Pickering's introduce range of new fruity and floral gins - and they're perfect for summer picnics

Pickering's has added a range of new fruity and floral gins to its collection.

Published 29th May 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Pickering’s have launched a range of four brand new 200ml bottles of flavoured gins, which are ideal for socially distant drinks in the garden or park.

The new Pickering's gins have been released as a follow up to the success of the brand's festively flavoured gin bottles that were a huge hit over the Christmas period, and featured a Brussels sprouts gin.

What flavours are the new gins?

The bottles are available in: Blood Orange & Caraway, Strawberry & Black Pepper, Lemon & Basil and Forget Me Not Gin expressions.

Made with 100 per cent natural flavours and colours, the gins are handcrafted at the Pickering's distillery at Summerhall venue.

As well as being available individually, the distillery has launched three perfect serve sampling kits, that include a duo of gin bottles, four Fever-tree bottles and the fresh fruit garnish for the gins.

These “just add ice” packs follow the popularity of the distillery’s G&T Survival Kits that deliver all of the ingredients for their perfect serve G&Ts straight to customer’s front doors.

With convenience as an important factor to many during lockdown, these kits have been exceptionally well received by those looking for creature comforts in their own home.

Marcus Pickering, co-founder and head of export says: “Reuniting with friends and family is the real pleasure over the next few weeks, but we hope that our new flavoured gin kits can add a special touch to the occasion.

"Just pop a few plastic glasses and ice in your bag, and you’re off”.

New flavours poll

The flavours were decided by a poll of the distillery’s “Ginfriends” mailing list, where the gin company received almost 4000 suggestions for new flavours.

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When asked how they narrowed the flavours down, head distiller and co-founder Matt Gammell remarked: “it became very clear that there was a huge demand for flavoured gins across a broad spectrum of the gin world- the floral, fruity, sweet and citrusy all featured heavily, so we decided that we would make four to suit everyone.

"The idea behind the smaller size is that you can pick and mix between them, they’re the perfect way to have a gin in your cupboard that suits any mood”.

Where to buy

The 200ml bottles have an RRP of £12 and sits at an ABV of 37.5%.

All four expressions are now available in Scottish Sainsburys stores and online for an introductory offer of £10 for a short time.

The Perfect Serve Picnic Kits are available now for delivery across the UK.

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Tasting notes

Pickering's give the following tasting notes for each of the new gins,

Blood Orange & Caraway gin: A vibrant citrus top note leads way to aromatic caraway seeds, bringing a mild peppery note to the palate.

The finish is long and sweet, with subtle fennel intermingling beautifully with the subtle sweetness of ripe blood orange peel. Perfect in a G&T with a slice of orange or try in a Negroni for a decadent cocktail serve.

Strawberry & Black Pepper gin: Decadently sweet and sumptuously fresh, this delightfully moreish naturally coloured and flavoured pink gin is the perfect picnic playmate.

The unmistakable berry note on the nose leads to a vibrant strawberry taste on the palate and a spicy kick of black pepper on the finish. Perfect in a G&T with slices of fresh strawberry and a crack of black pepper.

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Lemon & Basil gin: Initial lemon zing on the palate leads to a delightfully savoury and herbaceous finish with hints of lemon sherbet sweets and limoncello liqueur. Best served as a G&T with a slice of lemon and a fresh basil leaf, or straight up in an ice-cold martini.

Forget Me Not gin: Delicate Forget Me Not flowers combine with heather for a lightly floral nose. Fragrant coriander, anise and fennel dance over the palate for our signature Bombay character.

Lemon myrtle adds a soft sweet citrus reminiscent of sherbet lemon and retro icing-sugar coated travel sweets. Perfectly paired with premium tonic & a lemon twist or edible flowers.

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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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