Holyrood Distillery is the product of Canadians Rob & Kelly Carpenter and Scot David Robertson, who collectively share a love for Edinburgh, Scotch Whisky and interesting challenges.
Holyrood Distillery is situated next to Holyrood Park, in the heart of Edinburgh’s distilling history, on St. Leonard’s Lane. The 180 year old building has been thoughtfully renovated to include the distillery and a hands-on, sensory, educational visitor experience.
With the opportunity to bring single malt distilling back to the centre of Edinburgh after almost 100 years, Holyrood Distillery does so with flavour at the forefront. Unconstrained by heritage, category and tradition, they aim to be a distinctively different spirits company. Their focus will be on experimentation alongside a commitment to produce high-quality, full-flavoured spirits for anyone with an open mind and an open mouth.
Described as simple, rich, intense and elegant. Fresh citrus and piney juniper upfront, with liquorice and orris adding a rich mouth feel, a lingering spice and a dry finish provided by the angelica, coriander and cassia. Using only the outermost peel and zest of the fresh citrus eliminates the bitter note that dried citrus would deliver, ensuring that only the brightest and cleanest citrus flavours shine through.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Lemon, Orange
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A slice of lemon, tonic and ice.
This pink gin balances a delicate floral top note with the spice and fresh citrus delivered by pink peppercorns and fresh pink grapefruit peel. The pink colouration is provided in the final maceration of hibiscus and rose petals. A rich, sweet, fruitiness is delivered by using fresh Perthshire raspberries.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Raspberries, Pink Peppercorn, Pink Grapefruit
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 39% vol
Goes great with: Fresh raspberries, tonic and ice.
A softer and sweeter style of gin reimagined. This botanically sweet gin contains fresh peach, Madagascan vanilla, floral notes from chamomile, jasmine and orange flowers, with body provided by milk thistle seeds. No sugar or sweetener added. Bottled at 41% to balance the floral notes with the sweetness and body provided by the peach and milk thistle.
Key Botanical(s): Peach, Madagascan Vanilla, Chamomile, Orange Flowers
Gin Style: Old Tom
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: A fresh slice of peach, tonic and ice.
Traditional juniper, coriander and angelica backbone supported by fresh red cherries, fresh clementine zest and warming spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice berries. Bottled at 41% ABV to provide the perfect balance of fruit and spice. A twist on the classic London Dry style; robust and satisfying.
Key Botanical(s): Red Cherries, Clementine, Nutmeg, Allspice Berries
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% vol
Goes great with: Orange peel, tonic and ice.
Holyrood Distillery sits under the watchful eye of Arthur’s Seats, the main peak that forms the Holyrood hills that dominates Edinburgh’s skyline. Lovingly and sympathetically restored, the former Engine Shed building, now Holyrood Distillery, dates back to 1835. With visitor experiences tailored around both gin and whisky, visitors can expect a visual and sensory experience which includes getting to know more about gin botanicals through a series of interactive lessons in the Flavour Matters lab. Learn more about the importance of wood and how it effects the characteristics of whisky and see what the Angel’s Share does to a full whisky cask over a period of time.
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