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Pickering's gin, Edinburgh, gin review

Published: March 30, 2015
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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.

Edinburgh’s first gin distillery in 150 years has a lot to live up to but with a great location, Summerhall distillery already looks well on its way to  making its mark. Perhaps the best weapon in Pickering’s arsenal is their 60 year-old original Bombay recipe which has been tweaked and perfected for the modern palate.
Should you be interested you can visit the distillery in Edinburgh with guided tours and tastings also available on certain days. To find out more you can email the team at


Pot pourri and classic gin. Juniper, coriander, big flavour, nice citrus background


Neat: Orange fruit flavours, dry, nice dry finish. Parma Violets.

With tonic (one part gin to two parts Fever Tree):  Summer's day flavours, easy-going, classic sweetness and Orange fruits.

Recommended garnish: Pink grapefruit

Matthew says: "A nice easy going gin, that's perfect for a warm summers day."

Graeme's choice: "I've chosen the 50/50 Martini, because Pickering's and St Germain are quite floral and I'd like to see how that would work in a Martini style serve."

50/50 Martini recipe:
• 37.5ml Pickering's gin
• 37.5ml St Germain (elderflower liqueur)
• Stirred down over ice
• Garnish with lemon peel

The 50/50 Martini

The 50/50 Martini

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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