Saturday, 30 January 2016

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin


I know, I know, this should've been a blog post about whiskey, but since I'm not much of a whiskey lover, my friend and I decided to take a tour at Edinburgh Gin instead.

I had pre-booked just before we had left for our weekend away in Edinburgh, which was a good idea as tours and experiences at this distillery sell out fast. We went on the Gin Discovery Tour which only costs a fiver and takes about an hour. There are other options as well, and even one experience where you get to distill your own gin.

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin is located under a hotel. It's not only a distillery, but down the steps you'll find a small shop and, if you're not all that interested in a tour, you can pop in for a wee drink only.

When we arrived, we were ushered towards the waiting area, which had that men only club feel to it, with lots of leather armchairs and cosy corners. The tour kicked off with a very thorough explanation on the history of gin. And not an unimportant detail; you've got us Dutch to thank for this wonderful concoction.

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin

Our lovely tour guide went on to explain what it is actually made of. And no, it is not just juniper berries. Apparently there is a lot more to it than that, and especially the Edinburgh Gin guys make a real effort to add all kinds of local herbs and roots, such as coriander, citrus peel, orris root, heather and milk thistle. We all got to smell little jars full of that.

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin

Our tour continued into the room where it actually all happens. Here, two big copper machines spit out small batches of gin ever other day. Although apparently the stuff is getting too popular for its own shoes, they now have to expand and move the process to a larger space.

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin

The tour ended with a glass of gin and tonic, which tasted absolutely refreshing and delightful, even if it was only 1pm.

A Tour at Edinburgh Gin

We were tempted to buy one of the rhubarb flavoured gins, but damn those Ryanair luggage restrictions, so we had to leave empty handed. Although the shop girl informed us that Edinburgh Gin will be hitting the Waitrose shops real soon. I will keep on checking.


6 comments:

  1. I am going to Edinburgh next weekend and planning to do this on the Sunday so it's great to hear that you had an amazing time x

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    1. Oh you will have a fabulous time next weekend! Have fun.

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  2. This sounds so great! I would love to do it, sounds so interesting. Great post! x

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    1. It was interesting and fun all at the same time. Definitely worth a visit.

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  3. I live and work in Edinburgh but I am ashamed to admit that Ive never even tasted Edinburgh Gin, I know where the Tour/Bar is located however. I will need to try it sometime after reading your positive reviews. I quite enjoy the bar next door to it called The Huxley. Maybe I will need to stagger from their to the gin bar then no doubt a taxi home! Thanks, enjoyed the read! @kirkwooddecor , Ross.

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    1. haha, I wish I knew about the Huxley last weekend. Sounds nice. But do try the EG bar as well. It was really cool.

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