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Made in small batches and infused with some heady botanicals including sea buckthorn, elderflower, rosehip and lemon thyme, handpicked from the beautiful sand dunes, seashore and hedgerows near Fidra island in East Lothian. Fidra is a crystal clear, pure and fragrant gin with a slightly salty tang of the sea.
Emma and Jo have been friends for years and have worked together over the last few years to make the dream of Fidra Gin become a reality. Emma is a childminder and Jo is a podiatrist, and after many years of self-employment, they wanted a new project they could be passionate about. After Jo’s husband Andy visited friends on the Isle of Jura, he inspired them with the story of Lussa Gin and that lead Jo and Emma to explore the possibility of making an East Lothian Gin, given they were spoilt for choice with all the local coastal botanicals on offer. They purchased a 5 litre still called Sadie and the Fidra Gin journey began.
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.
Having experimented on their own 5 litre still and following a chance meeting with Walter Micklethwait, owner of Inshriach Distillery, Jo and Emma were immediately convinced that Walter would be the person to help them create Fidra Gin until they had their very own distillery. Using a handful of local botanicals foraged from the shorelines near their homes in East Lothian, they are then balanced with juniper and distilled at the Inshriach Distillery near Aviemore.