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Scran episode 4: The botanics of gin - with Hamish Martin of the Secret Herb Garden

Listen to episode four of Scran, the podcast that champions Scottish food and drink.

Published: January 3, 2020
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Following last week's whisky flavour, this week Scran is all about gin - and more specifically the botanicals of gin.

On episode four, host and Scotsman food and drink writer Rosalind Erskine is joined in the studio by Hamish Martin, co-founder of the The Secret Herb Garden.

Hamish talks about growing his business from a derelict plot of land on the outskirts of Edinburgh into a specialist seven-acre herb garden and visitor centre.

He also discusses The Old Curiosity Gin, which he launched in 2017 and his collaboration with M&S which recently saw the launch of a Christmas G&T in a can.

We also get the background to Scotland's gin renaissance from Sean Murphy, Scotsman food and drink editor, and author of the acclaimed Gin Galore: A Journey to the Source of Scotland's Gin.

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Hamish Martin joins Rosalind in the studio this week

Hamish Martin joins Rosalind in the studio this week

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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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