This season's must have drinks item - gin-filled Christmas baubles

Edinburgh craft distillery Pickering's are struggling to keep up with the demand for what they say is this season's must-have item - gin-filled Christmas baubles.

Published 10th Nov 2016
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The Edinburgh distillery has seen remarkable demand for their Christmas offering, having sold their baubles so quickly that they are having to release them in stages to meet demand.

The baubles are filled with 50ml of Pickering’s Gin and have been a product line for the distillery for two years.

Marcus Pickering, co-founder of the company, said that the Christmas-themed gin gifts started off  "as a bit of fun for a Christmas fair" but the distillery then found that customers went "absolutely wild for them".

He added that the brand sold hundreds of the baubles in minutes and so decided it must be an idea "worth continuing".


Having geared up their production to four times their anticipated sales, they have been inundated with requests from all over the country.

Dave Quinnell, General Manager for the company, said: “They’re so popular we’re having to release them in stages so that production can keep up.”

The next batch of their baubles will be released to their Ginfriends mailing list in very early December, and is set to sell out quicker than the last.

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Next year, the distillery say they will set out to make 300,000 baubles and start in early January 2017 to ensure that they meet demand for next Christmas.

The baubles are retailed in a gift pack with six differently coloured baubles containing 50ml of Pickering’s Gin (RRP: £30).

Pickering's add that should you want to be in with a chance of securing a pack, it's best to join their Ginfriends mailing list on their website, to learn about their about their general release 24 hours before anyone else.

Very limited stocks of Pickering’s Gin Christmas baubles are still currently available from a selected number of retailers, including Harvey Nichols, 31 Dover, Woodwinters Wine and Cambridge Wine Company.

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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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