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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. November Gin of the Month - Granite North Gin

    Our featured gin being enjoyed by our gin club members this month is Granite North Gin. Unsurprisingly given the name, Granite North hails from Aberdeenshire and was inspired by the rugged Highland peaks and ancient forests around the Cairngorm Mountains. 

    Meet the Maker

    Sandy from Granite North Gin

    Granite North Spirits was founded in 2016 by Sandy Matheson - a qualified engineer and a self-confessed perfectionist. Sandy is a keen hillwalker who has always been inspired by the dramatic landscape of the Cairngorms. It was while climbing Braeriach that he decided to combine his love of gin and the outdoors to create a gin that captures the spirit and freshness of the Scottish mountains. Over a year and 80 test distilla

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  2. Boozy Baking with Craft56° - Halloween Special

    Our boozy bake this month is the perfect recipe to make you feel warm inside on a cold, dark winter night. What's more, our choice of gin was inspired by Halloween too!

    Boozy Bakin with Craft56

    We've baked a Spiced Plum and Rhubarb Gin cake using Solway Spirits' Rhubarb Crumble Gin. We love the Rhubarb Crumble Gin (we normally drink with ginger ale) as it's as refreshing as it is warming and perfect for a cosy night in front of the fire. In addition, with it also being Halloween, we couldn't see past using a Solway Spirits gin given the eerie, gothic label design on the bottle.

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  3. October Gin of the Month - Kintyre Botanical Gin

    Our featured gin this month for our Gin Club members is Kintyre Botanical Gin from Beinn An Tuirc Distillery.

    At Craft56° we love Beinn An Tuirc and their ethos. Find out more about the distillery and the gin below. 

    The Distillery

    Based in a former piggery in the grounds of Torrisdale Castle Estate and built by brothers Niall and Kenny Macalister Hall, Beinn An Tuirc is an exceptionally socially responsible distillery.

    Not only do they use sustainable botanicals but their copper still is powered by their own on-site hydro-electric scheme, they plant a tree for every case sold AND they use a portion of their profits to help local community projects!

    The Gin

    Kintyre Gin Botanicals

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  4. Boozy Baking with Craft56° - Two Autumnal Equinox Recipes

    Can you believe it’s almost the end of September already? It feels like only a few days ago since we were all basking in Scotland’s summer heatwave! Now that the leaves are beginning to change colour and the nights are slowly but surely beginning to draw in, this month we’re bringing you two cake recipes which are simple to bake but sure to impress!

    Boozy Baking with Craft56

    Our first recipe, a G&T Drizzle Cake, is an ideal way to wave goodbye to summer and those summer days spent in the garden with your favourite tipple. It’s a light cake that’s straightforward to make but still packed full of your favourite gin and citrus fruits!

    If you fancy something more autumnal and warm

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  5. September Gin of the Month - Hills & Harbour Gin

    This month, our Gin Club members are enjoying Crafty Distillery's Hills & Harbour Gin. Find out more about the gin and where it's made below.

    The Gin

    Hills & Harbour Gin is made tasty by the forests & coastlines of Galloway – the perfect larder for the ingredients use by Crafty Distillery to produce their flagship spirit.

    Hills & Harbour Gin with Bon Accord Tonic

    A London Dry style with 9 classic botanicals distilled with 2 locally foraged botanicals - Noble Fir from the Galloway Forest and Bladderwrack Seaweed foraged from the shores of the Solway Firth. 

    Sweet and peppery juniper is balanced with hints of fore

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  6. Boozy Baking with Craft56° - Banana Rum Bread

    To celebrate the return of Great British Bake Off tonight, we thought we would try our hand at creating our own showstoppers featuring some of our very own spirits in the recipes!

    Each month we'll make a different bake or cake using one of our Scottish craft spirits.

    Boozy Baking with Craft56

    After plenty of research and taste testing, this time we’ve chosen to start with a Banana Rum Bread recipe. Simple to make to ease ourselves in but still packs plenty of flavour. Could it be worthy of a Hollywood handshake? We’ll leave that for you to decide!

    We’ve included our recipe below, so feel free to join in and impress your own judges (aka friends and family) wit

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  7. The History of Rum in Scotland

    Craft rums are well and truly on the rise in Scotland, with some experts predicting that the spirit could even follow in the footsteps of the ongoing gin revolution. But did you know there are some connections between rum and Scotland that date back as far as the 17th century? Here we’ll provide a brief history of this connection, and outline some of the latest Scottish craft rums for you to try!

    Scotland’s Rum History

    Before delving any further into rum’s ties with Scotland, we’ll first outline how rum is produced. Essentially, the spirit is made by distilling cane juice along with other by-products released during the processing of sugar. Rum was initially distilled by European Colonists and African slaves in the Caribbean as far back as the early 17th century and was then introduced to England via sailors and returning travel

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  8. Scottish Gin Brands Celebrate Success at the International Wine & Spirits Competition

    Scottish gin was once again recognised on the world stage this week when the winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) were announced.

    Winning an award at the IWSC isn’t easy. The judging panel is a handpicked panel of industry experts from across the globe who put the products to the test through a rigorous two-stage process which takes place over seven months of the year. The process involves blind taste testing as well as a chemical and microbiological spirit analysis.  

    We’re absolutely delighted for all the Scottish gins who picked up a medal, especially the brands that we work closely with. Find out more about each winner and the gins below.

    The Glasgow Distillery Company

    Since being founded in 2014, The Glasgow Distillery Company is no stranger to an award and they scooped an amazing four medals including 3 silvers and a bronze for the Makar Gin range. 3 out of the 4 g

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  9. July's Gin of the Month - Illicit Gin

    Our featured gin this month is Illicit Gin from Illicit Spirits. Our gin club subscribers are currently the gin along with handmade spiced caramel gin infused chocolates made by the Sugarsnap.

    Launched in April 2018, Illicit Gin is the first creation from Illicit Spirits, a true urban craft distillery based in Glasgow. Find out more about the Illicit Spirits story below.

    Illicit Spirits Illicit Gin Bottles

    The Distillery

    Established in 2017 by Darran Edmond, an experienced distiller, the Illicit Spirits distillery is located in a railway arch in the Tradeston area of Glasgow. The distillery is home to a traditional direct-fired copper pot still which was made by a Portuguese coppersmith.

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  10. June's Gin of the Month - Lundin Distilling Gorse Gin

    This month our Craft56° gin club members are enjoying the extremely refreshing Gorse Gin by Lundin Distilling - perfect for long summer evenings.

    Lundin Distilling Gorse Gin

    Gorse Gin is the combination of a love for the Fife coast and the science of botanical profiling. Together they create a soft, fruity gin with great length and a distinct character. This uniquely long gin is pushing the boundaries of the spirit.

    Founded by Iain Brown, Lundin Distilling have collaborated with a renowned distiller (formerly of Sipsmith and currently with Arbikie) to produce Gorse Gin in their 500 litre still.

    The gin is distilled and bottled in Fife to capture the flavour and beauty of a Scottish summer in every bot

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