The Old Curiosity Distillery
The Old Curiosity Distillery is based at the Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In 2012, co-founder Hamish Martin and his wife Liberty bought a derelict plot of land and transformed the overgrown lowlands into an award-winning herb nursery, local arts centre, shop and cafe. The Secret Herb Garden has over 600 naturally grown and tendered varieties of herbs that have been used to produce many natural products.
In 2016 Steve Ross, Old Curiosity Distillery Co-founder number two, joined the Secret Herb Garden as a volunteer to learn more about the incredible powers of herbs. Steve owned a successful bar in South London, and had spent two decades working within the events industry and as a mixologist.
With Hamish's extensive knowledge as a herbologist and Steve'e mixology skills, they began experimenting making gin and discovered an amazing natural reaction that changed the colour of the gin when adding tonic. The Old Curiosity Disitillery was officially launched in 2017 and produce a range of gins using botanicals grown at the Secret Herb Garden.