With so many great Scottish Gins out there, here are even more options to try out
Did you enjoy our print gin guide but still looking for some ginspiration? Then look no further! Here are nine more fantastic Scottish gins to keep an eye out for, from the Isle of Harris, St Andrews and beyond.
Isle of Harris
Produced in: Isle of Harris Produced by: Harris Distillers
Featuring one of the most instantly recognisable spirits bottles in the world, Isle of Harris also features distinct maritime notes through its key botanical – locally harvested sugar kelp. Launched in 2015 to boost the economy of the island and create jobs, Harris Distillers now employs over 30 islanders, including a team of all home-grown distillers who make every drop of their island spirit. Featuring nine key botanicals – including the aforementioned sugar kelp – and produced using their small copper still, lovingly named ‘The Dottach’, this island gin truly stands in a league of its own.
Shetland Reel Simmer Gin
Produced in: Shetland Produced by: Saxa Vord Distillery
Shetland Reel Simmer Gin is one of three core gins produced at Saxa Vord Distillery by distiller Mark Turnbull. Inspired by the summer twilight’s in Shetland, locally known as the Simmer Dim, Shetland Reel Simmer Gin is bottled at 49% ABV placing it firmly on the stronger side of gins. Containing botanicals including orange peel, liquorice root and cumin, this silver medalist at the Scottish Gin Awards 2018 serves up well with Fever-Tree, a slice of orange, a sprig of rosemary and plenty of ice.
Tobermory Hebridean Gin
Produced in: Isle of Mull Produced by: Tobermory Distillery
Established in 1798, Tobermory Distillery has over 200 years of distilling experience under their belt. Famous for their whisky and inspired by the expressive nature of Mull, the Tobermory Distillery add a splash of spirit from the whisky stills to create a unique flavour profile in their gin. Distilled on the island with a rich selection of botanicals including juniper, tea, heather, elderflower, and sweet orange peel, their first gin was launched in 2019 and has since been lauded as the Best Scottish Classic Gin at the World Gin Awards.
Hills and Harbour Gin
Produced in: Dumfries and Galloway
Produced by: Crafty Distillery
One of the few gins in Scotland to be brewed with an in-house spirit, Hills and Harbour Gin is created over a 7-day fermentation process, utilising local wheat and water. Making use of Noble Fir needles, Bladderwrack Seaweed, juniper, tropical fruit, citrus spice and tangy sherbet, these elements combined create an aromatic blend of sea and forest, a fitting tribute to where Hills and Harbour hails from. The Galloway Forager is a unique way to enjoy this gin. Add 50ml of Hills & Harbour Gin, mixed with some Elderflower Cordial and a dash of Grapefruit Oleo to an ice filled shaker. Strain into a glass over ice and top with soda and then garnish with a sprig of Noble fir and a slice of grapefruit, to top off a refreshing cocktail.
Produced in: Dundee
Produced by: Edward Street Mill distillery
Ticking off another of Scotland’s major cities on our list is Dundee’s Verdant Dry Gin. Founder Andrew Mackenzie went through quite a career change, having previously worked in Formula 1. However, this switch in passions would soon turn into recognition from the industry in 2017, winning Scottish Gin of the Year at the first-ever Scottish Gin Awards. Heavily inspired by Dundee’s trading history and the sailing routes to and from the city, this blend of curated botanicals includes Grains of Paradise, bitter orange and liquorice and provides tasters a rich sense of citrus on the nose paired with warm, earthy undertones.
Produced in: Glasgow
Produced by: Crossbill Distillery
While the Scottish gin industry has exploded in popularity in recent years, Crossbill Gin is an established member of the scene. First established in Aviemore, Crossbill Gin was launched in 2014, before relocating to bonnie Glasgow, opening a gin school at Barras Art and Design (BAaD) in 2017. Crossbill is a unique gin for two reasons – first, it’s made with only two botanicals, juniper and rosehip, and both are 100% hand-foraged in the Scottish Highlands. The second is that the slow maceration process, as well as the watchful eyes of the gin team, produces a flavour that truly captures the spirit of the Scottish Highlands.
Seven Crofts Gin
Produced in: Ullapool
Produced by: Highland Liquor Company
When it first launched in March 2019, Seven Crofts Gin caused quite a stir before most had even tasted it due to its incredible bottle. Made with bartenders in mind, its vintage, ergonomic design oozes sophistication. Created by Highland Liquor Company in their Ullapool distillery in the far northwest of Scotland, Seven Crofts gin features seven botanicals, including pink peppercorn, fresh lemon peel and coriander seed, forged together into a beautiful London Dry Gin. Seven Crofts pairs perfectly with a high quality tonic and a slice of orange, which helps unlock the fruity and woodland undertones.
Eden Mill Original Gin
Produced in: St Andrews
Produced by: Eden Mill
Not afraid to experiment, Eden Mill have produced some pioneering and incredibly popular gins – Golf Gin and Love Gin to name a few. However, it’s their original gin that’s make the cut on this list having been awarded Scottish Gin of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards 2018. A classic London Dry-style gin, Eden Mill Original makes use of sea buckthorn berries as a key botanical, an exceptionally hardy superfood that thrives in coastal regions that adds a layer of sweetness. This ingredient is then balanced out with lemon balm and citrus peel. Best served with grapefruit and your best tonic on hand, Eden Mill Original is worth adding to your collection.
Produced in: North Berwick
Produced by: NB Distillery
A drink that puts North Berwick on the map when it comes to gin, NB Gin truly sets itself apart. Voted as the world’s best London Dry Gin back in 2015, this gin has maintained its high reputation, hailed as ‘One of the top 100 brands in the world’ by Rolls Royce and being the only gin chosen as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. This highly smooth and versatile gin can be enjoyed as a cocktail or through a simple G&T.