Scottish company achieves world first with unique gin blend featuring gin aged in oak barrels for 10 years

A Renfrew based whisky firm is tapping into the gin market by launching a unique blend which combines what’s believed to be the oldest cask aged gin in the world with a newer spirit gin.

Published 13th Jul 2018
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Whereas most gins are only in the barrel from three months to a year, the House of MacDuff’s ‘FIFTY/50/GIN’ contains gin that has been matured in virgin oak casks for ten years before being finished in ex whisky barrels.

The idea for the unusual product came from the company’s experience with single cask whisky where the flavour and colour develops during their time in the casks.

Iain MacDuff, product development manager at House of MacDuff said: “We are really excited to have created something entirely different and obviously want to encourage people to try our distinctive blend.

50/fifty Gin
Jane MacDuff with her son Iain MacDuff with the 50/fifty Gin at their base in Renfrew. Picture: Martin Shields

"Whilst we have a depth of oak flavour from the long maturation, the addition of the newer gin lightens this and provides the dominant juniper taste that characterises the spirit.”

The company, which began trading as the House of MacDuff in 1995 after being acquired by the current owners in 1987, plans to sell the product initially via its website.

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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