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Monthly Archives: August 2019

  1. Boozy Baking with Craft56° - Spiced Rum & Raisin Cookies

    It’s been a long time but the return of the Great British Bake Off this week has inspired us to get back into the kitchen and get some boozy baking done!

    Boozy Baking with Craft56

    It’s hardly a showstopper but we thought we’d ease ourselves back into it with some Spiced Rum & Raisin Cookies.

    We decided to go with Wester Spiced Rum as we love the full-bodied flavour of the spices, citrus zests and vanilla in it.

    Wester Spiced Rum Bottle


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  2. The History of Gin in Scotland

    Scotland is at the forefront of the current ‘gin boom’ with over 70% of the gin made in the UK being made in Scotland. This includes Gordon’s (the world’s biggest selling gin), Hendrick’s, Tanqueray as well as a host of small-batch, independent producers from every corner of Scotland.

    There are now around 100 gin distilleries in Scotland, the majority of which started production after 2009 when a legal case was won against HMRC and companies won the right to distil in small scale as opposed on an industrial scale.

    However, Scotland’s association with gin dates back much further than the last 10 years! Scotland’s love affair with gin can be traced back to the 1700s and is largely associated with Leith.

    Gin Lane by William Hogarth

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  3. Why is Gin Known as Mother's Ruin?

    With the rapid increase of craft gins emerging on the scene, we thought we'd look into why exactly is one of our favourite tipples also known as “Mother’s Ruin”?

    The phrase “Mother’s Ruin” is regularly used across the UK as another term for gin, yet the reason behind how this phrase originated remains unclear. So, to find out more, we first need to delve deeper into the history of gin.

    Throughout the Thirty Years War in Central Europe from 1618-1648, British soldiers were provided with gin to settle their nerves. At the same time, the spirit was also used in London as a medicine to treat kidney problems or indigestion. Following on from this, “Jenever” was regularly imported from the Netherlands to the UK since it was so cheap.

    “Jenever” is the traditional, juniper-based liquor from the Netherlands which was adapted by producers in England who used their own grains to produce their own versions of th

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  4. August 2019's Gin of the Month - McLean's Something Clear Limited Edition Gin

    This month our Scottish Gin Club members are enjoying a very special limited edition gin from McLean's Gin. Launched in 2017 from their one bedroom flat in the southside of Glasgow, McLean's Gin have a range of 6 gins which are made by using a cold compund method with has been popular in gin production since the 17th century.

    Their seventh gin saw their first venture into distilled gin and Something Clear was launched in June 2019.

    With only 352 bottles ever being produced, Something Clear Gin is also the first in the McLean's 'Collectors Edition' series.

    McLean's Something Clear Gin

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  5. Our Top Gifts For Any Gin Lover

    Buying gifts can be tough but with the help our handy guide to gin gift sets, you will delight the gin lover in your life!

    Over the past few years gin has become hugely popular again with drinkers of all (legal) ages from all corners of the world declaring their love for the traditionally clear spirit*. With its ever-growing popularity you are sure to know someone who would appreciate one of our gin gift sets - they are extremely hard to come by and cannot be found in any supermarket or gift shop!

    Our gin gift buying guide features gifts suitable for any occasion including Christmas, birthdays, weddings and house warmings and will suit any budget. 

    * Some folk prefer to drink gin that is pink, blue, red, orange etc in colour - we've catered for them too!

    Craft56° Gin & Tonic Gift Sets

    From: £24.

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