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6 new Scottish gins to try this autumn

Many Scottish distilleries have released, or are set to launch, new gins.

Published: September 10, 2021
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The boom in Scottish gin doesn't appear to be abating, with many new gins and flavours being launched.

Here we take a look at a selection of new gins to try as the nights draw in.

The Machrie Gin

Stylish Islay hotel, The Machrie, recently launched its first premium own-label Scottish gin The Machrie Gin in partnership with Isle of Islay Gin.

The artisan gin has been crafted using a mix of botanicals including sorrel foraged directly from The Machrie’s world-renowned dunes to create a refreshing flavour.

The zesty spirit pairs well with elderflower tonic and a squeeze of pink grapefruit.

Guests of the hotel can purchase a bottle of The Machrie Gin to take home, retailing at £39.50 for a bottle.

Boe Gin

This well loved gin brand has recently released a range of new flavours.

Boë Rasberry and Sweet Basil and Boë Bramble are available this month and will appeal to those who love a punchy flavoured gin.

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Find out more at Boe's website.

Height of Arrows gin

The team at Edinburgh's Holyrood distillery have launched a new gin.

Inspired by its position in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, the new gin that is rooted in the whisky making process.

Launching this month, Height Of Arrows is a gin that has been created with whisky in mind.

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Drawing on the idea that whisky’s myriad of flavours rely on just three ingredients, Height Of Arrows doesn't have numerous botanicals, with just juniper being showcased.

Height of Arrows is priced at £34.95 and available at Royal Mile Whiskies.

Inverclyde Port Strength gin

This coastal gin was created as a tribute to Inverclyde - to showcase the area's rich nautical history.

A limited edition, Inverclyde Gin - Port Strength Gin is inspired by the strong people, shipbuilding and naval heritage of Inverclyde.

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It also has an interesting brand story - located at Latitude 55.9°N, Inverclyde’s town of Port Glasgow played a pivotal role in Inverclyde’s naval past.

The team wanted to reflect the town, their home, and thus have perfected Port Strength Gin of 55.9% ABV.

The gin is priced at £38.99 and available here.

The Gin Bothy smoked gin

Scottish gin brand, The Gin Bothy, recently launched a new smoked gin, with botanicals that are smoked in a fisher smoke house in Arbroath.

250 bottles of this first edition smoked gin have been produced, and the team say this is the only smoked gin made in a protected designation of origin area, using a Smokie ‘bothy’,

Alex Spink and Sons have been making smokies in Arbroath since 1977.

They worked with Gin Bothy Founder, Kim Cameron applying their traditional smoking techniques to juniper, orange peel, coriander and lemon which were then distilled, creating the Gin Bothy’s first smoked gin.

Full strength, rich in flavour, Gin Bothy Smoked Gin is 100 per cent natural and sugar free and is classed as a London dry smoked gin, with a burnt orange deep citrus forward with the smokiness following.

Served with a light tonic and a slice of orange it is the perfect companion to Scottish smoked salmon and smoked game charcuterie.

Gin Bothy Smoked Gin is priced at £35 is available from the Gin Bothy website and the Bothy larder shop in Glamis.

Pickering's Pumpkin Spice Latte gin

Edinburgh based distillers, Summerhall Distillery, announced the launch of the new Pumpkin Spice Latte gin flavour as an addition to their handcrafted Pickering’s Gin range.

Distilled at Summerhall Distillery, Pickering’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Gin is based on the original recipe for Pickering’s 1947 Gin.

The gin is described as a classic London dry with a warm and spicy kick.

The PSL gin is priced at £10 for 20cl and can be bought online at the Pickering's website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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