As passionate advocates of the joys of gin, many of us have gone so far as to visit a boutique London distillery on a Saturday afternoon, inhaling the spicy aroma of juniper and sampling the many ways in which to mix this most British of spirits.
However, the manufacture of this once London-centric tipple has extended beyond the capital and happily for us, ventured North. So popular in its creation has it become, Scotland now has its very own dedicated gin trail, launched by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
From Glasgow to the Highlands, there's 17 stops to choose from, meaning your next Scottish weekend break might be an exciting, yet boozy one.
British gin is synonymous with London. However, in recent years, more than two-thirds of the UK’s total gin production has moved outside the capital . Scotland is now at the heart of the British gin industry, home to two of the world’s largest brands (Gordon’s and Tanqueray) but also to an array of craft gin distillers: currently more than 25. In the past two years, half a dozen new craft gins have reached the shelves, from names such as Crossbill and Heather Rose. There’s even a fresh venture to celebrate from the Isle of Jura, where three women have established Lussa Gin, using 15 botanicals from the hills and lochs, woods and coastline of the island. To reflect this rise in Scottish craft gin, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched the Scotland Gin Trail.