Did you know that 70 percent of gin produced in the UK is actually made north of the border?
It all began way back in the 1700s when the first bottles of fiery Dutch Jenever were traded in the Port of Leith in Edinburgh. Maybe it was the Scottish junipers used in the drink’s creation, but the tipple became so popular that Scottish distilleries soon appeared and began making their own versions.
Scotland has been home to many popular brands such as Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Hendricks and Pickering’s for years. But recently, Scottish gin has enjoyed the attention it richly deserves, with a 50% spike in producers in the last year alone.
That all adds up to over 50 producers across the country, from Newton Stewart in the south to Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands, in the north. You'll find a superb range of Scottish gins of various styles in our bars and shops, infused with some wonderful natural and locally-sourced organics and botanics.
18 great Scottish craft gins
It's gin o'clock and you're at the bar, trying to decide what tipple to have. You've heard about how good Scottish gins are, but how can you identify them? Let us help! Here's a few which you should look out for. If you're still not sure, then further help is at hand. Take the Gin Room Scotland Quiz and find your ideal Scottish gin.