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NB, North Berwick, gin review

Published: March 7, 2015
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The current desire for small batch, hand-made, locally sourced produce is driving the demand for everything from clothes to food. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drinks market, where British manufacturing is once again becoming more and more highly sought.

First seen in the craft beer movement and now reflected in spirits, small batch gin is fast becoming a prized commodity. With this in mind we went to the Good Spirits Company on Glasgow’s Bath Street, to speak to spirit expert Matthew and mixologist Graeme about their thoughts and recommendations on some of Scotland’s up-and-coming gins.

Made using only eight botanicals, NB Gin claims that it only needs those eight to create a classic. Judging by the response they've received since their creation - winning a silver medal on their debut at the Gin Masters - it certainly looks they are doing something right.

NB claim that no matter the demand for their product they will only ever produce in small batches to ensure their gin is as close to pefect as they can make it and that it remains hand crafted. Having recently hosted the Brit awards after party, it's clear that it's that not only are gin lovers noticing them but also music royalty are too.


Big hits of juniper in the classic style. Robust and punchy, big lemon notes. Complex but clean with slight spicey tones.


When neat:

Rich with intense flavour. The juniper shines through as expected. Warm spice and quite dry and crisp. Very classic.

With tonic (one part gin to two parts Fever Tree):

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Very balanced, intense, concentrated. The body and richness come through and balance is just right.

Matthew says: "The most classic of the gins we've tried, juniper to the fore as all gins should be, great work from this new distillery. A real gin lover's gin"

Graeme’s cocktail – "A Classic Martini, it has to be, for such a classic style gin. I've added a modern twist though with a fine misting of absinthe to accentuate that anise flavour."

Martini recipe:

  • 50ml of NB gin
  • 15ml of Dry Vermouth
  • A very fine misting of absinthe
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon
Classic Martini with a misting of Absinthe

Classic Martini with a misting of Absinthe

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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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