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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Cairngorm Gin Company - Experience the spirit of the Scottish Highlands

    The Cairngorm Gin Company

    Launched in 2019 by Jack Smith, Cairngorm Gin was inspired by the land he lives in with his family. Jack was born and raised in the valley of the River Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. His family has lived in the Cairngorms National Park for decades, sharing a love and respect for the outdoors and the flora and fauna that surrounds their home.

    From an early age Jack showed a passion for cooking and he followed his father, grandfather and wider family by entering into the hospitality and catering industry. When growing up, Jack showed an interest in sourcing the finest local ingredients to creat culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. He went on to work with number of Michelin-star chefs but he had an overwhelming desire to return to his roots in the Scottish Highlands. 

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  8. Deerness Distillery Scuttled Gin - June 2020

    We're heading north this month with our featured gin for our Scottish Gin Club members coming from the Orkney Islands. An area of outstanding beauty, Orkney is made up of around 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited by approximately 22000 people.

    In the Parish of Deerness on the east mainland of Orkney you'll find Deerness Distillery, a small craft distillery owned by Stuart and Adelle Brown. The distillery was built by Stuart and Adelle (with the help of friends and family) in 2017 and it is thought to be the first new distillery of its kind on Orkney since 1885. The distillery produces a range of small batch liqueurs and spirits including our featured Gin of the Month; Scuttled Gin.

    Stuart and Adelle Brown of Deerness Distillery

    Scuttled Gin Key Facts

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  9. Choosing A Whisky for Beginners

    There is a wide range of whisky bottles out there, but while it leaves whisky lovers spoilt for choice finding the right one can be overwhelming. This is especially true for the uninitiated. If your first experience with a Scottish whisky is to order up a 20-year-old drink, that may likely be the last time you’d do such. Choose your Scotch wisely.  It is unlike the regular spirit drink so your choice matters a lot.

    What to Look Out for in a Bottle of Scotch Whisky

    Even if you’re not a big fan of Scotch whisky, there are countless reasons why you should place your order for at least a bottle. You might want to gift it to a friend or make your home bar look stocked. In order to get your money’s worth, there are a few factors you may want to consider. These include age, alcohol strength, type, and selection process.

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  10. Alternatives to Tonic - A Definitive Guide

    Alternatives to tonic
    When you think of gin, the next words you usually hear are “and tonic”. It’s like they were made for each other but why do we pair gin and tonic when other spirits are usually paired with sweeter soft drinks?

    What if you don’t like tonic? Are you destined then to live a devastating gin-free life? Absolutely not! While history tells us the perfect mixer for gin is tonic, we’re not ones to always follow the crowd. Let us walk you through some of our favourite alternatives to tonic and fling open the door to the world of gin for all!

    Alternative to Tonic Graphic

    First of all: why tonic?
    Why is gin mixed with tonic? Let’s go back to very beginning.

    The ingredient that gives tonic its iconic tonic taste is called quinine; an anti-malaria d

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