Scran season 6: The Scottish Gin Boom

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 16th Sep 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

This week on Scran we're revisiting a topic close to our hearts, Scottish Gin.

Making gin, selling gin, promoting gin, writing about gin and well, drinking gin - we've got it all this week.

But we're also asking if gin's time has come. Are we passed the peak and is gin's time in the sun drawing to a close?

First up Rosalind speaks to Sean Murphy, whisky and gin expert and author of two books on Scottish gin.

Sean has been researching the very best in Scottish gin particularly and he talks about why he thinks the industry has flourished in recent years.

Next up is Jamie Shields from Summerhall Drinks Lab in Edinburgh.

Jamie just so happens to host the Talk Gin Podcast with Sean.

Rosalind caught up with him about all the wonderful and sometimes weird things he gets up to with alcohol and they discuss whether rum may be the new gin.

Finally on this week's episode Rosalind speaks to Natalie and Martin Reid of the Gin Cooperative and founders of the Gin Cooperative Awards to get their take on how the Scottish gin industry is doing, where it might be headed and how their awards offer a unique insight into quality Scottish gins.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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