Edinburgh-based distillery launch fun new Lemon Verbena gin for summer

One of Edinburgh's newest gin distilleries has just launched a new gin made using freshly hand-harvested Lemon Verbena from its own herb garden. 

Published 17th Apr 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The unique bottling is the distillery’s first clear gin and is the newest edition to its popular Secret Garden Range.

It is described as a 'refreshing dry gin', with a natural citrus note and a hint of lemon sherbet.

The gin also comprises base botanicals of handpicked juniper, coriander, angelica and winter savoury.

The distillery team say it is best served with a slice of lemon peel and a light tonic to allow the natural flavours and aromas to shine through.

To mark the launch, the Lemon Verbena gin has been selected by Fortnum & Mason as their Spirit of the Month with a special launch price of £33.00 per 500ml bottle.

The Old Curiosity Distillery is the most recent project from Hamish Martin, a Scottish herbologist and owner of the Secret Herb Garden – a specialist herb nursery on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and the UK’s only working gin botanical garden

Hamish said: “With the lighter nights now rolling in, we wanted to bring the first taste of summer to our fans, and what better way to do this than with a delicious lemon flavoured gin?

“This is one of our favourite gins yet and we’re thrilled with the results. The lemon verbena plant boasts plenty of health benefits; it is packed with antioxidants, protects muscles, reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system – plus it tastes delicious! So, when life gives you lemons, go for lemon verbena gin!”

The new gin joins the distillery’s original Secret Garden Range trio launched in October 2017, comprising of Apothecary Rose, Lavender & Echinacea, and Chamomile & Cornflower flavours.

All of the herbs and botanicals within the Secret Herb Garden are grown naturally with no chemicals, and are hand-picked, dried, and then infused and distilled by the team at the Old Curiosity Distillery.

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