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Scottish Gins

  1. July 2019's Gin of the Month - Lind & Lime Gin

    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.

    Lind and Lime Gin

    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

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  2. What is Navy Strength Gin?

    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

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  3. Scottish Pink Gins For You To Enjoy This Summer

    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

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  4. The Teasmith Launch World's First Gin Distilled with Scottish Tea

    If you’re asked to think to of two drinks associated with Great Britain, it’s likely that the first two that will come to your mind are gin and tea. So it makes sense to combine them to make the ultimate thirst-quenching British drink, right?

    Nick and Emma Smalley, the founders of The Teasmith in Aberdeenshire, certainly thought so!

    Since 2016 The Teasmith Original Gin has been distilled with handpicked black loose-leaf Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka. However, they have also recently launched the world’s first gin made using the leaves of tea plants grown in Scotland.

    The Teasmith Gin

    The use of tea as the primary botanical in the original Teasmith recipe is linked to some little-known h

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  5. June 2019's Gin of the Month - Garden Shed Gin

    Our Gin Club members are enjoying Garden Shed Gin this month. We've been working with the team over at The Garden Shed Drinks Co. since January 2018 as we were the first online shop to stock their gin and we're delighted to finally be featuring theith flagship gin as our gin of the month!

    Garden Shed Gin Bottle

    Founded in the autumn of 2017 by friends and Glasgow Warriors team mates Ryan Grant and Ruaridh Jackson along with their wives Maxine & Kirstin, The Garden Shed Drinks Company’s concept was developed around the kitchen table following a visit to a distillery. They wanted to develop a gin that could be created in the garden shed and was inspired by botanicals f

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  6. McLean's Something Blue Gin - The Wedding Gin

    Something old, something new, something borrowed & Something Blue...

    If you're getting married or you're looking for an unusual wedding gift for a friend look no further than Something Blue Gin from McLean's Gin - the original wedding gin!

    McLean's Something Blue - the original wedding gin

    Originally crafted as a limited edition to celebrate the marriage of the makers Colin & Jessica in June 2018, there were only 150 bottles of Something Blue produced. The guests at the wedding were served up t

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  7. April Gin of the Month - LinGin from Linlithgow Distillery

    Our Gin Club members will be enjoying LinGin from Linlithgow Distillery in the sunshine this Easter weekend. Find out more about this classic London Dry style gin, the distillery and the folk behind the gin below.

    The Distillery

    Linlithgow Distillery was established in 2017 by Alyson and Ross Jameson after selling the IT support company they had run for 21 years. The first batch of LinGin was released in January 2018.

    Linlithgow Distillery Team

    The whole ethos behind Linlithgow Gin was to develop a product and brand that the town could be proud of.

    The botanicals used have been handpicked

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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