Electric Spirit Co.

Leith, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
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Electric Spirit Co. was established in 2014 by James Porteous. James initially studied product design and photography before diversifying and completing a Master’s Degree in distillation at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, famous in the distillation world for its courses and facilities. James initially set up his distillery in a small unit in Leith, where he worked on developing his flagship Achroous Gin. James wanted to create a balanced gin that provided a flavour journey for the drinker but used a small number of botanicals in the recipe. James used what he had learned to extract as much flavour as possible from each botanical. With the recipe ready, James knew the bottle had to have a visual impact and stand out on the shelf or behind the back bar of any venue. Opting for a neon orange bottle that changes appearance depending on the light, James launched Achroous Gin in 2015.

In 2018, James moved his gin distillation to the Towerstreet Still House, home to the Lind & Lime Gin production and main office of Muckle Brig, the business behind Lind & Lime and, at that time, the work-in-progress Port of Leith Distillery. The office was famous in the Edinburgh distilling scene as it was, in fact, a garden shed inside the industrial unit. It was also well known to be more akin to a fridge freezer; even when the spirit still was producing spirit and heat, the office and distillery were constantly freezing!

Cohabiting with the Muckle Brig co-founders Iain Stirling and Paddy Fletcher, allowed  James to use the bigger Genio still to increase his production capacity. James was also able to provide advice and guidance when Iain and Paddy were creating Lind & Lime Gin. With both brands yearning for more space, Lind & Lime moved to a larger distillery in 2022, where both brands continue to co-inhabit the distillery. And this time share a proper office with all mod cons including central heating!

James has continued to look for ways to reduce his carbon footprint and improve the brand’s sustainability credentials. For example, in 2021, James launched a five-litre refillable, reusable metal gin keg specifically for the on-trade to reduce the number of glass bottles used by on-trade partners.

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Achroous Gin

Achroous Gin is a classic London Dry gin that skilfully balances seven aromatic botanicals. A noticeable juniper backbone is layered with Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seed, and other botanicals, creating a flavour profile that is complex and rich and offers a stand-out flavour journey. On the nose, fresh spice and earthy notes. Fresh piney juniper is balanced with rich zingy spices and green, wood notes with citrus and a slight, dry sweetness on the palate. On the long finish, the spices develop into a rich and aromatic herbal note with fresh piney juniper layered with complex spice and citrus.

Awards for Achroous Gin include The Gin Cooperative Awards 2023:

• Gold Award - Scottish Gin of The Year Award
• Gold Award - London Dry Scottish Gin Award
• Gold Award - Consumer Judges Award
• Silver Award - Scottish Gin & Tonic Award

Details

Key Botanical(s): Coriander Seed, Fennel Seed, Sichuan Pepper
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 41% ABV
Goes great with: Tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Lind & Lime Gin Distillery, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Released: December 2015

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Distillery

Lind & Lime Gin Distillery

Electric Spirit Co. continues its collaborative approach with Lind & Lime Gin producers, having previously worked out of shared office and production facilities at the Tower Street Stillhouse and collectively moving to the new and improved Lind & Lime Gin Distillery in May 2022. The new space will provide even more opportunities for collaboration, innovation and experimentation for owner and distiller James Porteous, with regular visitors from the on-trade wishing to learn more about Electric Spirit Co. and their spirits.

Details

Tour: No
Gin School: No
Cafe: No
Bar: No
Shop: Yes
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Address

24 Coburg St, Leith, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 6HB - View on Google Maps
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