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There’s nothing quite like a G&T at the end of another long, hard day. In fact, there’s nothing like a G&T at the end of any day. Whether you like it neat, on the rocks, with tonic or mixed into the perfect cocktail, gin has long been the perfect companion for a scandalous night out, or a sinfully sweet night in.
Gin tasting in Edinburgh is a big deal. And to help you separate the botanicals from the fanatics, we’ve put together this helpful guide to gin tasting in Edinburgh.
There are two great gin distilleries in the city, Edinburgh Gin and Pickering’s Gin. Edinburgh Gin Distillery is nestled beneath the stairs at 1a Rutland Place. Having gathered some of the most seductive and exquisite gins the world has ever seen, they are a curious playground for the palate as you disappear down the gin rabbit hole. They offer three tours – the Gin Discovery Tour for the gin novice, the Gin Connoisseurs Tour for the more experienced palate, and the Gin Making Experience for master ginners.
Pickering’s is the first gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh in 150 years. The award winning, hand crafted gin is perfectly distilled at Summerhall Distillery. Next door to The Royal Dick, they offer a spectacularly smooth and flavoursome gin experience with a hint of its orient past. Tours last 45-50 minutes, and with tastings at the different stages of the distilling process, you’re sure to have a gin jolly.
If you are more interested in drinking gin, and not so much in the distilling process, then you have the option to enjoy an informative Gin tasting session right here at The Dunstane Houses. From an interesting introduction to Gin with a selection of samples to the full Scottish Gin tasting experience. The Ba’ Bar maintains a selection of craft and artisan gins showcasing the best distillers in Scotland and beyond.
The Introduction to Gin is a brief but fun history of Gin tasting. Covering the origins of the spirit and the different styles there are, all the way through the production process and the final product. You will have your senses teased with botanicals and get to make your own infusion. Tasting some house Gin and finishing with a delicious Gin and tonic of your choosing.
After covering the basics of the spirit this bespoke tasting aimed at the real Gin enthusiast. Scotland’s gin market has been on the rise and now boasts a massive, versatile and unique range. Here you will try a selection of Gin, G&T’s, make your own infusion to take away with you and understand the importance of the correct garnish according to the type of Gin being served.
Once done you’ll be ready to put your new knowledge to the test, only a few minutes along the road and you’ll be in town. The centre for many Gin-tastic bars.
With over 200 gins to choose from, 56 North is sure to have the perfect botanical mix for you. They also offer gin tasting in Edinburgh masterclasses for a gin extraordinaire. Alternatively, put the odds in your favour at Heads and Tales. The home of Edinburgh Gin, you can enjoy the distilling process while you relax with a cocktail or two. For a gin tasting in Edinburgh experience that is out of the ordinary, try your hand at cocktail mixing and gin distilling in their “Gin it yourself” special.