Scotland’s national rugby team launch their very own gin

Scotland's national rugby team hope that supporters will try their new gin.

Published 8th Nov 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Rugby Union stars Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Fraser Brown got together to craft a new special edition flavour of the gin.

The trio combined cotton thistle and milk thistle - which both feature on the SRU badge - alongside juniper, black cardamom and spicy floral notes.

A 50cl bottle of Scottish Rugby Milk Thistle Gin will cost £32.50 and has been made in cooperation with the team's official gin partners at Eden Mill.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said that the players came up with the flavour during their new gin blending experience.

He said: "Our recently launched gin blending experience, Blendworks, was the ideal place to get the Scotland team involved right from the beginning.

"Botanically speaking, black cardamom was a unanimous favourite during the boys' Blendworks session, so of course we had to work this in to the final recipe.

"Although at first Scottish Rugby and Eden Mill Scottish gin may seem an unlikely unity - there are vast parallels to be drawn between them.

"Dedication, skill, expertise and home-grown ingredients are all required to be at the top of your game.

"We know that Scottish Rugby fans also happen to be massive Scottish gin fans, with 50,000 Eden Mill gin and tonics expected to be served at Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby home games over the course of the season.

"Now fans will be able to celebrate by buying a bottle of their favourite tipple created by their favourite players."

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The drink is available via the firm's website, an onsite shop and will also be sold at pop-up shops throughout Scotland from late November.

The gin will be available in bespoke bottles with an artistic impression of the Scottish Rugby logo and Scottish Rugby tartan topper.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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