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Monthly Archives: September 2019

  1. September 2019's Gin of the Month - Drookit Piper Gin

    Our chosen gin of the month for the gin club members this month is the newly launched Drookit Piper Gin from Pixel Spirits.

    Given the weather we've experienced this summer, it only seemed right that to mark the end of summer we featured a gin that takes its name from the Scots word 'Drookit' which means absolutely soaked or drenched, a fairly regular occurrence in the area of Scotland where the distillery is based!

    The Distillery

    The Pixel Spirits distillery is based in the grounds of the scenic Loch Leven Hotel in North Ballachulish in the north west highlands. Craig and Noru Innes, a husband and wife team, converted a barn into their micro-distillery which houses Orsetta (meaning Little Bear), the i-still that helps Craig produce the tasty liquids in batches of less than 100 bottles. Craig and Noru have recently converted another outbuilding to house the Pixel Spirits Gin School where you can create your own bottle of gin.

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  2. Top 10 Facts About (Scottish) Gin

    Here in Scotland we have a proud history of producing quality spirits. For many years Scotland has been synonymous with whisky and while our whisky is still second to none, over the past few years we've seen the dramatic emergence of Scottish Gin as a category in its own right.

    Take a look at our top facts about gin (and Scottish gin) that will impress even the most knowledgeable gin connoisseur!

    1. The name gin is a shortened form of genever which is derived from juniperus, the Latin name for the juniper berry

    2. Juniper berries are not actually a berry, they are a fleshy seed cone. Aside from use in gin production, juniper berries are commonly used as a spice in European cuisine.

    Juniper Berries

    3. The mass appeal of gin dates back to the 17th century when the Dutch used it as a medicine. However, the earliest k

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