Best Scottish Gin Including Edinburgh Gin For Gin Gifts

11 Scottish gins to try

From botanicals hand-foraged in the Hebridean Islands and Islay to tropical notes of passion fruit and guava, try these craft gins distilled in Aberdeen, St Andrews, Cairngorm National Park and other wild Scottish locations

Looking for Scottish gins? Want to find Edinburgh gins to give as gifts? It’s International Scottish Gin Day on 3 August, so celebrate in style with our pick of the best…

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The Botanist, Islay, Scotland, £37/70cl

The Botanist London Dry gin is all about hand-foraged local botanicals, resulting in a bottle that uniquely expresses the Scottish island.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper berries, lady’s bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves

Perfect pairing: tonic and a sprig of rosemary or grapefruit

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The Botanist Gin

Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin, Aberdeen, Scotland, £35/70cl

With botanicals of passion fruit and guava this subtly sweet old tom gin is well proportioned, with juicy tropical notes balanced by an earthy, classic juniper base.

Flavour profile: fruity

Botanicals: juniper, passion fruit, guava, white tea, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, orris, cassia, cinnamon, liquorice, almond

Perfect pairing: tonic and fresh passion fruit

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Rock Rose, Thurso, Scotland, £32/70cl

Proving the British craft distilling movement has gone all the way to the northern tip of Scotland, Rock Rose harnesses its regionality in its gin. One of the few craft distillers to have a British-made still, it vapour-infuse all the botanicals in a steam basket at the neck of their custom-made John Dore & Co beauty.

Rock Rose is bright and packed with fruity berries and a delicate astringency. Combined with a beautiful ceramic bottle and a passionate team, this gin is perfect for summer.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: juniper, rose root, sea buckthorn, rowan berries, bilberries, cardamom, coriander seed, verbena

Perfect pairing: tonic and a sprig of rosemary

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Biggar, Southern Uplands, Scotland, £35/70cl

This award-winning gin, made in batches of just 200 bottles at a time, uses botanicals local to the Scottish town of Biggar, where it’s made. As to be expected from a London dry gin it’s got plenty of juniper character, as well as vibrant orange notes, subtle herbaceousness and spice, and a restrained sweetness. It’s also super smooth to drink, with a lingering finish.

Botanicals: Rowan berry, rosehip, nettle, pink peppercorns, coriander seed, cardamom pods, lavender, cassia bark, orris root

Perfect pairing: tonic and a few pink peppercorns

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Isle of Harris Gin, Hebridean Islands, Scotland, £37/70cl

The nine botanicals in this Scottish gin capture the breezy atmosphere of the Hebridean Islands in northern Scotland. Sugar kelp is the most unique botanical, adding a savoury edge to this beautifully presented gin.

Flavour profile: herbaceous/savoury

Botanicals: sugar kelp, juniper, coriander seeds, cassia bark, angelica root, bitter orange peel, cubeb, liquorice root, orris root

Perfect pairing: tonic and a slice of grapefruit

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Theodore Pictish Gin, Ardross, Scotland, £44/70cl

Created with guidance from perfume designer Barnabé Fillion, this new gin was inspired by the ancient Picts, using botanicals that the tribe may have encountered on their travels. The result is an elegant, aromatic spirit with delicate spice, warmth from ginger and heady but well-balanced rose and pine notes.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: pomelo, pine, damask rose, honey, oolong tea, ginger, bourbon vetiver

Perfect pairing: tonic and a slice of mango and a sprig of thyme

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Darnley’s Spiced Gin, St Andrews, Scotland, £35/70cl

One for those who can find some spiced gins a little overpowering, this gin has a subtle, restrained spice that’s balanced by juniper, with a lingering, peppery finish.

Flavour profile: spiced

Botanicals: juniper, cloves, grains of paradise and ginger

Perfect pairing: ginger ale

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Hendrick’s Gin, South Ayrshire, Scotland, £28.29/70cl

Clean, floral and refreshing, since launching in 2001 Hendrick’s Gin has been the success story that has set the template for modern gin brands to follow, spearheading a resurgence in the spirit. It can now be found in all bars across the globe, with glasses of Hendrick’s and tonic served with cucumber instead of lemon or lime. We’d recommend that if you don’t like gin or don’t know where to start, this is the place to do so as Hendrick’s is not a juniper-forward gin.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: juniper, rose, cubeb berries, elderflower, chamomile, yarrow, coriander, angelica root, lemon & orange peel, orris root

Perfect pairing: tonic and a slice of cucumber, or a twist of lemon peel

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Caorunn Gin, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland, £29/70cl

Distilled and bottled in Scotland, Caorunn firmly takes on the mantle of a national product. The distillery is situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and is inspired by the surrounding landscape – using age-old Celtic botanicals that grow on the hills around Balmenach Distillery.

Drunk on its own, the gin is crisp, dry and well-balanced yet still full-bodied. The botanicals jump out in the palate with spices, citrus and floral notes all working well to complement a dry juniper note that leaves you with a crisp, clean finish.

Flavour profile: floral

Botanicals: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, rowan berry, heather, dandelion, coul blush apple

Perfect pairing: tonic and a thin wedge of red apple

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Porter’s Gin, Aberdeen, Scotland, £35/70cl

Made in Aberdeen, this is a classic gin with bold juniper and bright citrus notes. It’s created using a combination of old and new techniques. Light flavours are extracted from delicate botanicals through cold distillation so as not to damage them with heat, while other more robust ingredients are distilled at one of the UK’s oldest gin distilleries, allowing the unique characteristics of each to shine through.

Flavour profile: juniper forward

Botanicals: juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice root, lemon, orange, buddha’s hand, pink peppercorn, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon

Perfect pairing: tonic and pink peppercorns

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Eden Mill Hop Gin, St Andrews, Scotland, £33.99/50cl

A quirky hybrid of gin and beer flavours, this St Andrews-based distillery uses Australian galaxy hops as a botanical in its Hop Gin. Linking the two crafts of brewing and distilling together, this is an unusual spirit, with a strong, rich flavour.

Flavour profile: floral and citrus

Botanicals: juniper, angelica, coriander, Australian Galaxy hops

Perfect pairing: tonic and fresh red chilli pepper

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