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.
Height of Arrows is a gin that has been created with whisky in mind. Drawing on the idea that whisky’s myriad of flavours rely on a handful of ingredients, Height of Arrows is stripped back to the core, featuring juniper, beeswax and salt, lending layers of texture and full bodied flavour to the gin. On the nose, a balance of clean fresh pine and resin coupled with light citrus. On the palate, oily mouth coating with juicy and rich orange zest and lemon then a bold emergence of black pepper and cardamom, tempered with tapered herbaceous smoothness. On the finish, long, smooth and dry finish with effervescent spicy notes.
Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Beeswax, Sea Salt
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: In a classic gin cocktail, such as Martini, Gibson, Negroni.
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.