Aberdeen distiller unveils Porter's Gin after 100-year wait

Published 2nd Sep 2015
Updated 18 th Sep 2023


A new gin is being brought to the market after three friends became the first to start distilling in Aberdeen city centre for 100 years.

Porter's Gin founders Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and bartender Alex Lawrence have spent the past few years fine-tuning their drink, undertaking hundreds of small-scale distillations in order to perfect their method and recipe.

They have been working closely with the UK's oldest distillers G&J in a collaboration to bring a premium gin to the market this autumn.

Gin has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, with 70 per cent of all gin produced in the UK said to now come from Scotland.

Their juniper-based spirit has been named after Professor Andrew Porter of Aberdeen University, who sourced cold-distillation equipment which allowed the team to extract "light refreshing flavours" from botanicals.

Mr Iravani, managing director at Monkey Bars Aberdeen, said: "Gin is enjoying an incredible renaissance worldwide and is now the drink of choice for many.

"This is down to a number of reasons, including the role of gin in the rise of classic cocktail culture.

"The gin market has almost become saturated over the past few years but the good brands are finding their way to the top.

"We are confident that we have created a unique and delicious flavour profile in our gin which will work in both classic cocktails and also stand out in the traditional GnT."

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The team have a rectifier's license, which enables them to distil part of Porter's gin within their cocktail bar Orchid, while the more traditional part is distilled in partnership with G&J distillers in Warrington, the world's oldest gin distillery.

Orchid and Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen in Aberdeen are owned by Monkey Bars Ltd and the group plan to sell Porter's within their cocktail bars this autumn, followed by a launch in London.

While Porter's is the only gin currently being produced in Aberdeen, it was not always the case. The city was once home to a number of distilleries and breweries, among them the Devanha distillery.

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