Scotland has not only become synonymous for the production of Whisky, but Gin as well. While I am a lover of Gin, I am not a lover of Golf, however, the two apparently go together like…well, like gin and golf. With 70 percent of the UK’s gin made in Scotland, there is no wonder that through competition, the quality and variety has improved to such an extent that Scotland is now considered to be one of the great gin producers of the world.
This Summer, St. Andrews will host a week-long Scottish gin celebration of Scottish Gin, showcasing gin makers from around Scotland. From Crossbill in Argyll to Pickerings in Edinburgh, from Strathearn in Perthshire to Rock Rose in Dunnet, there is huge variety and a tipple to suit everyone.
“Scottish distilleries are leading the way throughout the world in the development of great tasting, innovative and exciting craft gins. It is a privilege for us to able to showcase these in such a great setting. St Andrews is recognised throughout the world as the home of golf. From today we hope it will also be known as the home of Golf Gin.” – Paul Miller, Managing Director of The Eden Mill Distillery
Scott Ferguson, lead distiller at Eden Mill, said of the newly launched blend that:
“We were looking to achieve a refreshing yet interesting summer gin with layers of flavour, ideal for the season – a gin for the town to be proud of as it welcomes thousands of visitors for the Open Golf Championship in July.
“For that bit of extra spice we included some hickory wood in with the botanicals. Our friends at the St Andrews Golf Club company, who make fantastic traditional hickory golf clubs, inspired us with that idea and we are so delighted with the outcome we decided to name it Golf Gin.”
Golf Gin comes in a limited-edition run of 10,000 traditional white ceramic bottles and is available online and from specialist shops now.