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Craft56° Blog | Scottish Gins and Craft Drinks Explored

  1. March Gin of the Month - Devil's Staircase Spiced Gin

    The featured gin this month being enjoyed by our Scottish Gin Club members is Pixel Spirits Devil's Staircase Spiced Gin from North Ballachulish in the north west Highlands.

    The Distillery

    Founded by husband and wife team, Craig and Noru Innes, the micro distillery has been self-built from scratch (with the help of various family and friends) in the shell of a 17th century A-frame barn which is situated on the grounds of the Loch Leven Hotel in North Ballachulish.

    Craig Innes Head Distiller at Pixel Spirits 

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  2. The Kip Marina Gin Festival - 5th & 6th April 2019

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    The Kip Marina Gin Festival is back bigger & better for 2019! 

    Join us at the Chartroom Restaurant to celebrate and enjoy a selection of some of the best Scottish gins from small-batch producers from across the length & breadth of Scotland. With stunning panoramic views over the marina and the Firth of Clyde, there is no better place to enjoy a weekend of gin-filled fun!

    Friday 5th April

    Gin Pairing Dinner
    7.00pm for 7.30pm 

    Enjoy a 4 course meal in the function suite at the Chartroom. 

    Each course has been expertly infused with a different Scottish gin to complement the dish and will be served with the chosen gin and r

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  3. February Gin of the Month - Glaswegin Original Gin

    This month, our gin club members are tasting the new Glaswegin Original Gin which was launched in December 2018. Since its launch just two months ago, it was been so popular that it is among the most popular gins in our bottleshop.

    The Gin

    Glaswegin is a contemporary gin that has been created to celebrate the City of Glasgow.

    Despite Glasgow’s history and tradition for innovation, nobody had yet invented a truly Glaswegian gin and when the founder of Glaswegin found himself discussing the irony of Edinburgh Gin appearing in Glasgow bars one too many times, he knew it was time for Glasgow to have a truly overt Glasgow Gin.

    The aim was to create a frank, no frills, yet distinctive gin, representative of its namesake.

    Glas

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  4. January Gin of the Month - Teasmith Original Gin

    Our chosen gin of the month for our gin club members this month is the Teasmith. Hailing from Aberdeenshire, Nick and Emma Smalley, the creators of Teasmith Original Gin, were inspired to form a gin that captured the essence of the land and stories that surrounded them. Therefore, they produced Teasmith – the first Scottish gin to use tea as a primary botanical.

    Why tea?

    The use of hand-pick Ceylon Tea was influenced by the regions largely unknown rich historical links to the tea-trade. James Taylor, a young man from Auchenblae in the North East of Scotland, was known as the 'Father of Ceylon Tea' as he planted the very first tea plantation in Sri Lanka over 150 years ago. It was Taylor who started the process that transformed the island into one of the finest tea-growing regions in the world.

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  5. December Gin of the Month - McLean's Spiced Gin

    It is only right that in December our gin club members are enjoying a gin that is described by the maker as 'Christmas in a glass'. McLean's Spiced Gin is a seasonal addition to the McLean's range.

    McLeans Spiced Gin - Christmas in a glass

    The Gin

    Generally only available from November to January (although it's exclusively available year round from us!), the Spiced Gin is an incredibly versatile gin that is as warming as it is refreshing making it ideal to enjoy sitting in front of the fire on a cold winters night.

    Capturing the flavours of Christmas, classic botanicals are combined with allspice, spicy ginger, fresh pine, sweet cinnamon and clove to produce an exceptionally warmi

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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