After years of being the boring drink your parents drank, gin is back in the game! And Scottish gin is hitting the big time. With 70% of gin consumed in the UK made in Scotland, gin is hot on the heels of whisky to become the new national spirit.
That's why Persie Distillery is worth a visit. We are a small, family-owned distillery just north of Blairgowrie in Highland Perthshire. The first spirit ran from Phil the Still (!) in March 2016, and the distillery opened to the public four months later. We now welcome visitors throughout the year.
Developed by the man behind the world's first touring gin club, Gin Club Scotland, he found that gin-lovers demand more than a nice taste. They need aroma! So he has developed three aromatic styles of gin: Zesty Citrus; Herby & Aromatic; and Sweet & Nutty Old Tom. All three styles are hand-crafted in small batches - then bottled and labelled on site by Simon the distiller and his apprentice Tim - and any friends and family they can rope in. Simon's mum has even come out of retirement to join the bottling line!
So come and meet the family, see a small craft distillery in action, enjoy a nosing and tasting gin flight of three aromatic gins, or buy your gin-loving friends a gift from our range of gin merchandise. Not forgetting drivers, non-drinkers, and children! Take your pick from coffee, tea, or soft drinks - with plenty of crisps, nuts, or biscuits to keep you going.
It all happens in a steading-turned-distillery in the former Persie Hotel on the A93 - the highest public road in the UK and the main tourist route from Perth to Aberdeenshire. Just a 40-minute drive from Pitlochry, Perth, Dundee, Braemar, or Dunkeld, the distillery is seven miles north of Blairgowrie, at the foot of Glenshee.