A new, premium gin created by the Old Curiosity Distillery in Edinburgh is now available in Scottish Aldi stores.

Aldi has partnered with Edinburgh-based The Old Curiosity Distillery to launch Eidyn gin – a new small-batch gin, which will be available from all 92 Aldi stores across Scotland.

The spirit is a premium gin but with a small price tag of £19.99 – (70cl, 40% ABV).

Eidyn (pronounced ee-din), named after the Scottish Gaelic for Edinburgh, has been developed exclusively for Aldi by The Old Curiosity Distillery, which is located outside of the city below the Pentland Hills.

The distillery is part of the Secret Herb Garden and was developed by owners Hamish and Liberty Martin in 2017.

The distillery uses a base spirit, which is then blended with botanicals that are grown, picked and dried by hand, from their Secret Herb Garden, to create a range of gins – from colour changing to festive tipples and wild spirits.

Eidyn gin

Eidyn has been blended with lemon thyme and lemon balm botanicals which produce fresh citrus notes followed by a crisp juniper finish.

The eye-catching bottle features a striking turquoise and gold label, and is etched with key herbs and botanicals featured in the liquid.

Speaking if his latest gin Hamish Martin, director at The Old Curiosity Distillery, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Aldi to create a new and truly unique, premium gin.

“We are a family business and we put our passion and love into everything that we do, and we believe that comes through in the quality of the products that we create.

“What makes Eidyn so special is the unique blend of fresh lemon thyme and dried lemon balm, juniper, angelica, winter savory and coriander, all of which are grown right here in our Secret Herb Garden using no chemicals what-so-ever to ensure the true essence of these fantastic botanicals are infused into every bottle.

“I love growing the botanics with all my heart, and I’ve loved creating this new gin for Aldi. I truly hope their customers enjoy it.”

Graham Nicolson, group buying director for Aldi Scotland said: “It has been a long-term ambition of ours to partner with a leading Scottish distillery to develop a new, premium gin that will form part of our core range across Scotland.

“We are extremely proud to launch Eidyn Gin, which we know can happily hold its own amongst the leading gins across the country, while carrying an exceptionally competitive price.

“It’s been a real privilege working alongside The Old Curiosity Gin on this project, and witness the skill, care and passion that has gone into crafting this delicious gin.”

Eidyn perfect serves

 

G&T

– 50ml Eidyn Gin

– Low sugar tonic

Garnish: lemon slice and lemon thyme

Cocktail

‘The South Eidyn Fizz’

– 50ml Eidyn Gin

– 25ml fresh lemon juice

– 12.5ml Elderflower cordial

– Club soda

– 8 mint leaves

Method: Place the mint leaves in the bottom of the shaker and lightly muddle.

Add the gin, lemon juice and Elderflower cordial into the shaker and shake for 10 seconds until chilled.

Double strain the liquid into a highball glass over cubed ice and garnish with mint sprig.

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Rosalind Erskine

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.

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