Celebrating International Scottish Gin
Inspired by Old Norse traditions, Raven or Hrafn (Old Norse for Raven) Gin was founded by Callum and Peter Sim in 2017 after a visit to Bruichladdich Distillery. The brothers spent over a year developing their ideal flavour combination, refining and developing their recipe, testing in small batches. Using innovative technology to regulate temperature and pressure during the distilling process, they are able to produce a premium dry gin of a consistently high quality, embrace environmental concerns and reduce waste.
Arbikie Distillery is a genuine field-to-bottle distillery located on the Arbikie Highland Estate on the east coast of Angus. To minimise their environmental impact, they plant and harvest all their own ingredients and use mountain-filtered water from the estate. All production takes place on-site including the bottling, labelling and sealing which means less carbon miles are needed. They also use solar energy to power the distillery and where possible, they recycle primary waste as feed for cattle.
Set in the wild Scottish Cairngorms National Park, Kinrara Distillery is one of Scotland’s newest micro distilleries. They pride themselves on creating unique highland dry gins infused with local flora and berries that have been carefully foraged and handpicked from within the estate. For distillation they use traditional copper pot stills and everything is done by hand, right down to the bottling and packing.
Mackintosh Gin is distilled in the county of Angus, often referred to as the ‘birthplace of Scotland’ with a rich history of Viking invasions, Romans, Picts and Celts. This family-run businesses is led by Jim and Deborah Mackintosh, with the help of their three daughters who are involved in the brand and development. Drawing inspiration from local folklore, their logo is the Celtic ‘Lover’s Knot’ which symbolises the love between two people.
Lost Loch Spirits
Lost Loch Spirits is owned and operated by Pete Dignan and Rich Pierce, who came up with their distillery plan during a late-night drinking session! Located in the heart of Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, the distillery is built on the banks of the now drained Loch Auchlossan or the Lost Loch. Using locally sourced ingredients, their flavours are hugely influenced by the local history and surrounding landscape. All Lost Loch gins are small batch and made as sustainably as possible - the distillery takes a percentage of its heat and power from a solar array, biomass boiler, and a wind turbine.
The Inshriach Distillery came to fame in 2015 when they won Channel 4’s Shed of the Year. Located deep in the Cairngorms National Park, Inshriach Estate is one of the last strongholds of Scottish juniper – every berry that goes into the gin can be traced back to who picked it, the date it was picked and where it was harvested.
Photo credit: The Gin Cooperative