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Pickering's Gin is based on an old Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it resurfaced in 2013 when they began distilling at Summerhall. The team fine-tuned the recipe, perfecting its balance of botanicals and tweaking it to the contemporary palate. The result is a spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome gin - fresh, light and bold flavours of citrus and juniper give way to intense warming spice of cardamom, coriander seed and clove.
Established in 2013, Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh’s first exclusive gin distillery in over 150 years, is housed on the site of an old animal hospital and veterinary school known locally as the Dick Vet. It’s now an arts venue called Summerhall with a pub and the distillery next door. Pickering’s was lovingly created by its founders, Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell. Business partners for 12 years. Friends for even longer. Their ethos? If you can’t find what you want, make it yourself. Marcus’s interest in gin came from his time working at Skibo Castle, perfecting cocktails and leading tours around the local distilleries. Matthew was responsible for transforming the old animal hospital dog kennels into a fully operational distillery, armed with his engineering degree and experience in the property renovation and construction sector.
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.
The Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh’s first gin distillery in the city for over 150 years, is located in Edinburgh’s old animal hospital, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies or locally know as the ‘Dick Vet’. In 2013 it was refurbished and became one of Europe’s leading centres for creative arts housing an international art museum as well as hosting theatre, music and literature events in the building. The distillery is discreetly tucked just off the main courtyard and resides in the old dog kennels. Packed with character, it is a fitting home for Pickering’s gin and a magical setting for tours and tastings.