Vicky and Dale McQueen had the ambitious plan of starting up their own distillery where they could create and produce gins that were unique, original and added something new and exciting to the world of Scottish Gin. In 2016 the Trossachs Distillery was established based in Callander in the lower Highlands of Scotland. They wasted no time getting to work creating an original, bold range of Scottish Gins that were unique and innovative. With demand and growth over the next fews years came the opening of the Robert McQueen building in 2019. The new 6,200ft² distillery will allow Dale, Vicky and the team to increase production capacity by over 1000%.
Distilled Gins are similar to London Dry Gins, except natural or artificial flavourings can be added after the distillation process. The flavours can vary greatly and some gins can often cross over to other gin styles, for example where sugars have been added to created an Old Tom style gin or maceration with fruit to create a Flavoured Gin. Some Distilled Gins also follow the London Dry style to the letter but go on to include additional botanical/s to their gin post-distillation and therefore can’t be classed as a London Dry Gin. Distilled Gin is sometimes referred to as Contemporary, New American, New Western or International style gin.
The Trossachs Distillery, home to McQueen Gin, can be found in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s oldest National Park, which is the gateway to Loch Lomond. Just a short drive from the picturesque town of Callander, the distillery, now housed in the renovated Robert McQueen building, offers panoramic views over the stunning landscape from its elevated position. The team have seen impressive growth over the last few years and one of the latest improvements includes a state of the art bottling line, which sees them finish a case of gin every 8 seconds, allowing capacity of 5 million bottles per year on a single shift 5 day pattern.