Locally sourced ingredients make Edinburgh Gin so special. Those include the finest Scottish grain spirit together with 9 other carefully selected typical gin botanicals plus some distinctive, native botanicals like pine, milk thistle and heather. Each botanical contains essential oils and, when it comes to making gin, it’s their extraction in the presence of alcohol that gives any gin its unique flavour.
The rectified white spirit is sourced from Invergordon distillery in the North East of Scotland – as it’s the perfect light grain spirit, upon which to base Edinburgh Gin. The production process then moves to the two specially-designed copper stills – Flora the pot still and Caledonia the column still – at Edinburgh Gin Distillery, located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
The alcohol has to be reduced in strength as high strength spirit would harden the skins of the botanicals and make the extraction of the oils more difficult. The impure distillate is run off into the feints vats for re-distillation.
At this stage, although the gin distillate is definitely recognisable as gin, it does not yet have the unique taste of the distinctive aromas of the final product. This only happens when we infuse the locally sourced ingredients – juniper berries, milk thistle, pin, heather and other carefully selected botanicals – which are macerated with the gin distillate at about 60% ABV. This allows the oils to mix with the original gin distillate and impart their unique flavours. For the final stage of the process, the previous liquid is reduced to 43% alcohol. It is now ready to be bottled.
The results is Edinburgh Gin – a refreshingly crisp, big juniper gin with a distinctively Scottish twist.
Since October 2016, Edinburgh Gin is owned by the independent Scottish family-owned company Ian Macloed Distillers.
Launched in 2010, this is the flagship gin. Original Edinburgh Gin is a modern classic from the contemporary capital of gin, the city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Gin is a juniper-forward London Dry gin, given a unique Scottish identity. A carefully balanced blend of 14 botanicals includes lavender, pine buds, milk thistle seed, mulberries and cobnuts. Lemongrass and lime peel contribute lively citrus notes.
Crafted in Edinburgh and Leith distilleries, this is a delightfully crisp gin with a distinctively smooth finish.
Clean, fresh and spicy on the nose. Rounded juniper, pine, floral lavender with hints of soft spice and aromatic citrus on the palate.
Inspired by the East Coast shoreline near Edinburgh, Seaside Gin is a small-batch gin which harnesses the essence of the Scottish seaside to evoke a day at the beach. Originally a limited edition, this maritime marvel now sits proudly in the core range.
Boasting a collection of native Scottish botanicals foraged from the coastline, Seaside Gin is defined by juniper, soft minerality and sweet notes. This is the first collaborations through a partnership with Heriot-Watt University’s Brewing and Distilling MSc course.
Seaside Gin is a delicately balanced gin, featuring foraged botanicals including scurvy grass, ground ivy and bladderwrack. These are complemented with aromatic spice notes from grains of paradise, coriander and cardamom.
The gin has a pleasing sweetness and light salinity on the nose. On the palate, bold juniper is balanced against sweet minerality, grassy notes and a hint of spice.
Inspired by Edinburgh’s rich naval heritage of cannons and the famous One O’clock Gun, our Cannonball Gin is a Navy Strength gin that lives up to its evocative name.
Cannonball resurrects an old style of gin commissioned by the British Navy, with this gin paying homage to the city’s seafaring history. Intensely flavoured with unique botanicals, Cannonball is a 100% proof gin defined by intense juniper and oriental spice.
Cannonball packs a punch, with twice the juniper content of the Original Edinburgh Gin. Szechuan peppercorns add a spicy note while zesty lemon and orange balance out the citrus profile.
Powerfully spirited and spicy on the nose. Bold juniper on the palate with a kick of pepper and spice, finished with lemony citrus notes.