What did you do before making Edinburgh Gin?
I used to work in a bank before undertaking my Brewing and Distilling MSc at Heriot Watt University, so quite a different role to what I do now.
What made you decide to create Edinburgh Gin?
I was keen to become a distiller as it’s a creative, challenging role and I wanted to get out of an office environment. I originally wanted to become a whisky distiller, but I found that there were more opportunities to be experimental with gin.
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
We distill in small batches, perform sensory analysis and experiment with different botanicals in different volumes, combinations and ratios, until we find something that is truly exceptional – and then we refine it even further before it’s considered a finished product. Scaling the recipe up from being distilled in a miniature 2L still to a commercial sized still is part of this refinement process.
What are the distillery and distillation process like?
We have two distilleries – one in the West End of Edinburgh, and one in the Biscuit Factory, in the historic gin port of Leith. You can do distillery tours, tastings and even create your own gin at the former. Every bottle of Edinburgh Gin is distilled at these two locations. The Biscuit Factory is used for our classic Edinburgh Gin, while our limited-edition seasonal gins are distilled using the two smaller stills, Flora and Caledonia, in the West End.
How would you describe Edinburgh Gin in 3 words?
Piney, citrusy, and smooth.
What makes Edinburgh Gin different?
The care and consideration that goes into sourcing our botanicals not just from Scotland, but from around the world, has led to us producing a varied and versatile portfolio of gins, so there’s something there to suit every palate, event or occasion.
What's your favourite way to drink Edinburgh Gin?
I enjoy my gin neat, or with a touch of tonic – I find the ideal ratio is one part gin to one part tonic, which allows all the flavours in the gin to sing without being overpowered.
What's next for Edinburgh Gin?
Watch this space – we’re constantly experimenting, so there’s always something exciting in the pipeline.