Scran episode 10: The community spirit behind Scotland's favourite gin - with Iona Cairns

Listen to episode ten of Scran, the podcast that is passionate about Scottish food and drink.

Published 14th Feb 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Unless you've been living under a rock, you won't have escaped the seemingly unstoppable rise of Scottish gin.

One brand that seems to encapsulate the ethos of championing not just local produce but a sense of community is the Isle of Harris Gin. Produced on the island at the newly opened distillery, the gin is known for its unique flavour - created with the main botanical sugar kelp - and eye-catching blue bottle.

This week Rosalind Erskine chats to Harris gin's brand ambassador Iona Cairns about the gin's creation, rise in popularity, what happened when they ran out of bottles, and why you should visit the distillery if you have a sweet tooth.

Gaby Souter, The Scotsman restaurant critic, is also in the studio with her must-visit restaurants of the month (and some to avoid).

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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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