A popular Highland spirits brand has launched a series of new live virtual gin school experiences to help gin fans get their juniper fix during lockdown. 

Pixel Spirits, which are based inNorth Ballachulish, say the virtual experience will allow guests to make gin from the comfort of their own living room.

Speaking about the new offering, co-founder Noru Innes explained that prior to the experience, those who have signed up will receive a brochure by email including list of botanicals to choose from as well as basic recipe advice.

On the day of the gin school, they will then join head distiller Craig who will be live at the craft distillery, which lies in the grounds of Loch Leven Hotel, via an exclusive session on Skype.

Noru added: “Craig will teach you about the key botanicals involved in gin making and you will learn how to create your own bespoke and unique gin recipe using botanicals of your choice.

“You will then be able to follow the distillation live from your screen.”

Priced at £79 for two people maximum (aged 18 and over and both from the same household as per Government social distancing rules), gin fans can watch their gin being created on one of the mini stills at the distillery’s Gin School with a full bottle of their creation (featuring a personalised label) then sent to their home.

The live schools will run on any day of the week from 1pm, 4pm and 7pm and will be subject to availability.

Co-founder Craig Innes. Picture: Pixel Spirits

Noru, who founded the distillery with husband Craig in 2018, said: “We decided to take the gin school temporarily virtual, as in these uncertain times with lockdown and social distancing, the gin lovers of the UK who would otherwise be visiting us and distilling their very own gin are unable to do so.

“Many may be at home and really looking for a fun distraction and if that includes a bottle of their own bespoke gin at the end of it then even better.”

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