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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.
For many centuries, the Port of Leith was Scotland’s premier port for goods coming into Scotland, including spices, botanicals and spirits including 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 the current Port of Leith Distillery tucked away, a stone’s throw from the docks. Established by two friends, the distillery currently produces a variety of crafted spirits including Sherry and 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.
Sitting just a few yards from the Port of Leith basin and hidden away amongst some inconspicuous industrial units, you’ll find the Tower Street Stillhouse, the temporary home to the team behind the Port of Leith Distillery, alongside Electric Spirit Co. Construction has begun on their new purpose-built distillery that overlooks the Firth of Forth. It will be the world’s first vertical distillery, spanning 5 floors and delivering panoramic views over the Port of Leith, adding a new chapter to the story of Leith’s distillation history.