Scotland’s long term love affair with its legendary local whisky is suddenly under threat – challenged by the soaring popularity of the country’s cool, new craft gins.


More than 170 types of gin are now being produced in Scotland – that’s at least three awesome new varieties to try every week for a year!   And the expert tasters at must have had a brilliant time researching their list of Scottish Gins To Try Before You Die…


Here are some of their winners…


Caorunn Gin

Pronounced Ka-Roon…according to the distillers’ poetic blurb, this all-round belter combines ‘rugged Speyside charm and the urban finesse of modern Scotland!’

From: Grantown-on-Spey, Highlands
Botanicals: 11 –  including rowan berries, heather, bog myrtle, apple




Hendrick’s Gin 

#hendricksgin #sessionwithdad

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The 20-year-old daddy of them all. Once described by The Wall Street Journal as the “Best gin in the world”.

From: Girvan, Ayrshire
Botanicals: juniper, rose, cucumber

The Botanist Gin

The fresh tasting Botanist is the only dry gin from the Isle of Islay, made with a whopping 31 botanicals

From: Isle of Islay
Botanicals: 31 including 22 local botanicals



Rock Rose Gin

Summer #heatwave Dunnet beach

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Sold in a statement design bottle. Every season, Rock Rose also release a special limited edition – distilled in a copper pot called Elizabeth.

From: Thurso, Caithness
Botanicals: Varies per season, including rhodiola rosea, sea buckthorn, rowan berries

Eden Mill Gin

St Andrews is the home of golf – and of clean, sweet Eden Mill Original gin. Romantics should also try their pale pink Love Gin – produced at Scotland’s first single site distillery and brewery.

From: St Andrews, Fife
Botanicals: 13 including rose petals, hibiscus, coriander seed, raspberry leaf


Boe Superior Gin

The original is named after Professor Franz de la Boë – who created gin back in 1658, while Boe Violet Gin is Infused with violets, giving it a vibrant colour with a delicate floral taste.

From: Stirling
Botanicals: 13 including coriander, ginger, orange peel. lemon peel, liquorice, almonds



Arbikie AK’S Gin

Distilled using fresh honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie – with black pepper, mace and cardamom. Arbikie Kirstys’ Gin – made from potato vodka – has a unique taste and is named after master distiller, Kirsty Black.

From: Arbroath, Angus
Botanicals: Four including kelp, carline thistle and blaeberrie

Makar Glasgow Gin

The history of Old Tom Gin 🍸#Didyouknow Old Tom Gin was a popular recipe in 18th-century England? At this time, the British government tried to stem the flow of gin with prohibitive taxes and licensing, which drove the scene underground. Old Tom Gin emerged in an era of heavy drinking and primitive distilling, when spirits were harsh at the best of times. Keen to increase profit margins, the unscrupulous distillers of this era would add to this by cutting their spirits with turpentine and sulphuric acid, creating gins that were barely palatable and often deadly. In order to make it drinkable, distillers sweetened the juniper-laced spirit with liquorice or sugar, thus creating a whole new category. The name Old Tom Gin purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an “Old Tom”) mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in 18th-century England. Under the cat’s paw sign was a slot to put money in and a lead tube. From the tube would come a shot of gin, poured by the bartender inside the pub.

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Makar Original is the first gin to be distilled in the city of Glasgow. And the seven sides of the bottle represent the seven carefully-selected botanicals. Makar Mulberry is a subtle, fruity option,

From: Glasgow
Botanicals: Seven including lemon peel, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cassia, liquorice, rosemary, angelica root

Edinburgh Gin

Try the fragrant elderflower version – or stick with the original, zesty dry gin: its distillers recommend: Garnish with a generous wedge of 80’s Power Ballads…And sing like no-one’s watching!

From: Edinburgh
Botanicals: 13 including lavender, pine buds, mulberries, lemongrass, lime peel



So say YEY! to a wicked night out, sampling a selection of Scotland’s best new gins at the chic and buzzing Radisson RED: the gleaming Glasgow gantry you’ll just have to go back to. A-gin and a-gin…

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