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A range of wild and hand-harvested botanicals from The Secret Garden Distillery are dried before being distilled to create a naturally herbaceous, London Dry style gin. The key botanicals include home grown bog mrytle, nettle, sweet cicely, dwarf birch, sweet woodruff and winter savory.
Husband and wife Hamish and Liberty Martin purchased a derelict plot of land at the foot of the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh in 2011. Over the next decade, the couple transformed the unloved space into a beautiful garden space, which is home to hundreds of herbs, flowers and plants as well as a distillery, shop, cafe and educational space. These botanicals feature in the range of Secret Garden Gins, hand-harvested and dried on site to create all-natural ingredients, with no added sugar, artificial colourings, flavourings or additives… just nature distilled. The coloured gins are created with natural petal infusion, which also helps to intensify the natural flavour.
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.
All production, including distilling, blending, bottling and labelling takes place on-site at the distillery, which is located in the rolling green landscape of the Lothianburn on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Flowers, herbs and plants are grown, hand-picked and dried by a team of dedicated gardeners led by owner and herbologist Hamish Martin. The distillery itself can be found in a repurposed outbuilding that houses the custom-built copper pot still and a vast array of dried flowers and botanicals. With over one thousand juniper bushes now planted, the distillery will soon be entirely self-sufficient on the gardens for all its botanicals.