Having already made their mark on the local gin scene in Stirling with their Stirling Gin Festival in 2014, which was met with critical acclaim, June and Cameron McCann noticed one thing was missing – a gin from Stirling with local botanicals. This started the wheels in motion and whilst out walking their dog and discussing potential botanicals they realised the answer was literally all around them – the Stirlingshire nettle.
After 6 long months of painstaking research, distilling, experimenting, refining and tasting, they struck gold with a recipe that delivered everything they wanted. In 2015 the first batch of Stirling Gin was distilled, bottled, labelled and ready. In 2018 Stirling Gin moved to their new premises, the renovated ‘Old Smiddy’ Distillery, which is situated under the same towering walls of Stirling Castle.
Stirling Gin is cut to 43% ABV, there is no maceration period as the gin still is started up straight away, with nettle and basil placed in the gin basket at the top of the still, while the juniper, angelica, orange and lemon are placed directly in the pot with each botanical blending process. Boasting a richly intoxicating blend of juniper, basil, angelica, orange, lemon and wild Stirlingshire nettle, Stirling Gin provides a sensory experience that is like no other.
Key Botanical(s): Stirlingshire Nettle, Basil
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: Torn basil, orange peel, tonic and ice.
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