Everyone knows that Scotland is home to some pretty amazing whisky, but these days, its the Scottish gin market that’s making a giant splash! Small craft distilleries are popping up all over the country, and even Scottish whisky companies are making their way into the gin market!
The majority of all UK-made Gin is produced in Scotland, including the biggest names in the gin market, like Hendrick’s, Tanqueray and Gordon’s. Here at the American-Scottish Foundation, we’ve been keeping cool this summer by sipping on some lesser-known, but ultra refreshing Scottish gins. Here are five of our favorites:
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Kirsty’s Gin, distilled by Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery in Angus, is a perfect treat for the August heat. Named after Arbikie’s Master Distiller, Kirsty Black, this gin is beautifully floral. A truly Scottish tipple, Kirsty’s uses potatoes grown in Arbikie’s own fields. Kelp, carline thistle, and blaeberry botanicals give the drink a taste that is simultaneously earthy and oceanic.
Though this gin is delicious on its own, we recommend pouring it into well-iced glass of tonic, garnished with muddled blueberries, simple syrup, and a sprig of thyme. Lean back, sip, repeat.
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Daffy’s Gin, made in Edinburgh, is another one of our summer favorites. It’s particularly unique for its distilling process, which uses an ancient copper pot still, typically used for whisky-making. The gin features eight different botanicals that produce a powerful and vibrant taste: juniper, mint, coriander, angelica root, Spanish lemon and orange peels, cassia bark, and orris root.
Daffy’s Gin recently took home the trophy for the World’s Best Martini at an annual competition held in London, England. So, naturally, we’d have to recommend making yourself a Daffy’s martini – shaken or stirred.
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Caorunn is a deliciously crisp gin made at the Balmenach distillery in Speyside, which is actually famous for its whisky! It’s the only gin in the world that’s made in a Copper Berry Chamber. Its unique flavor can be attributed to its use of Scottish water, traditional botanicals, and five additional botanicals with extra Scottish flair: rowan berries, heather, dandelion, bog myrtle, and caol blush apples.
Caorunn recommends serving their gin with cold tonic and sliced apples – and so far this method is proving pretty delicious for us!
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This time of year, we love being beach bums, so naturally we had to give Edinburgh Seaside Gin a try. Edinburgh Gins are produced by the Nicols of Spencerfield Spirits company, a family-run business in Scotland’s capital city. Their Seaside Gin is inspired by the Scottish coast, and employs seaweed, scurvy grass and ground ivy to give it a real summertime taste.
This gin is light and sweet, so we’ve been enjoying it with just a bit of tonic and a twist of lime! So pour one out, and hit the beach!
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The Botanist is produced at Bruicladdich Distillery on the island of Islay, and uses a huge number of botanicals to get its flowery flavor – 31 to be exact! These botanicals, which include mugwort, meadowsweet, gorse and wild mint, give the gin a powerful and unique taste. With a name like the Botanist, it’s no surprise this gin serves up a whole bouquet of flavors.
We’ve been enjoying this floral gin with a dash of rosewater, mint leaves and cold tonic. Throw in a few rose petals for a little extra pretty-ness!