Edinburgh Gin: The Genesis of a Delicious Gin

It’s well-known that the Dutch who first created gin used it to give their soldiers courage hence the term ‘Dutch Courage’. In the 17th century, Leith, now part of Edinburgh, served as the main port of Scotland, and Jenever, a Dutch gin, was imported in vast quantities.

Due to the Lowland Wars in Holland, less gin was imported, and Leith changed from an importer of gin to a producer of gin. In the 18th century, Leith had over 400 distilleries. In fact, the gin craze in Scotland was greater than the more infamous gin craze in London.

Edinburgh Gin has worked hard to recover Edinburgh’s place in the gin world. As we will find out, they have done it in a unique and interesting way, and they have succeeded. In a highly competitive market, Edinburgh Gin stands out as an outstanding gin whose distillery creations have won numerous awards.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons its gins have won increasing recognition.

Edinburgh Gin: The Genius of Place

It’s become a bit of a cliché now, but many gin producers try to connect their products to place. However, Edinburgh Gin is truly a gin of its place. Few companies have truly thought out how to do this. Edinburgh Gin has done this in two ways: commitment to local ingredients and inspiration you can actually taste.

Edinburgh Gin: Taste

Edinburgh Gin uses locally sourced botanicals, which contribute to its unparalleled flavour profile. By embracing the local flora, Edinburgh Gin showcases the region’s terroir, ensuring that each sip is a sensory journey through the Scottish landscape.

Edinburgh Gin: Inspiration

Edinburgh is a city of history,  strength and distinction. The creators of Edinburgh Gin have artfully infused the essence of the city into their spirit, resulting in a gin that is as distinctive and vibrant as Edinburgh itself.

The Dutch gin, Jenever, imported to the city was juniper forward. Edinburgh Gin, their flagship gin, honours the tradition of making a juniper-forward gin.

Through its Navy Strength Cannonball Gin, it connects to the landmarks of Edinburgh, a city of strength and resilience.

Through its Seaside Gin, it connects to its coastal heritage.

But the reason for Edinburgh Gin’s success lies in something much more. It lies in its dedication to science. As Finlay Nicol, its founder and manager says, ‘Making gin is a scientific act, not happenstance.’

Edinburgh Gin: The Genius of Science

As is well known, Edinburgh was the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and much of the Industrial Revolution was influenced by the vibrancy and scientific knowledge of this city.

In its search for excellence, Edinburgh Gin has a unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the prestigious Heriot-Watt University, the only school of distilling in the UK. This grants Edinburgh Gin access to the latest technological know-how and science within the distilling industry.

Indeed, their delicious Seaside Gin was created in partnership with associates from Heriot-Watt University.

Edinburgh Gin: Home of Excellence

Despite its deep connection to the science of gin, David Wilkinson, Head Distiller, is a physical man who needs to touch, feel and taste things. Each batch of Edinburgh Gin is small batch distilled; each batch is designed by hand, using bespoke stills designed by German engineers. The result is a gin that is smooth, sophisticated, and bursting with character.

Recognition has been fast, and Edinburgh Gin is a company that has grown from 2 people to 24 within 18 years.

Edinburgh Gin: The largest Variety of Gins

Apart from its core range – Edinburgh Gin, Navy Strength Cannonball Gin, Seaside Gin – Edinburgh  Gin offers one of the largest varieties of gins on the market, catering to different tastes and preferences.

For a fruity twist, its selection of fruit gin Liqueurs is unparalleled in choice and offer a delightful combination of sweetness and tanginess that’s perfect for sipping or mixing in cocktails.

The distillery also produces limited-edition seasonal gins, ensuring that there is always something new and exciting to discover in the Edinburgh Gin range.

In a market saturated with gin, this is a company with a fearsome dedication and love for the science, history and flavour of this wonderful drink. Visit us to see our collection of this outstanding gin company. 

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