Still looking for inspiration for gifts this Christmas? Why not take advantage of the exciting Scottish gin scene with these brilliant brands.

Scotland’s gin scene has never been more vibrant and as one of the trendiest, most accessible spirits around, any one of these great Scottish brands will make great gifts for any friend or family member who love gin.

Edinburgh Gin’s Christmas Gin

(Brand: Edinburgh Gin, website: www.edinburghgindistillery.co.uk, price: £35)

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Pretty much Christmas in a bottle; from the quirky festive design of the packaging – which features a wrapping paper style aesthetic and holly leaves – to the infusion of frankincense & myrrh, this is a true Christmas spirit.

A rich gin with notes of spices and sweet orange, it’s perfect for enjoying by the fire after a hearty Christmas Day feast.

Strathearn Heather Rose Gin

(Brand: Strathearn, website: www.strathearndistillery.com, Price: £29.95)

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A wonderfully unique gin from one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, Strathearn’s Heather Rose Gin is the perfect bottle to gift in the hope of getting to share it with the person receiving.

Fragrant, floral and light, with sweet and spicy notes, its beautiful mahogany colour takes on a pinkish hue when tonic is added, a little bit of festive magic in a glass.

Isle of Harris Gin

(Brand: Isle of Harris, website: www.harrisdistillery.com Price: £35)

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The bottle for Isle of Harris Gin, which is beautifully designed to reflect the Harris coastline, could be a gift all in itself. As it stands the gin inside is just as exciting.

Made using a range of traditional botanicals such as Angelica Root, Orris Root and Cassia Bark coupled with the more unusual sugar kelp – a type of flavoursome seaweed that gives the gin its coastal noted – Isle of Harris gin is truly distinctive and a great way to show your appreciation for someone you love this Christmas.

Eden Mill Love Gin

(Brand: Eden Mill, Website: www.edenmill.com, Price: £30.00)

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What better gift to give than the gift of love, well Love Gin.

Eden Mill’s pink coloured gem is a delightfully refreshing little gin made using Goji berry, Raspberry leaf and Rhubarb root.

Tones of spiced berries hint at a gin that is perfect for warming up on a cold night, while notes of vanilla and rich fruits give the drink a rich finish that will have the person you give the bottle to asking where they will be able to get more.

McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin

(Brand: McQueen Gin, Website: www.mcqueengin.co.uk, Price: £33.00)

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And now for something completely different… Ideal for pleasing any gin fan who thinks they’ve tried everything or just someone who wants a drink with a little wow factor.

McQueen’s Chocolate Mint Gin is unlike anything you’ll have tried before. Leading in with juniper notes, the finish is chocolate and mint without being overpowering.

A fun gift that’s as perfect as a base for cocktails as it is being drunk on its own.

Teasmith Gin

(Brand: Teasmith Gin, Website: www.teasmithgin.com, Price: £37.50)

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Get ahead of the curve by buying this rare gin before anyone else and offering your chosen giftee the chance to try one of Scotland’s newest gins.

The team behind it say it is “Light on the palate with a distinct, crisp freshness” and “is one of a kind”.

It’s also the first gin to use hand-picked tea; a special black tea sourced by the team provides a distinct minty sweetness when distilled.

 

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-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 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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