The Secret Garden Distillery

Lothianburn, Midlothian, Scotland
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The original site was a derelict plot of land located in the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh up until 2011 when husband and wife Hamish and Liberty Martin bought the site, which they transformed over several years. The site features several large greenhouses and plant beds with over 600 varieties of plants and herbs, a cafe, a shop and they opened a distillery in 2017, which provided an opportunity to showcase some of many plants and botanicals grown on-site in the gardens.

In 2022, a new chapter began for the business as the Armstrong family, who had recently returned to Scotland from abroad, took over the stewardship. With a shared love for gin, plants, and the outdoors, the Armstrongs saw The Secret Garden as more than just a business opportunity. They saw it as a chance to nurture and build upon the founder’s goals and legacy, ensuring a seamless continuation of our journey.

The business ethos is ‘Rooted In Nature’, and the Armstrong family has continued to research and invest in making the business more sustainable and looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2023, the gardens were connected to a water supply from an on-site borehole, which provides fresh, clean water for the greenhouses, gardens and distillery. Several bee hives in the gardens also help pollinate the many flowers, plants and botanicals. The hives also play a crucial role in helping support the UK bee population, which has been slowly declining.

The Armstrong family’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond their immediate operations. They partnered with Climate Springboard, a business support programme established by the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute. This collaboration has helped the Armstrong family develop a Carbon Planner, which measures their carbon footprint and reflects their ambitions and goals to improve the sustainability of the gardens and distillery.

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Rose Gin

Rose Gin is a fragrant and floral Scottish Gin. It includes Apothecary Rose petals, carefully hand picked from the Secret Garden rose beds before being air-dried and prepared for distillation. Apothecary Rose petals are used exclusively in the first distillate, carefully blended with a second distillate that features juniper, coriander, angelica root, and winter savoury. The two separate distillations ensure that delicate, natural aromas and flavours are preserved. On the nose, sweet summer florals and distinct fresh, delicate rose. On the palate, juniper is balanced with rich, complex florals reminiscent of Turkish Delight. The finish is floral led with notes of rose and some underlying herbaceous, savoury notes.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Apothecary Rose, Juniper, Winter Savoury
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% ABV
Goes great with: Some raspberries, a mint leaf, light tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: The Secret Garden Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
Released: April 2024

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Elderflower & Jasmine Gin

Elderflower & Jasmine Gin is a floral and aromatic dry Scottish Gin. It includes a variety of hand picked botanicals from the Secret Garden, including elderflower and jasmine. These botanicals are featured in the first distillate, which is then carefully blended with a second distillate that features juniper, coriander, angelica root, and winter savoury. The two separate distillations ensure that delicate, natural aromas and flavours are preserved. On the nose, natural, delicate and sweet florals. On the palate, fresh and fragrant florals with a hint of sweetness and exotic fruits. The finish is clean and crisp with florals and subtle warming spice balanced with green herbaceous notes.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Elderflower, Jasmine, Coriander, Angelica Root, Winter Savory
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% ABV
Goes great with: A slice of pink grapefruit, light tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: The Secret Garden Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
Released: July 2019

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Lemon Verbena Gin

Lemon Verbena Gin is a refreshing, citrus dry Scottish Gin. It includes a variety of hand picked botanicals from the Secret Garden, including lemon verbena, lemon melissa and lemon thyme. These botanicals are featured in the first distillate, carefully blended with a second distillate that features juniper, coriander, angelica root, and winter savoury. The two separate distillations ensure that delicate, natural aromas and flavours are preserved. On the nose, natural, fresh lemon and citrus with a subtle hint of herbaceous, savoury notes. On the palate a burst of bright, zingy lemon and citrus backed with juniper and savoury, green herbaceous notes. The finish is delightful with citrus and a hint of lingering lemon sherbet.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lemon Melissa, Lemon Thyme, Lemon Verbena
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% ABV
Goes great with: Lemon garnish, light tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: The Secret Garden Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
Released: April 2019

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Wild Gin

Wild Gin is a herbaceous dry Scottish Gin and distilled using organic grain neutral spirit. It includes a variety of wild botanicals, each carefully foraged from the Secret Garden, including bog myrtle, nettle, sweet cicely, dwarf birch, sweet woodruff and winter savoury to create a taste of the wild, directly from the Secret Garden. Four other classic gin botanicals feature in the distillation, providing some classic gin flavours. On the nose, resinous pine and bright, fresh green aromas. On the palate, piney juniper balances with fresh, natural herbaceous notes with a subtle sweetness. The the finish is dry, crisp and fresh with herbaceous notes and a lingering, long finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Bog Myrtle, Nettle, Sweet Cicely
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% ABV
Goes great with: A sprig of rosemary, light tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Organic Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: The Secret Garden Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
Released: September 2019

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Lavender Gin

Lavender Gin is a light, refreshing, and aromatic floral Scottish Gin. It contains lavender carefully hand-picked from the Secret Garden before being air-dried and prepared for distillation. The combination of lavender and the base gin of juniper, coriander, angelica root and winter savory creates a subtly fresh, light floral gin. On the nose, natural, fresh and delicate floral notes with some undertones of pine. Floral notes and a subtle sweetness come through on the palate, with additional fresh green notes in the background reminiscent of peach tea. On the finish, floral notes and a medium drying finish.

Details

Key Botanical(s): Lavender, Echinacea, Coriander, Angelica Root, Winter Savory
Gin Style: Distilled
Strength: 40% ABV
Goes great with: A lime garnish, light tonic and ice.

Production

Method: Rectified Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: The Secret Garden Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
Released: October 2017

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Distillery

The Secret Garden Distillery

Led by Head Distiller Mark Boswell, the entire distilling, bottling and labelling process is done on-site. The distillery houses two custom-built 100 litre copper pot stills manufactured by Svarog Sistemi. Visitors can observe the distillation process from the main tasting room, which features large windows overlooking the distillery. Visitors can also browse the shop and enjoy a bite to eat at the The Secret Garden Cafe.

Mark and the team take immense pride in using botanicals cultivated in the gardens. A team of dedicated gardeners hand-pick and delicately dry the flowers and some of the key botanicals used in each of The Secret Garden Distillery Scottish Gins, ensuring their optimal quality for future distillations. The quality of these botanicals is rigorously checked before use, guaranteeing the exceptional taste of the gins produced.

Details

Tour: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Bar: Yes
Shop: Yes
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Address

32A Old Pentland Road, Lothianburn, Midlothian, Scotland, EH10 7EA - View on Google Maps
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