Buy Edinburgh Gin ~ £25
Though in the summer of 2010, they released this new Gin and it’s not a leap into the unknown. After all Edinburgh has a long history of gin production, back in 1777 there were 8 licensed distilleries and its estimated that there may have been as many as 400 illegal stills in Edinburgh and the Port of Leith. [Source: History of the Port of Leith Distilleries]
As gin rose to become the fashionable spirit the Edinburgh distillers, like their London counterparts, produced gin from locally sourced ingredients.
So whilst a new gin has been produced, they have kept to the routes of scottish gin and it’s likely that some of botanicals they are using would have been used back in the 1700s. The juniper berries are scottish, alongside milk thistle, pine and heather (as well as the more traditional and other exotic citrus botanicals). It’s also produced on a small scale, in a copper still called ‘Jenny’.
The gin is presented in a beautiful bottle, with a striking simple art deco logo and is bottled at 43%. When tasting this gin it goes well in a Gin & Tonic, and does manage to hold its own in a Martini. Though as with other Scottish gins I’ve tried I don’t think it’s going to please everyone, which I think is down to some of the botanicals used. That said, it’s a nice variation on other more familiar brands out there.
Certainly worth seeking out, and you can buy a 20Cl bottle, instead of going straight for the 70Cl too.