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The signature gin from The Biggar Gin Co. is crafted in small batches and combines some traditional and modern botanicals. On the nose, mellow, aromatic citrus with a hint of hedgerows marrying with gentle spice. On the palate, smooth and initially sweet followed by an almost creamy juniper and citrus burst. To finish, complex but smooth spice cooled by notes of lavender and rounded out by woody cassia.
Biggar as a place has a reputation for innovation and punching above its weight and The Biggar Gin Co. is no exception. The Bigger Gin Co. was established by brothers Stuart and Euan McVicar in 2018. The brothers work from their base at the bottom of Tinto Hill in South Lanarkshire and their gin is based on a philosophy. The philosophy centres on a ‘Biggar Mentality’. Small batch, quality crafted gins that mix tradition and innovation. Combining modern distilling methods whilst refining processes and adapting new methods to make unique gin. Gin that is made with passion, care and a focus on taste that reflects the local landscape but also pays homage to traditional gin.
London Dry Gin
London Dry Gin is both a flavour profile and a production method. London Dry Gins tend to follow the traditional, classic flavour of piney juniper, citrus and spice. Alongside juniper, botanicals in London Dry Gin often include orris root, angelica root, cassia bark, citrus peel and coriander, among the core botanicals. The result is a dry gin that features piney juniper along with bursts of citrus and warming spice and earthy, dry notes from use of botanicals such as cassia bark and coriander. Nothing synthetic can be added like flavourings or colours and nothing can be added post distillation apart from water and a tiny amount of sugar meaning all flavours come from distillation.
Brothers Stuart and Euan, based in South Lanarkshire, opted to partner with an established distillery to create their spirits until their own distillery was built. Three years after working with Strathearn Distillery to produce Biggar Gin, the distillery is finally ready and will be home to their range of gins from 2021. Biggar have always produced no more than 200 bottles in a batch and they intend to continue their "small batch gin, Biggar mentality" philosophy into this new chapter for their Scottish Gin business and brand.