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.
After the success of Gin o’clock at The Dunstane and a sold out Gin Festival in October, one thing is certain. 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.
Visit a distillery or two
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.
Shaken, Not Stirred
If you are more interested in drinking gin, and not so much in the distilling process, head on down to one of the many gin-tastic bars throughout the city for a gin tasting in Edinburgh experience you’ll never forget.
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.
If gin tasting in Edinburgh sounds like a lot of hard work, and you simply want to enjoy a relaxing G&T or a cocktail or two, make your way to the The Stane Bar at The Dunstane. Specialists in Scottish luxury and hospitality, you can enjoy the perfect selection of Scottish gin without any of the gin-tasting work.