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Popular distillery announces opening of Glasgow gin school

Gin lovers rejoice! You can now distil your own Eden Mill gin in Glasgow's Princes Square, thanks to the opening of their Blendworks experience in the city.

Published: September 19, 2018
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The new 4090 sqft unit, which is planned to open in late October 2018, will be home to Eden Mill’s popular Blendworks concept - the first outside of St Andrews - and its new Jax bar-eatery.

Other new openings at Princes Square include Everyman Cinemas, and Kate Spade New York.

The popular Blendworks experience sees Eden Mill’s tutors lift the curtain on the gin making process, bringing the historic setting of St Andrews to a unique setting in Glasgow city centre.

Blendworks gives visitors the chance to create their very own gin by choosing their own ingredients and determining their own flavour profile.

Featuring unique cocktails designed by Eden Mill’s distillers, Jax bar will offer drinks, lunch, dinner and music from a DJ, along with a view through to the Blendworks room.

Paul Miller, director at Eden Mill, says “We are delighted that our second Eden Mill venue will be at Princes Square and we are confident that its quality and fun delivery will add to the exciting range of bespoke experiences visitors can enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, Portfolio Director for Redevco (owners of Princes Square) said: “The decisions of Eden Mill, Kate Spade New York and Everyman Cinemas to choose Princes Square is a fantastic endorsement of the high quality retailers already based here.

“The Eden Mill distillery and Blendworks in St Andrews is already listed as the number one tourist destination in Fife on TripAdvisor and we are confident that the new Princes Square outlet will become as popular.

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"Princes Square is already a favourite and ‘must visit’ place for Glaswegians and visitors to the city and Eden Mill will enhance that.”

Eden Mill picked up five awards at this year's highly-respected Scottish Gin Awards, including the top awards for Gin of the Year and London Dry Gin of the Year.

Describing the experience on their website, Eden Mill wrote: "The gin blending experience lifts the curtain on the gin making process, giving you the chance to choose your ingredients, determine flavour profiles and make your very own gin – all under the watchful eye of our expert Blendworks Tutors. Needless to say, a few “tastings” will be had in the process.

"To start, your tutor will be your tour guide through the rich, and sometimes dark, history of gin; remedies in ancient Egypt, the first commercial recipes in Holland, the rollercoaster of distilling in London, bootlegging and cocktails in the States, and the craft revolution. You will soon see that gin is no passing fad…

"Following that, the science. This will include a brief look at different production methods and a run down of ingredients. All to prepare you for the main event."

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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