The current desire for small batch, hand-made, locally sourced produce is driving the demand for everything from clothes to food. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drinks market, where British manufacturing is once again becoming more and more highly sought.

First seen in the craft beer movement and now reflected in spirits, small batch gin is fast becoming a prized commodity. With this in mind we went to the Good Spirits Company on Glasgow’s Bath Street, to speak to spirit expert Matthew and mixologist Graeme about their thoughts and recommendations on some of Scotland’s up-and-coming gins.

Strathearn distillery is making waves not only in the world of gin but also the world of whisky. Scotland’s newest micro-distillery and probably also the smallest commercial distillery, Strathearn produce three main gins currently; the Classic, the Heather Rose gin and the Oaked Highland gin.
Strathearn Distillery offers a whole range of tours including a simple tour of the farm based distillery, a day spent distilling or most interesting for gin lovers – an afternoon making and drinking gin. To book a tour contact them here: info@strathearndistillery.com

Nose:

Vanilla tones, fudgey, milky flavours with a touch of pineapple.

Taste:

When neat: Rich butterscotch, hints of Werther’s Original, fairly unique flavour.

With tonic (one part gin to two parts Fever Tree): Cream soda, brings out the butterscotch but the gin flavour seems to have disappeared.

Matthew says:  “Really interesting flavours but the gin definitely disappears behind the oak, not one for gin purists.”

Graeme’s choice: “I wanted to go for a desert style drink to compliment the creamy, vanilla style flavours of the gin and also to showcase the versatility of the oak gin.”

Juniper Brownie recipe:

• 37.5ml Strathearn oak gin
• 15ml dark creme de cacao
• 10ml sugar syrup
• 15ml lemon juice
• 2 dashes angostura bitters
• Lemon rind to garnish

The Juniper Brownie

The Juniper Brownie

Strathearn Oaked Highland Gin, Perthshire, gin review
Neat65%
With Tonic63%
64%Overall Score

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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