Pickering's launch new tartan gin for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

An Edinburgh gin producer has launched a new tartan bottling in celebration of The Royal Military Tattoo which takes place in the capital this month.

Published 2nd Aug 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Launched exclusively for the event, the‘Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Gin’ is made with the base of Pickering’s along with four additional Scottish botanicals - heather, Scots pine, bog myrtle and milk thistle.

Matt Gammell, co-founder and head distiller, commented that this is the first time the gin producer has incorporated Scottish botanicals into their blend: “Scottish botanicals are not part of Pickering's DNA. Our inspiration is derived from an original Bombay gin recipe that dates back to 1947.

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
Picture: Pickering's

“Key Pickering’s botanicals, like cinnamon, cloves & cardamom are a far cry from indigenous Scottish botany. However this year's “splash of tartan” theme for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo posed an experimental opportunity not to be missed.

“This is our own take on a classic Scottish Gin, incorporating the characteristic Pickering’s punch.”

"We hope our collectable half bottle will delight the thousands of visitors to the city as much as the locals who enjoy the fireworks emerge from the Castle Esplanade every evening in August”.

Retailing for £20, Pickering's say the new gin is available from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo shop on Cockburn Street, directly from Pickering’s Summerhall distillery and online.

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