now. We decided to write a full Environmental Policy to not only keep ourselves accountable but to assure our customers that their favourite Scottish craft drinks provider is committed to green practices.

    You can read the full policy here. It’s quite wordy, so here’s some of the interesting bits:

    Packaging

    Our goal is to use as little packaging as possible while ensuring your items are shipped safely and securely. We have reduced the amount of packaging we use when shi

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  8. Alternative Burns Night Scottish Drinks

    January can feel like a long month, especially for those who choose to take part in Dry January!

    One event that many look forward to is Burns Night and it will be upon us very soon.

    Burns Nights have been an almost annual event since 1801, with the first one being held in Burns' Cottage on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death. It was the following year that it was held in January, the month of his birthday, for the first time.

    Traditionally, Burns Nights involve haggis, whisky and recital of his poetry.

    However, don't let tradition put you off and you can still enjoy celebrating Burns Night even if you don't like haggis or whisky. In fact, Burns himself didn't limit himself to whisky and he enjoyed a number of tipples including rum, brandy, ale and port.

    Theref

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  9. January 2020 Gin of the Month - Inshriach Original Speyside Gin

    We are delighted to introduce Inshriach Original Speyside Gin - the first featured gin of the new decade in our Scottish Gin Club! Find out more about the gin and the amazing story behind it below.

    Inshriach Distillery

    Led by Master Distiller Walter Micklethwait, Inshriach Distillery is situated in the picturesque Inshriach Estate in the Highlands of Scotland. The 200 acre estate is bordered by the River Spey to the north and the foothills of the Cairngorms to the south.

    Inshriach Original Speyside Gin
    Photo Cred

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  10. December 2019 Gin of the Month - Biggar Gin

    The final gin to be featured in our Scottish Gin Club this year is Biggar Original Recipe Gin. We chose to feature Biggar during a winter month as we find it makes a mean gin and ginger ale (G&G) which is perfect for a cosy night in front of the fire! Find out more about the gin and the people behind it below. 

    The Biggar Gin Co.

    Launched in spring 2018 by brothers Stuart and Euan McVicar, Biggar Gin is located at the bottom of Tinto Hill on the outskirts of Biggar in South Lanarkshire. After growing up in the town both brothers moved away from Biggar for education and work but have slowly migrated back to settle down.

    The Macvicar brothers behind Bigga

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