Pickering's festive gin baubles are back for Christmas 2020 - here's why there's a limited supply this year

The famous Pickering's gin baubles are back, but this year there won't be as many available.

Published 16th Oct 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The Pickering's gin baubles - which were launched in 2014, sold out in record time in 2016 and crashed the Pickering's website - each contain a 50ml measure of gin inside different coloured baubles - ideal for hanging on the tree.

At the time of their launch Marcus Pickering, co-founder of the company, said that the Christmas-themed gin gifts started off “as a bit of fun for a Christmas fair” but the distillery then found that customers went “absolutely wild for them”.

He added that the brand sold hundreds of the baubles in minutes and so decided it must be an idea “worth continuing”.

After such high demand, the distillery stepped up production and have since added festive flavoured gins to the baubles, including their controversial Brussels sprouts gin.

This year's baubles

Writing in their newsletter, the team at Pickering's announced the sale of this year's gin baubles but also explained why they haven't made as many this year.

They wrote: "Gin Baubles. Delicious balls of ginny goodness hanging in plain sight on your Christmas tree. Our Festively Flavoured Gin Baubles feature six different, brightly coloured, fabulously festive gins- including our eyebrow-raising Brussels Sprout bauble.

"We like to make sure we're stocked to the gunnels with our beloved baubles every year to ensure that no Ginfriend goes without.

"However, due to our production of hand sanitiser back in March (we're incredibly proud to have done our bit for frontline services), it means we haven't made as many this year.

"Our Festively Flavoured Gin Baubles are now online, make sure you get in quick!"

Each box comes with six gin filled colourful baubles, priced at £25.

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They're available on the Pickering's website as well as John Lewis, selected Scottish Sainsbury's stores and in a number of independent bottle shops.

Pickering’s Gin

Co-founded by Marcus Pickering and Matt Gammell in 2013, Pickering’s Gin is based on an original Bombay recipe dating from 1947.

Distilled, bottled, labelled and waxed from the former kennels of Edinburgh’s old Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, the building now houses Summerhall, an independent arts village. Their distillery was the first to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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