For many centuries, the Port of Leith was Scotland’s premier port for goods coming into Scotland, including spices, botanicals and spirits like rum from the Caribbean and Jenever from Holland. A number of distilleries popped up and kept weary sailors in high spirits. Fast forward to the present day and you’ll find a resurgence of distilleries in Edinburgh including Lind & Lime Gin Distillery in Leith.
Established by two friends, Lind & Lime Gin is one of a few spirits being produced by the Port of Leith brand. Having proved to be a highly desirable stand alone product, exporting to dozens of countries all over the world, Lind & Lime Gin production was moved to a larger, dedicated distillery in 2022 as construction continues on the new purpose-built Whisky distillery that overlooks the Firth of Forth. The new Whisky distillery will be Scotland’s first vertical distillery and will add a new chapter to the story of Leith’s distillation history.
The flavour profile for this gin is based around one of Leith’s historical maritime figures and the Port of Leith’s ties as one of Scotland’s most important historical trading ports. James Lind was an Edinburgh born Ship’s Surgeon aboard the HMS Salisbury. Scurvy was rife at the time due to a lack of Vitamin C. Lind carried out a number of trials that showed citrus fruit improved the sailor’s health. Although Lind missed the significance of this observation, he is recognised for pioneering the concept of a ‘fair trial’. Lind & Lime Gin is created using seven carefully curated botanicals that work in harmony to create a fresh and balanced flavour profile.
Key Botanical(s): Lime, Pink Peppercorn
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 45% vol
Goes great with: Tonic and ice.
Lind & Lime Gin production previously occurred at the now defunct Tower Street Still House, which occupied a small industrial unit near the Leith docks. Production moved to the new Lind & Lime Gin Distillery in May 2022, providing a brand home for Lind & Lime Gin. The distillery features a bar and tasting area, tours and experiences along with a well stocked shop and more room for production.