It can be hard at the best of times picking a gin for the gin drinker in your life (of course, our recommendation would always be Scottish Gin) and with a growing selection of Scottish Gins and Scottish Gin based gifts, we’ve done all the legwork so you don’t have to.
We’ve covered festive, seasonal and limited edition Scottish Gins, Scottish Gin gift packs and more – all to help you stay in the good books this Christmas. We really are spoilt for choice with some fantastic products. So if you’re like us and love gin, chances are you’ll be picking up a few things for yourself too! If you want even more choice, then check out the 350 gins in our Scottish Gin directory here.
Distilled at the award winning Borders Distillery, as you might have guessed located in the Scottish Borders town of Hawick, William Kerr’s Borders Gin is one of select few gins that uses a grain to glass distillation. The same base spirit that is used to create their whisky is also used in their gin. The result is a creamy, malty gin loaded with citrus botanicals.
Its namesake was taken from William Kerr, a talented yet humble botanist who lived in Hawick, home of The Borders Distillery. William left his home to explore The Orient and the Indian Sub-Continent, seeking new species of plant to send back to Europe.
The gift pack features a 70cl bottle of William Kerr’s Borders Gin and two attractive branded glasses, all housed a beautiful wicker hamper-style box with leather straps and finished with a black and gold ribbon. We love that hamper can be repurposed.
Back for Winter 2019, Hrafn Gin Winter Edition features the same delicate London Dry base as award-winning Hrafn Gin Thought & Memory, which includes mandarin as a signature botanical. The gin is then infused with Royal Green Horanji Frankincense and Premium Omani Myrrh, sourced directly from premium growers in the Middle East, to give a deep well-balanced mystical fragrance and etherial taste. A perfect partner to your glass of prosecco or champagne this Christmas.
If you missed out on any of the limited edition Creative Collection gins from Rock Rose in recent months, why not get your hands on their Creative Collection miniature gift pack, which contains four 5cl bottles of Clootie Dumpling Gin, Apple & Lavender Gin, Coastal Edition Gin and Jam Doughnut Gin. Sure to be a hit in any household.
With Christmas crackers getting a hard time for containing too much unnecessary plastic packaging and contents, these festive themed crackers are completely recyclable with paper packaging and glass contents. Rather than end up with unwanted junk from your Christmas crackers, why not open and enjoy a miniature 5cl Original Edition Rock Rose Gin on Christmas Day and you can feel good about the zero waste! If you missed out on the
Hailing from the award-winning Isle of Skye Distillers, Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is a seasonal gin that combines a number of traditional festive flavours more commonly associated with mulled wine. The botanicals are soaked in a rich Italian Amarone red wine prior to distillation, creating a mulled wine flavour profile with a traditional hit of juniper. Serve with tonic, a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick for the ultimate festive tipple.
Back once again for Christmas 2019, but this time with a twist. A green twist to be precise. Originally released in 2014 at the Summerhall Christmas Fair in Edinburgh, the Pickering’s Gin filled baubles proved a huge success, shifting a few hundred in the first few hours.
Available in packs of six, 2019’s baubles now feature special edition festive inspired gins including Plum & Ginger, Spiced Pear & Cinnamon, Christmas Clementine, Figgy Pudding, Festive Cranberry and Brussel Sprout Gin. The Brussel Sprout Gin in particular caught the attention of the media and the gin community.
Distilled in the shadow of Ben Wyvis in the Scottish Highlands, Christmas GoodWill Gin from GlenWyvis is an oak cask finished spiced gin. Thanks to its seasonal flavours of cinnamon and rich dried fruits, this helps create a welcome winter warmth with every sip. Using a total of nine botanicals, this limited edition Scottish Gin was made for sharing at Christmas.
The perfect hassle free Christmas present – a combination of the Pentland Hills Gin thermo mug, 5cl miniature, artisanal vegan chocolate with Marshmallows or Orange and topped with supergarden freeze dried Raspberries. The gift comes with a recipe card to create the perfect Panza Winter Warmer and it is all wrapped in Pentland Hills Gin tissue paper and recyclable cellophane, a nod to their distillery’s sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
Why not discover exactly what Scottish Gin has to offer by downloading one of four free posters from our website. We have a Scottish Gin Poster with 350 Scottish Gin Expressions, a Scottish Gin Timeline Poster so you can see how far Scottish Gin has come in the last 20 years plus two Scottish Gin Maps, one which identifies all the Scottish Gin business locations and one which identifies all the Scottish Gin Distilleries. The perfect way to plan for 2020 Scottish Gin experiences and road trips!
Fjórir is the old Norse word for four, which is the number of Orkney Distilling gins you’ll find contained within this special gift box… the ideal Christmas gift for that gin loving friend.
It’s a quartet of premium spirits representing the journey taken by signature Kirkjuvagr Gin and the evolution of Orkney Distilling. The signature Kirkjuvagr is here, along with its storm-strength version Arkh-Angell, the summery Harpa and the spicy Aurora. Each is distinctive in character, yet unmistakably Orcadian in origin. A voyage through Orkney’s seasons and moods, Fjórir offers something for everyone. Pack contains 5cl miniatures of the Kirkjuvagr, Aurora, Harpa and Arkh-Angell.
Created at The Old Curiosity Distillery, which sits in the secret herb garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh, their Christmas Gin features crushed juniper and coriander along with Winter Savory and Angelica leaf, which are macerated before distillation. Other botanicals used include Cinnamon, Ginger and Cardamom delivering a punchy festive flavour profile. The colour then comes from freshly-harvested Poppy and Mallow petals, giving this gin a lovely red Christmas glow. This year’s Christmas Gin comes with a bespoke Gin Spiced Shortbread recipe developed by Bake Off winner Ruby Bhogal.
The perfect stocking filler, table touch or festive gift, the Glaswegin Christmas Cracker offers a premium touch, with a hidden 5cl of Glaswegin for your perfect Christmas compliment.
Glaswegin was born out of the city that invented the world, but yet yearned for a truly Glaswegian gin. The gin to take ownership of the back bar of Glasgow, providing the essence of the city in a bottle, Glaswegin is crafted with 8 carefully selected botanicals.
The perfect winter warmer, this Mulled Gin is infused with cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices, which can be enjoyed neat over ice or with ginger ale. Or why not try it warm with a splash of apple juice for those cosy winter evenings by the fire!
The perfect gift for gin lovers, the new ‘grow your own garnish’ gift pack contains an easy to use herb planter crafted from the iconic The Botanist bottle. The self-watering herb planter can be used to grow garnishes from seed or to house pre-potted plants for a plentiful supply of local, seasonal garnishes for your Botanist & Tonic. Giftpack includes 70cl The Botanist Gin, herb planter and a foraged cocktail booklet.
Understandably the team at Isle of Harris Gin have expanded their glassware range to now include Martini Glass Twin Set, Highball Glass Twin Set as well as the original Tumbler Glass Twin Set. So which ever way you prefer to drink your Harris Gin: short, tall or in a cocktail, there’s a glass for you. Why not push the boat out and treat yourself to the full Gift Set, which includes a bottle of Harris Gin too. Made in collaboration with Wrześniak Glassworks, each of these sophisticated glassware pieces is unique, having been handblown, shaped and polished in traditional fashion.
This aptly named Ice Cube gift pack is a perfect square of Esker gin goodies. The Esker decorated gift pack has icicle cut outs of along every aside, providing a sneak peak of the brightly coloured bottles inside. Each cube contains 4 miniatures, including Esker Original, Esker Gold (also know as Honey Spiced) and their latest expressions, Silverglas Valencian Orange and Silverglas Scottish Raspberry.
A limited edition seasonal gin, Red Door Highland Gin with Winter Botanicals, is the first seasonal edition gin from Benromach Distillery. The gin has been created to capture the winter season and is distilled using allspice, sultanas, hop blossom, blood orange and sea buckthorn. The botanicals blend to create a warming, fruit and spice flavour profile that delivers a gin described as being the perfect winter warmer on a cold, dark winters night.
The festive Makar Gin Stars are back for a second year and the pack contains four glass star decorations. Makar Original Dry Gin can be found in the two blue stars and Makar Old Tom Gin inside the two red stars, all finished with ribbon so you can hang these anywhere you like, before or after drinking the contents! Both gins are distilled in the heart of Glasgow and have picked up a wide variety of awards.
Orkney Gin Company have created a new special limited edition Lemon Gin, dedicated to a Prisoner of War Camp that housed Italian prisoners, which was based in Burray, where the Orkney Gin Company gins are produced. This is a fresh gin, with predominant lemon zing, followed by juniper warmth and sweetness. The gift box also contains the perfect tonic pairing of Franklin & Sons Rosemary Tonic with Black Olive, which should be served over ice with a sprig of rosemary or an olive.
The Scottish Gin Dogs Calendar for 2020 was created out of love for the many distillery dogs up and down the country. It not only shines a light on some of these adorable pooches, but each month represents a Scottish Gin brand or Scottish Gin related business, a cocktail and a charity of their choice.
Some of the businesses and their chosen charities include The Gin School Scotland whose chosen charity is SAMH, Gin 71 whose chosen charity is Funding Neuro, Tarbraxus Distillers whose chosen charity is Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Kintyre Gin whose charity is Campbeltown Picture House.
All 12 charities benefit from some of the proceeds from sales of the calendar, which is available from the respective gin makers and businesses involved along with a variety of retail outlets. The calendar is printed by Made by Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co. a business that employs and supports veterans from the Army, RAF and Navy.
Visit the respective Scottish Gin makers’ website to purchase or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellis Gin have created a variety of gift packs and festive favourites including miniatures, crackers and gin baubles. Covering the three Ellis Scottish Gins – Butterfly Pea Gin, Scottish Bramble Gin and Scottish Pink Shimmer Gin, there’s something for everyone.
McLean’s Spiced Gin is now a seasonal release, available as a festive winter warmer between November to January so perfect for those cold winter nights. Classic gin botanicals including angelica, orange peel and cinnamon are paired with allspice, ginger, pine and clove to create a deliciously spiced gin.
Combining aromatic notes of frankincense and myrrh along with classic juniper creates a warming gin suitable for sipping neat over ice or mixed with tonic. Rich aromatics include zesty sweet orange and a nutmeg finish, helping create a cuddle of yuletide warmth. Can be enjoyed with a slice of orange or works well in a Negroni with the sweet myrrh providing balance to Campari’s bitter finish.
Based on the award-winning El:gin Scottish Gin, this festive seasonal edition is infused with seasonal fruits and spices to create a festive flavour profile. The origins of this festive inspired gin come from a traditional family Christmas cake recipe dating back more than five generations. The original recipe is one that came from an aunt who was a traditional Scottish Baker who lived and worked in the City of Aberdeen. Using cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, glacé cherries, sultanas and more… Christmas in a glass!
El:gin Gin-gle Gin will be available to purchase at select retailers. For further information contact email@example.com.
Teasmithers will be able to pick up a variety of Winter gift packs, specially boxed and festively gift wrapped for all your Christmas needs! Gifts include The Teasmith Trio of 5cl miniatures, The Teasmith Gin & perfect pairing Walter Gregor gift pack and The Teasmith Gin & Candle gift pack.
Gift sets will be available to purchase at select retailers and Christmas markets. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team at Biggar Gin have been busy beavering away preparing for the Christmas rush and have a variety of festive offerings, with some special editions yet to be confirmed. For now, you can pick up a Biggar Gin Christmas Cracker, which contains a 5cl miniature Biggar Gin, perfect for the grown-ups on Christmas Day. Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas treats coming soon from team Biggar.
Walter Gregor’s is Scotland’s first Scottish Tonic, made by the wonderful team behind Summerhouse Drinks at Rosehearty in Aberdeenshire. All these tonics are made without artificial preservatives, colours or flavours and they’re made with lots of love and care to ensure a quality product. This mixed tonic gift pack make the ideal present or first footing gift and they mix well with lots of spirits, not just gin… plus they taste good on their own. The five tonics consist of Original, Scottish Raspberry, Cucumber & Mint, Apple & Cinnamon and Spiced.
Available exclusively at Scottish Sainsbury’s stores, the latest gin expression from McQueen Gin is full of festive Christmas flavour, packed with clementines and cinnamon. Delicately crafted with those crisp winter evenings in mind, it’s recommended you enjoy this gin with a premium tonic and finish with an orange peel swirl and a shard of cinnamon.
The team at Deerness Distillery have been busy creating a variety of festive hampers. With their Orkney based shop always well stocked with goodies, they’ve pulled together some of the best pairings and gifts to create these bespoke Scottish Spirits hampers. You’ll find Scuttled Gin paired with Frankin & Sons tonics and branded glassware. Or if you prefer their signature Sea Glass Gin, it’s available too, in a variety of sizes with a mix of tonics.
If you want to experience Scottish Gin first hand, learn more about some of your favourite brands, or simply enjoy a Scottish Gin tasting, why not plan a Christmas party around a Scottish Gin experience. Our Scottish Gin Map marks which distilleries offer Scottish Gin experiences but here’s some inspiration to get you started…
Visit the respective Scottish Gin makers’ websites for detailed information about their experiences, but here’s a list of distilleries that offer a variety of Scottish Gin experiences, including gin schools, tours and tastings:
Bruichladdich Distillery (makers of The Botanist), Isle of Islay – tours and tastings. Learn more here.
Crafty Distillery (makers of Hills & Harbour Gin), Newton Stewart – tours and tastings, cafe, bar. Learn more here.
Summerhall Distillery (makers of Pickering’s Gins), Edinburgh City – tours and tastings. Learn more here.
The Glasgow Distillery Company (makers of Makar Gins), Renfrewshire – tours and tastings. Learn more here.
Kirkjuvagr Orkney Distillery, Kirkwall, Orkney – gin school, tours and tastings, cafe, bar. Learn more here.
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Dunnet Bay Distillery (makers of Rock Rose Gin), Dunnet Bay – tours and tastings. Learn more here.
The Borders Distillery (makers of William Kerr’s Borders Gin), Hawick – tours and tastings. Learn more here.
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