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Gin Tasting at Edinburgh Gin Distillery

By Sarah Frost – 7th October 2020
What I loved about Edinburgh Gin Distillery:

The intimate setting, fantastic presentation and of course, trying the gin.


Worth paying a babysitter?




To learn something new about gin, and to find a new favourite tipple.


Value for money:

10/10 for gin fans.

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination for a city break. If you’re looking for things to do in Edinburgh, then one of my recommendations would be a tasting at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery. It’s central


It would be easy to miss the entrance on Rutland Place if it weren’t for the large banners outside with the classic monochrome EG logo. The building was a lot smaller than I expected, but the company is expanding soon into much bigger premises with some exciting additions to the tasting experience. You do need to pre-book a ticket because each session has space for just 8 visitors.


We were led through a dimly lit corridor into the large tasting area. It had a cosy, intimate atmosphere which I really liked. There were 4 tables for 2 set up, with a good distance between them. We did visit with my parents and so it would have been nice to have the option of moving our table closer to theirs, but it didn’t affect the experience. Each table was laid with tasting cards, a dish of garnishes and a selection of miniature bottles. I fully expected the palate cleanser in the middle to be tap water, but it’s actually a classic G&T to sip in between tastings.


Chloe was our host for the session and she was brilliant. She talked for around 45 minutes, but we were captivated the entire time. The presentation includes a history of gin, most of which I’d never heard before. You’ll find out where the term Dutch Courage comes from, and why gin is known as Mother’s Ruin. There was a Gin Craze in the 1730s where the average Londoner was drinking 2 pints of gin a week! It was also interesting to learn why gin has had a resurgence in the last 10 years. It’s due to a change in legislation which enabled small distilleries to set up business, when previously sales were restricted to large retailers. Hence the influx of small-batch gin distillers providing us with an extensive range to try. I’m definitely a fan of the law change!


The history lesson is interspersed with tastings of some of the Edinburgh Gin range; 4 in total. We started with the 1670 London Dry, before moving onto the Cannonball. This is a Navy strength gin coming in at an eye-watering 52.7% ABV! You taste each gin neat, before mixing with some tonic and garnish, and despite its strength (or maybe because of it), this was our favourite. The third gin was their Gooseberry and Elderflower gin, described as the gin equivalent of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. And finally, was the popular Raspberry Liqueur, much sweeter and just 20% ABV so it’s easy to drink on its own on the rocks.


After the tastings you’re able to go and view the stills more closely. They’re behind glass panels so you can see them bubbling away throughout the presentation. At this point, your session is finished, and you can visit the shop. You receive a goody bag per couple which was a special touch and includes a 10% voucher for the shop. It also applies online in case you’re travelling with just cabin luggage.


The tasting at the Edinburgh Gin Distillery is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours and their new premises promise to be even better. I’ll certainly be arranging a return visit! This experience would suit a couple, friends, a hen do or, as we found, a lovely treat for you and your parents.


To book tickets visit: https://www.edinburghgin.com/distilleries-and-tours



Sarah x


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!


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