1881 Distillery

Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland
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Named after the year the Peebles Hydro was built, the 1881 Distillery and Gin School officially opened in October 2019. Originally a retreat for therapeutic water treatments, the hotel attracted visitors from around the world to come and alleviate themselves of their aches and woes. Built around the Shieldgreen spring, a private spring on the hotel’s estate, the fresh and mineral rich water was said to be ‘legendary’ for its therapeutic properties. Skip to present day and such claims of health benefits remain unfounded. Over its history, a few things have never changed – the rich mineral spring still flows and is used in the both the gins and tonics produced by the hotel and the hotel is still focused on creating a memorable visitor experience for guests.

Already featuring an extensive list of gins available to guests, and with growing demand for local produce including food and drink, the hotel decided to create its own distillery and gin school for producing their own range of 1881 Scottish Gins, influenced by the history of the hotel and local area, along with a number of limited edition and seasonal Scottish Gin expressions. Guests can learn more about the history of gin on a tour of the distillery or make their own gin at the gin school.

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Hydro London Dry Gin

Distilled using 12 botanicals, many grown in the Peebles Hydro hotel's botanical gardens, home to the 1881 Distillery, then blended with water from the estate’s private spring, Hydro Gin pays its respects to the classic London Dry category. Juniper, hawthorn, birch, fir, citrus and other botanicals are carefully distilled to create a memorable gin that’s smooth on the palate and has hints of fresh forest walks on the nose.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Hawthorn, Fir Needles
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A twist of fresh grapefruit, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: August 2019

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Pavilion Peebles Pink Gin

Home to the 1881 Distillery and inspired by the Peebles Hydro's former tennis pavilion on the front lawn, Pavilion Gin features a classic gin backbone with the addition of wild Scottish red berries. In the 1920s, the hotel had more tennis courts than Wimbledon, hence this inspired flavoured gin. Along with the red berries, this gin also has a slight hint of floral hibiscus. A refreshing and light gin intended for long, warm summer evenings.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Hibiscus, Red Berries
Gin Style: Flavoured
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A few fresh raspberries, a sprig of mint, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: August 2019

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Honours Navy Strength Gin

Another expression from 1881 Distillery housed at the Peebles Hydro, this Honours Navy Strength Gin is bottled at 57% ABV and features citrus and cardamon alongside a number of other botanicals that have been carefully distilled to create a bold but balanced high strength gin. The flavour profile starts with juniper before meandering into dry citrus with a long spicy, warm finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Cardamon, Citrus
Gin Style: Navy Strength
Strength: 57% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: August 2019

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Rafters Subtly Smoked Gin

The 1881 Distillery's Rafters Subtly Smoked Gin is distilled using a variety of gin botanicals including piney juniper and tart pink grapefruit. This gin has notable but subtle hints of smoke on the palate, from a process that involves drawing the smoke through water, which is then used as part of the distillation, making this a distinctive spirit. It stands up particularly well in cocktails, including in a smoked Negroni.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Pink Grapefruit
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A wedge of lime, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: August 2019

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Tiffin Eastern Spiced Gin

This special edition gin was crafted by head distiller Dean McDonald, who was looking to create a gin that would prepare the palate for the boldly aromatic flavours associated with Indian cuisine. Rich and spicy cumin, cardamom and kaffir lime leaf play together particularly well with a bitter lemon or ginger ale mixer to tickle the taste buds.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Cumin, Cardamom, Kaffir Lime Leaf
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 45% vol
Goes great with: Ginger ale and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: October 2020

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Garden Gin

Garden Gin was a limited release of only 200 bottles. Distilled using locally foraged botanicals from the gardens and grounds of the Peebles Hydro Hotel along with the surrounding countryside, the gin aims to create a taste of summer. The gin features gorse flowers, elderflower and rose, which all grow in the hotel’s botanical garden.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Gorse Flowers, Elderflower, Rose Petals
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A wedge of lime, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: June 2021

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Winter Gin

This Winter edition was released in December 2021 in time for the festive season. There are warming notes of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, alongside fresh, sweet orange and piney fir flavours, evoking the aromas of Winter and bringing a festive feel to the palate. On the nose, subtle spices with a slightly resinous note from the fir. To taste, headier spiced notes follow and are matched with bolder orange and nutmeg flavours. A long lasting spice on the finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange, tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: 1881 Distillery, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Released: December 2021

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Distillery

1881 Distillery

1881 Distillery was designed and built with the help of Jamie Baxter, who is a distillery designer and a renowned distiller in his own right. Four core gin recipes were developed and four tonics were created especially to complement each gin and were part of the initial launch of the brand and distillery. Since launch, Head Distiller Dean McDonald and the distillery team have created a number of new limited edition and seasonal gins to complement the core range. There are a number of visitor experiences available at the distillery including tours and the 1881 Distillery Gin School, where visitors can take part in a gin masterclass, picking from an abundance of botanicals and tutored through the distillation process, ultimately creating their own gin; all the while sampling the 1881 Gin expressions.

Details

Tour: Yes
Gin School: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Bar: Yes
Shop: Yes
Booking: Book an 1881 Distillery experience online here

Address

Peebles Hydro, Innerleithen Road, Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland, EH45 8LX - View on Google Maps
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