Monthly Archives: July 2019
This month our Scottish Gin Club members are enjoying the delightfully refreshing Lind & Lime Gin from the Port of Leith Distillery – the perfect G&T for a summer evening.
Port of Leith Distillery
Established by two friends in 2017, Port of Leith Distillery is situated just a stone's throw from the docks where for many centuries a vast array of goods came into Scotland including spices, botanicals and spirits including Jenever from Holland and rum from the Caribbean.
Currently based in the Tower Street Still House which is shared with anot
The story behind what we know today as navy strength gin began during the first ‘gin boom’ in the 18th century.
The Royal Navy legislated that there had to be a certain amount of gin on each vessel while they were sailing on the high seas. Gin was required on board to help fight illness and diseases which were rife.
However, some of the officers were suspicious of the gin, especially as the quality varied so much from city to city and felt it had been overly watered down.
In order to test the gin was of an acceptable quality, it was tested by lighting a mixture of the spirit and gunpowder. If it burned with a clear flame this was ‘proof’ that the spirit was of sufficient standard (at least 114 proof or 57% ABV in today’s terms). Failure to light or a smoky flame were signs that the spirit was below the required strength.
Despite links to the 18th century, the term ‘navy strength gin’ is actually a marketing cr
While the demand for traditional style gins is continuing to grow (there are now over 250 Scottish gins), we're also seeing the rise of Pink Gins which have been becoming increasing popular over the past few years. It's just been announced that you can buy Pink Gin Ice Cream!
Many of the Scottish gin distilleries that we work with have released their own take on the fruity and floral pink gin style so we thought we'd showcase some of our favourites.
What is Pink Gin?
Pink gin originated in the mid-19th century and consisted of Plymouth Gin, a dash of Angostura bitters and was commonly garnished with some lemon rind. It was the addition of the bitters that gave the gin it's pink colour.
It is thought that pink gin was created by members of the Royal Navy to help make the consumption of Angostura bitters more enjoyable as they were used as a treatment for sea sickness in 1824 by Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siebert. The addition of Plymouth Gin, a sli