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McLean’s Strathaven Hedgerow is a London Dry gin that uses botanicals exclusively foraged within a five mile radius of the McLean’s Gin Lab. Limited to approximately 1,000 bottles annually, every release will have variations based on the availability of botanicals and changing of the seasons. This first release features 11 botanicals including brambles, gorse flowers, hawthorn berries, Scots pine needles and golden chanterelle mushrooms.
The nose is light, clean and fresh like a morning walk down a country lane
The palate features juniper delivering a resinous, fresh pine along with soft fruits, florals, some herbaceous notes that all intertwine to create a gin that’s rich in flavour, balanced and delicious
A long, rich finish
Pine Needles, Gorse Flowers, Hawthorn Berries
Goes great with:
A slice of pink grapefruit, tonic and ice
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McLean’s Gin started in an inconspicuous tenement flat, in Battlefield in the Southside of Glasgow, known as the “gin cupboard”; possibly one of the smallest gin operations in Europe. Colin McLean and partner Jess developed their passion for gin making after receiving a ‘Make Your Own Gin’ kit one Christmas. The now married Mr & Mrs McLean have since upscaled to their “gin lab” in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, where they have increased production to over 30l batches, five times their old cupboard capacity.
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.
Based in South Lanarkshire, the McLean’s ‘Gin Lab’ isn’t technically a distillery, as most of the McLean’s Gin expressions are produced using the cold compound method. However, the Ginnery or ‘Gin Lab’, as it’s affectionately known, provides ample space and opportunity for the team at McLean’s Gin to experiment with new flavours and the development of new products. More recent products, including Something Clear and special edition Strathaven Hedgerow have been distilled by Colin in partnership with other local distilleries.