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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Posted: July 25, 2018|Categories: Scottish Gins
Scottish gin was once again recognised on the world stage this week when the winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) were announced.
Winning an award at the IWSC isn’t easy. The judging panel is a handpicked panel of industry experts from across the globe who put the products to the test through a rigorous two-stage process which takes place over seven months of the year. The process involves blind taste testing as well as a chemical and microbiological spirit analysis.
We’re absolutely delighted for all the Scottish gins who picked up a medal, especially the brands that we work closely with. Find out more about each winner and the gins below.
The Glasgow Distillery Company
Since being founded in 2014, The Glasgow Distillery Company is no stranger to an award and they scooped an amazing four medals including 3 silvers and a bronze for the Makar Gin range. 3 out of the 4 g
Our featured gin this month is Illicit Gin from Illicit Spirits. Our gin club subscribers are currently the gin along with handmade spiced caramel gin infused chocolates made by the Sugarsnap.
Launched in April 2018, Illicit Gin is the first creation from Illicit Spirits, a true urban craft distillery based in Glasgow. Find out more about the Illicit Spirits story below.
Established in 2017 by Darran Edmond, an experienced distiller, the Illicit Spirits distillery is located in a railway arch in the Tradeston area of Glasgow. The distillery is home to a traditional direct-fired copper pot still which was made by a Portuguese coppersmith.
Highball, lowball, stemless, flute...Copa de Balon? Find out more about the latest glass shape you need to compliment your perfect G&T.
Picture the scene: You’ve made it to the weekend (congratulations!) and you’re about to pour yourself a glass of your favourite gin. You add your preferred tonic, plenty of ice, and maybe even a little garnish for that finishing touch. Ideal.
While many of us choose the first and largest glass available to us, choosing which glass to serve your G&T in can actually make all the difference to its final taste. Traditionally, gin and tonic is served in a Tom Collins glass. With its long shape, this glass can easily hold your favourite G&T. However, the problem with the Tom Collins is that the glass shape can melt the ice more quickly which dilutes the taste.
Dry January has come to an end and many of you will be ready to crack open the gin for the first time in 2018 this weekend.
While it’s a great feeling to have reached the end of your month of abstinence we’re sure that you’ll be feeling some guilt that your new (albeit temporary) lifestyle change has come to an end!
If that’s the case then why not make yourself feel better by drinking a gin that benefits other too?
We’re extremely lucky in Scotland to have an ever-growing number of quality, socially responsible craft gin producers. Below we’ve picked out some of our favourites.
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