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Scottish Gin

Scotland might be more traditionally known for its whisky, but with a huge revival of drinkers' interest in gin, the gin industry now boasts an International Scottish Gin Day. 

The reputation of Scotland's gin distilleries is distinguished, with many of them winning tasting awards. The high-quality of Scottish gin is unsurprising, given the country's long-standing history of gin production. The first gin distilleries serving Edinburgh were founded in Leith in the 1700s. The port enjoyed good trading connections with the Netherlands, vital because the Dutch ran the spice routes which were essential for the ingredients to make the spirit. Today Scotland produces the majority of the UK's gin, including well-known brands like Gordons, Hendricks and Tanqueray.

Scotland is also home to many craft gin distilleries. Some of the distilleries go as far as to name their stills. Edinburgh Gin has two named 'Flora' and 'Caledonia' and the makers of The Botanist gin on the Hebridean island of Islay call their still 'Ugly Betty'. The Botanist is a great example of a Scottish gin. As with all gins, juniper is the main ingredient, but other botanicals like gorse flower and apple mint are hand-foraged on Islay and give this dry gin a unique flavour.

Gin maker Wild Thyme Spirits based on the island of Colonsay are so passionate about the spirit they offer a gin-lovers retreat. The sheer variety of Scottish gins is exciting, with each bottle distinctly linked to both the unique land and sea terroir of this beautiful land.

 

Scotland might be more traditionally known for its whisky, but with a huge revival of drinkers' interest in gin, the gin industry now boasts an International Scottish Gin Day.  The... read more »
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Scottish Gin

Scotland might be more traditionally known for its whisky, but with a huge revival of drinkers' interest in gin, the gin industry now boasts an International Scottish Gin Day. 

The reputation of Scotland's gin distilleries is distinguished, with many of them winning tasting awards. The high-quality of Scottish gin is unsurprising, given the country's long-standing history of gin production. The first gin distilleries serving Edinburgh were founded in Leith in the 1700s. The port enjoyed good trading connections with the Netherlands, vital because the Dutch ran the spice routes which were essential for the ingredients to make the spirit. Today Scotland produces the majority of the UK's gin, including well-known brands like Gordons, Hendricks and Tanqueray.

Scotland is also home to many craft gin distilleries. Some of the distilleries go as far as to name their stills. Edinburgh Gin has two named 'Flora' and 'Caledonia' and the makers of The Botanist gin on the Hebridean island of Islay call their still 'Ugly Betty'. The Botanist is a great example of a Scottish gin. As with all gins, juniper is the main ingredient, but other botanicals like gorse flower and apple mint are hand-foraged on Islay and give this dry gin a unique flavour.

Gin maker Wild Thyme Spirits based on the island of Colonsay are so passionate about the spirit they offer a gin-lovers retreat. The sheer variety of Scottish gins is exciting, with each bottle distinctly linked to both the unique land and sea terroir of this beautiful land.

 

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