The team at Linlithgow Distillery, Ross and Alyson Jamieson, had one simple aim with their distillery – make a quality Gin using the best sourced and locally foraged botanicals from the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow to make a truly special local Gin. As a family business and understanding the importance to the area of having it’s own special gin, Linlithgow Distillery recruited over 100 people from the local area to help develop their signature Scottish Gin.
With premises secured in 2017, the couple set to work renovating their new distillery space before taking delivery of their new gin still, affectionately named ‘Gleann Iucha’ which is Scots Gaelic for Linlithgow. The couple have great plans for the distillery and their product range and hope it will have a positive impact on attracting visitors to the town and potentially provide a future source of employment.
Linlithgow Distillery use a mix of local handpicked botanicals from around the loch, canal and meadows of Linlithgow. In particular, the meadowsweet that grows in abundance along the Union canal, combined with traditional botanicals including juniper, coriander and cassia amongst others, gives their London Dry style of gin a truly unique flavour with spicy and citrus notes.
Key Botanical(s): Meadowsweet, Coriander, Cassia
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.
Inspired by the ladies-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots, who was born at Linlithgow Palace. The first in the series features Mary Fleming known as the ‘lively one’ who was known for her flair and character as an entertainer to the Court through music and dance. Combining Kaffir lime, Yuzu, Star Anise along with some traditional gin botanicals, this gin has a true zesty flavour profile and is described as ‘an old fashioned sherbet fountain from your childhood’. The flavour profile and mouthfeel have been created through the distillation process and botanicals with no additives or additional flavourings.
Key Botanical(s): Kaffir Lime, Yuzu, Star Anise, Galangal
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 46% vol
Goes great with: A slice of lemon, tonic and ice.
Inspired by the ladies-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots, who was born at Linlithgow Palace. The second in the series features Mary Livingstone known as the ‘bonny one’ who was known as a highly skilled horsewomen and hunter with an in-depth knowledge of the local landscape including plants. Distilled with locally foraged Scottish brambles and raspberry leaves to create a fresh, fruit flavour profile that works well with tonic or Prosecco.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Scottish Brambles, Raspberry Leaves
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: Raspberries, elderflower tonic and ice.
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