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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. Sutors Scottish Highland Gin - November 2020

    This month's featured gin in our Scottish Gin Club comes from a micro distillery on a small peninsular in the Moray Firth in the north of Scotland.  

    Sutors Gin is an award-winning, characterful grain-to-glass gin which is a celebration of the Scottish Highlands in a bottle. 

    When the team at Sutors started on their gin journey they were very clear that they wanted to make the gin from scratch. This gives them full control over the processes and the spirit is tested and monitored at every stage to guarantee its quality.

    Sutors Gin

    The area surrounding the distillery is full of wheat and barley and as a nod to the farming heritage, the gin is made using the barley to give it its unique highland character.&nbsp

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  2. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - North Uist

    After leaving Colonsay we've travelled north west to the Outer Hebrides and find ourself in North Uist, home of North Uist Distillery Co. - the creators of Downpour Gin.

    Spanning and area of 117 square miles, North Uist is the tenth largest Scottish Island and is connected by causeways to Benbecula, Berneray and Baleshare. The landscape is generally very flat with the exception of the south east and is covered by peat bogs, cultivated crofts, sandy beaches and fresh and salt water lochans.

    The island is a haven for nature lovers with the mix of fresh and salt water lochs giving rise to some complex and unusual habitats. Fishing and bird watching are extremely popular past times in North Uist. 

    Lochmaddy is the largest settlement on the island with a population of around 300 people and is the where the ferries connecting North Uist with

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  3. Mackintosh Old Tom - October 2020

    The October Gin of the Month for our Scottish Gin Club members is the award-winning Old Tom Gin from Mackintosh Gin.

    With the nights drawing in and the shorter days upon us, we feel that the super refreshing gin which is distilled with grapefruit and pineapple is the perfect pick-me-up while remembering the warmer days of summer.

    This is the first time we've included an Old Tom gin in our subscription boxes so we've included a brief overview of this gin style.

    Mackintosh Gin Range

    What is Old Tom Gin?

    Old Tom gin is slightly drier than a Dutch Genever but sweeter than London Dry. It was extremely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries before falling out of favour in the early 20th centur

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  4. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Colonsay

    We've travelled further west from the Isle of Jura and are now on Colonsay - an island in the Inner Hebrides and the home of Wild Thyme Spirits.

    Colonsay lies around 20 miles from the mainland and is between Islay and Mull. Together with Oronsay, an island connected by a tidal causeway, the islands are around 10 miles in length and 2 miles wide and are home to around 135 inhabitants.

    Although small in size, there is no shortage of things to do on Colonsay, especially for the lovers of the outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts. 

    Kiloran Bay in Colonsay

    As the island is relatively flat with few steep or long hills it's great for walking and cycling. The unique climate and geology of Colonsay is perfect for wildlife and there are several distinct habitats including woodland, moorland, peat bogs, meadows, raised be

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  5. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Jura

    For the second instalment of our Island Hopping with Scottish Gin series we’ve headed west from Bute, across Kintyre to the Isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides and the home of Lussa Drinks Company.

    Jura lies adjacent and northeast of Islay and is 142 square miles in area making it the eighth largest island in Scotland. However, with a population of only 196 people at the 2011 census, it is one the least densely populated islands in Scotland.

    Isle of Jura

    While the human population is sparse, there is no shortage of deer on the island with over 6000 of them! The name Jura actually comes from Old Norse and means ‘deer island’.

    The economy of Jura centres around the island’s seven estates, tourism and distilling.

    Distilling on Jura

    There are two active distilleries with Jura Distillery being t

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  6. LinGin Yuzu Gin - September 2020

    The September Gin of the Month is Yuzu Gin which is part of the new Colours Range from Linlithgow Distillery.

    Aside from being a deliciously refreshing gin, we also wanted to showcase this Yuzu Gin to highlight how different botanical combinations impact the flavour of the gin.

    Those of you who also received our gin in August will know, one of the key botanicals in Purist Gin is also yuzu. However, this Yuzu Gin is very different in flavour to Purist Gin as the other botanicals used differ in flavour profile and quantity. You can read about the botanical mix in Purist Gin.

    LinGin Yuzu Gin  

    LinGin Yuzu Gin Key Facts

    Launched: August 2020

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  7. Island Hopping with Scottish Gin - Isle of Bute

    Like many others, due to the circumstances we find ourselves in, we have not been able to get away on a holiday this summer. Therefore, we decided to take a virtual tour of some of the stunning islands in Scotland, with a focus on their association with gin (of course!). 

    We're starting with an island that we have a close affiliation to. The Isle of Bute is just a short sail 'doon the watter' from Glasgow and also where we host the Bute Gin Festival each February.

    The Isle of Bute is a picturesque island situated in the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland.

    The town of Rothesay on Isle of Bute

    Bute is around 47 square miles in area and the home to around 6.5 thousand people (at the last census) in 2011. The majority of the population live in Rothesay, Bute’s only town, with other

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  8. Boozy Baking with Craft56° – 45 Spiced Rum & Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

    It has been a while but we've been baking again!

    Boozy Baking with Craft56

    We have not been able to get over how tasty our last bake was (the Ginger & Rum Cake) and we've found ourself making this fairly regularly over the past few weeks!

    However, we decided it was time to move on a try a fresh bake. We didn't stray too far though and opted for a Spiced Rum & Cinnamon Swirl Loaf using the 45 Spiced Rum from The Jacobites Spirits Co

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  9. Purist Gin - August 2020

    We're delighted to introduce Purist Gin to you as our August Gin of the Month. A brand new and exceptionally smooth gin with an amazing depth of flavour.

    Purist Gin Key Facts

    Launched: June 2020
    ABV: 42%
    Location: Glasgow (distilled in Arbroath)

    The Purist Gin Story

    Purist Gin

    Purist Gin is a family affair and was launched in June 2020 by Bruce Walker with the mentorship of his parents. Bruce has always had an interest in business and started his first enterprise aged 13. By the time he was 16, he was mak

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  10. McLean's Citrus Gin - July 2020

    We're excited to present to you this month a summer seasonal that should delight any classic G&T lover. McLean's Citrus Gin is our July Gin of the Month.

    Citrus Gin Key Facts

    Launched: November 2017
    ABV: 37.5%
    Location: Strathaven, South Lanarkshire

    McLean's Citrus Gin

    The McLean's Gin Story

    McLean's Gin started life in inconspicuous surroundings - a cupboard off the living room in a one bedroom flat in the southside of Glasgow to be precise! It

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