Edinburgh-based distillery, The Old Curiosity, is offering customers the opportunity to see the gin-making process for themselves, with the launch of its Gin Garden Tours from March 23rd 2019.
Based at the Secret Herb Garden at the foot of the Pentland Hills, the tours allow visitors to walk around the UK’s ‘first and only pure working gin botanical garden’, says the distillery. Gin enthusiasts can experience the tranquillity of the garden as well as see, smell and touch the growing botanicals and visit the drying room. They’ll also be able to witness the still in action enjoy a glass of gin in a newly-created Gin Lounge.
Curated by The Old Curiosity founder and renowned Scottish herbologist, Hamish Martin, the new tours encapsulate his passion and knowledge.
Said Hamish, “This is an entirely unique offering. Nowhere else in the world has a gin garden and distillery on site as we do here. We’re incredibly proud to say that we grow and pick our own botanicals before drying and distilling them to perfection, to obtain that distinctive natural flavour and unbelievable colour change. It’s incredible to see nature in action!
“Everything we do here is done with love, and we’re excited to welcome gin lovers (or those ready to be converted!) to see the magic of nature and witness how we use it to create these special gins. We hope people are blown away by what they see, smell, taste and learn on these tours.”
With over 1000 juniper bushes, 500 herbs and floral varieties such as scented lemon verbena, geraniums, irises and roses, the Gin Garden is a special tribute to Mother Nature and a feast for the senses.
The Secret Garden Range currently includes Apothecary Rose; Lavender & Echinacea and Chamomile and Cornflower. All three offer subtle and elegant flavours and change colour when tonic is added. Two new gins are being introduced to the range in 2019.
The Old Curiosity Distillery can be found at the Secret Herb Garden on the Old Pentland Road, Edinburgh.
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