The Gin Clan
By Fiona Laing
Scotland’s gin scene is thriving: a clan of distillers are creating passionately conceived and beautifully crafted gins, using the finest of locally sourced ingredients. We tell the stories of the spirits, where Scotland’s gin industry has come from and where it’s going.
* The gardener who found his flowers make gin that changes colour.
* The farmer who started distilling as a way to use up his wonky potatoes.
* The gin distilled beneath Edinburgh’s pavements.
* The whisky distiller who created a gin with the botanicals on its island doorstep.
Gins from crofts, towns, herb gardens and even an old vet school, we list the best of Scotland’s distilleries and their signature gins.
Fiona Laing has been writing about food and drink in Scotland for more than a decade. First whisky was the drink of choice, mainly as she worked with a Bangalore-based distiller who introduced the first Indian single malt whisky to Europe. The other spirits and wine were never far behind as she travelled the world, listening to the stories of the makers. Food editor, hotel judge, travel writer, Fiona has explored food and drink whenever her career as a newspaper journalist and PR consultant allowed.