Scotland is home to over 140 different gins.
We have put together a definitive list of
50 that you must try at some point in your life.
How many of these special Scottish gins have you managed to try so far?

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50. Stirling Gin

The first gin to come out of Stirling; it is a gin that has a big nose and very enjoyable to taste. This gin doesn’t try to follow convention and is easy to drink neat or over tonic.

Where: Stirling
Botanicals: Six including nettles, basil and lemon peel
Garnish: Basil
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Eden Mill Love Gin

49. Eden Mill Love Gin

St Andrews is the home of golf and now the home of Eden Mill Gin. When you love gin you have to try “Love Gin”. This tasty number has a pale pink colour when poured.

Where: St Andrews, Fife
Botanicals: 13 including rose petals, hibiscus, coriander seed, rasberry leaf
Garnish: Raspberries
Expect to pay: £35+ for 50cl

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48. Indian Summer Gin

Indian Summer Gin is not your typical Scottish gin. Made with saffron, this golden gin has plenty of flavour. It comes in at a slightly higher percentage than normal at 46%.

Where: Huntly, Abderdeenshire
Botanicals: Ten including almonds, lemon peel, saffron, orris root
Garnish: Mint
Expect to pay: £30 for 70cl

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Firkin Gin

47. Firkin Gin

Gin aged in American oak whiskey casks, this not just another ‘craft gin’. There are only 250 bottles created in each batch, each individually filled, corked, sealed, labelled and waxed by hand. This gin is pretty special.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £45 for 70cl

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46. Persie Zesty Citrus Gin

The name tells you exactly what to expect from this one. A bright, citrusy taste that is full of flavour. Persie Zesty Citrus Gin will brighten up any gin collection.

Where: Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Botanicals: Juniper, limes and oranges
Garnish: Lime and mint
Expect to pay: £30 for 50cl

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45. Colonsay Gin

Sporting an impressive label featuring ALVA, Colonsay Gin is a classic London Dry gin. Sticking to the traditional gin style, only 160 bottles are made in each small batch. You can also visit this Hebridean Island and stay at the Wild Thyme Spirits Gin Retreat.

Where: Isle of Colonsay
Botanicals: Several including calamus root and coriander
Garnish: Orange peel
Expect to pay: £38.50 for 70cl

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Gin Bothy Gunshot Gin

44. Gin Bothy Gunshot Infused Gin

Infused with cinnamon, Gin Bothy’s Gunshot Infused Gin is an award winning gin that brings together one of Scotland’s oldest sports with everyone’s new favourite, gin.

Where: Lintrathen, near Kirriemuir, Angus
Botanicals: Base gin infused with cinnamon and other spices
Garnish: Slice of orange and a cinnamon stick
Expect to pay: £36 for 70cl

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Kintyre Gin

43. Kintyre Gin

Made at their Beirin an Tuiric distillery, this has the potential to be a cracking gin. It is produced using their own renewable energy. In fact everything about their gin is about sustainability and community. For every case of Kintyre Gin sold they will plant a tree.

Where: Kintyre, Argyll
Botanicals: 12 including coriander, angelica root
Garnish: Lime
Expect to pay: £36 for 70cl

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42. McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin

This is definitely something a bit different but it has to be tried. Sometimes you have to go against convention and the husband and wife team behind McQueen Gin are not scared to do just that. They also have a chocolate orange, smokey chilli and Mocha gin.

Where: Callander, Stirlingshire
Botanicals: Juniper, chocolate, mint
Garnish: Mint
Expect to pay: £32 for 50cl

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NB Navy Strength Gin

41. NB Navy Strength Gin

This no-nonsense gin comes in at 57%. It certainly packs a punch. Best described as smooth and elegant with an iron heart. Expect a floral and lighter flavour from this navy strength gin.

Where: North Berwick, East Lothian
Botanicals: Several including coriander, lemon peel, angelica root
Garnish: Twist of orange
Expect to pay: £50 for 70cl

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40. Edinburgh Seaside Gin

A collaborative gin with postgraduate students from Heriot-Watt University masters course in Brewing and Distilling, this taste of the Edinburgh seaside is well worth a try. Edinburgh Seaside Gin is a slightly sweet yet refreshingly minerally taste.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Several including seawood and scurvy grass
Garnish: Lemon
Expect to pay: £32 for 70cl

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Pickerings Original 1947 Gin

39. Pickerings Original 1947 Gin

Like gins with a spicy kick? Pickerings Original 1947 gin is worth a try. Their orange-topped bottle (normal Pickerings Gin comes with a red top) is made precisely to their 1947 original recipe which was written down in Mount Mary, Bombay.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Several including cardamon, coriander clove and cinnamon spice
Garnish: Lime
Expect to pay: £30 for 70cl

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38. Gordon Castle Gin

This award winning gin uses botanicals grown in their own walled garden. The team behind Gordon Castle Gin describe it as a clean, fresh, un-muddled and direct gin. We like the uncomplicated nature of this gin.

Where: Fochabers, Moray
Botanicals: 12 including lavender and mint
Garnish: Lime or mint or both
Expect to pay: £35+ for 70cl

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Ginerosity Gin

37. Ginerosity Gin

Guilt-free gin drinking? It doesn’t get anymore guilt-free than Ginerosity Gin. This special Scottish gin is a social enterprise gin whose profits are reinvested back into projects to help disadvantage young adults in Scotland and abroad. Oh and it is a good gin.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Ten including coriander, cardamon, orange, lemon, lime
Garnish: Mint
Expect to pay: £30 for 50cl

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36. McQueen Super Premium Dry Gin

This fantastic gin ticks all the boxes. Great taste, multi-award winning, great bottle design. Do we need to say anymore than just try it?

Where: Callander, Stirlingshire
Botanicals: Juniper, vanilla and lemon peel
Garnish: Grapefruit
Expect to pay: £35 for 50cl

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Esker Gin

35. Esker Gin

Described by makers Esker Spirits, Esker Gin is a modern and classic gin combination. It was two years in the making and the addition of silver birch sap was the flash of inspiration that made the gin that we get today.

Where: Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
Botanicals: Several including rosehip, pink peppercorns and silver birch sap
Garnish: Twist of orange zest
Expect to pay: £35+ for 70cl

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34. El:Gin Gin

A slightly different gin from the norm, El:Gin is made with Scottish oats which add a soft creaminess to the taste. Be reassured this gin is still gluten-free due to the distillation process. In regards to the taste, expect it to be like a cranachan in a glass.

Where: Elgin, Moray
Botanicals: Several including oats and local fruits
Garnish: Raspberries
Expect to pay: £32 for 70cl

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Lilliard Gin

33. Lilliard Gin

Inspired by a Borders legend, Lilliard Gin is a relatively new gin to the market. The gin went into production after a crowd-funding initiative. Expect a light, elegant gin with a complex floral palette from one of the smallest working stills in the UK.

Where: Jedburgh, Borders
Botanicals: Several including lemon peel and sweet cecily
Garnish: Lemon
Expect to pay: £32 for 70cl

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Daffys Gin Bottle

32. Daffys Gin

The self-proclaimed ‘world’s best gin’ is definitely a fine tasting gin. This 43.4% gin sources their botanicals from around the world but being an Edinburgh based gin it is most definitely one of ours.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Eight including Lebanese mint, coriander seeds, orange peel, lemon peel
Garnish: Lime and mint
Expect to pay: £35 – £40 for 70cl

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Teasmith Gin

31. Teasmith Gin

Like gin? Like tea? Then Teasmith Gin is a must try gin. Made with hand-picked tea, it has a ‘characteristic’ taste. This is a very unique Scottish gin which puts it very much at home on this of 50 Scottish gins to try before you die.

Where: Aberdeenshire
Botanicals: Eight including coriander, angelica root, grains of paradise, hand-picked tea
Garnish: Lemon or pink grapefruit peel
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Caorunn Gin

30. Caorunn Gin

A strong player in the Scottish gin market, Caorunn is a widely popular gin that doesn’t disappoint. Not only does it come in a distinctly shaped bottle, it is quadruple-distilled, if you are into that sort of thing.

Where: Cairngorms
Botanicals: 11 including rowan berries, heather, bog myrtle, apple
Garnish: Sliced red apple
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Rock Rose Spring Gin

29. Rock Rose Seasonal Gin

Every season Rock Rose release a limited edition Gin. At Gins of Scotland we are big fans so make sure try any one of their seasonal gins. Pictured is the Spring 2017 gin. Whatever season you choose, enjoy.

Where: Thurso, Caithness
Botanicals: Varies per season
Garnish: Varies per season
Expect to pay: Approx. £40

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The Kelso Elephant Gin

28. Kelso Elephant Gin

This spiced gin from the Kelso Gin Company is another different gin to tickle the taste buds. Kelso Elephant Gin is full of oriental spices make this Borders gin full of flavour.

Where: Kelso, Borders
Botanicals: Juniper, cinnamon and oriental spices
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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Edinburgh Gin

27. Edinburgh Gin

Not many gins in Scotland are named purely after the place of origin but Edinburgh Gin won’t leave you in any doubt where it originates. There a number of flavoured gin liquers from the Edinburgh Gin that are also worth trying. The tour is recommended too.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: 13 including lavender, pine buds, mulberries, lemongrass and lime peel
Garnish: Twist of orange
Expect to pay: £30+ for 70cl

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Old Raj Gin Bottle

26. Cadenhead Old Raj 55% Gin

Sometimes you have to live on the edge and mix things up. When it comes to gin, Old Raj gives you the opportunity to do this. Infused with Saffron, one of, if not the first to do so it creates a slight yellow colour to the gin. Another unique gin for any collection.

Where: Campbeltown, Argyll
Botanicals: Coriander, angelica root, orris root, orange peel, lemon peel, almond power, saffron
Garnish: Lemon
Expect to pay: £25 – £30 for 70cl

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Soma Gin and Techno

25. Soma Gin and Techno

A gin named after a Scottish techno label? Not your usual gin, Soma Gin and Techno is good all the same. This gin was on limited release to celebrate their 25th anniversary so this is a special gin to try.

Where: Glasgow
Botanicals: Several including soft coriander, orange peel and wild thyme
Garnish: Lime
Expect to pay: £32 for 70cl

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LoneWolf Gin

24. Lonewolf Gin

Brewdog, not satisfied in taking Scottish craft beer to a global market, the boys have only went and released a gin. Their V3 Lonewolf Gin is their 181st prototype and you know they are not lying when they say no corners are cut or compromises made in getting their gin right.

Where: Ellon, Aberdeenshire
Botanicals: 13 including cardamon, Thai lemongrass, red grapefruit peel, Scots pine needles
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £32 for 70cl

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Not Another Effing Gin

23. Not Another Effing Gin

What do you get when a Scottish marketing agency decides to enter the gin market? They make a bold and attempt to stand out from the norm when it comes to marketing the gin. It has worked as this gin has made this effing list.

Where: Edinburgh
Botanicals: Seven including ginger, liquorice, lime peel and coriander seeds.
Garnish: Whatever you effing want
Expect to pay: £45 if you can find somewhere that has any in stock

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Verdant Gin Dundee

22. Verdant Dry Gin

Scottish Gin of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Gin Awards, Verdant Dry Gin is a mighty fine gin. From the home of the first distillery in Dundee for 200 years, we recommend you try and seek this one out.

Where: Dundee
Botanicals: Ten including coriander seed, lemon peel, liquorice, grains of paradise
Garnish: Orange Peel
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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House of Elrick Gin

21. House of Elrick Gin

The makers of House of Elrick Gin describe themselves as a hand crafted, artisan gin and one of the finest available. We can’t argue too much, it is a great gin. The gin is made with the freshest water from Loch Ness for what it is worth.

Where: Newmacher, Aberdeenshire
Botanicals: Eight including heather, pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose petals
Garnish: Lime
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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Crossbill Gin

20. Crossbill Gin

Some gins like Wild Island Gin below like to throw a lot of botanicals in the mix. Crossbill Gin goes for just two – juniper berries and rosehip. Sometimes you have to keep it simple.

Where: Aviemore
Botanicals: Juniper and rosehip
Garnish: Lime
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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Wild Island Gin

19. Wild Island Gin

Scottish islanders know how to make gin as our list shows. They only release 750 bottles of this gin at a time. When you try it you will find a mix of local botanicals to Isle of Colonsay as well as another ten from further a field.

Where: Isle of Colonsay
Botanicals: 16 including heather, meadowsweet, bog myrtle and wild water mint
Garnish: Lemon
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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18. Makar Glasgow Gin

As things stand, Glasgow is home to a surprisingly low number of gins which makes Makar Glasgow Gin an essential edition to our 50 Scottish gins to try before you die list. Makar Gin has a colourful taste and with tonic can be slightly peppery.

Where: Glasgow
Botanicals: Seven including lemon peel, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cassia, liquorice, rosemary, angelica root
Garnish: Green chilli or rosemary
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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Boe Violet Gin

17. Boe Violet Gin

How do you make your gin stand out? Infuse it with violets to give it an amazing colour that is accompanied with a light, delicate floral taste. A bottle of Boe Violet Gin will most certainly bring a bit of colour to your gin collection.

Where: Stirling
Botanicals: 13 including coriander, ginger, orange peel. lemon peel, liquorice, almonds
Garnish: Blueberries
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Porters Gin

16. Porters Gin

Created by three guys from Aberdeen and named after a professor who lent the distilling equipment. Porters gin is made at the first distillery in over 100 years and it ain’t half bad which means it is more than deserving of a place on our list.

Where: Aberdeen
Botanicals: 12 including pink peppercorn, orange peel, buddha’s hand, cassia bark
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Hills & Harbour Gin

15. Hills and Harbour Gin

Both the most northern and southern gins feature on this list. Hills and Harbour Gin takes the southern title just over the Solway gins. This is a complex and refreshing gin from the Crafty Distillery that comes in a rather fetching bottle.

Where: Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway
Botanicals: 11 including noble fir pine needles, bladderwrack seaweed
Garnish: Mango
Expect to pay: £33 for 70cl

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Lussa Gin

14. Lussa Gin

This beauty from the Isle of Jura comes with the slogan “An adventure in gin”. Lussa gin comes from an all-female ‘women in gin’ team. Expect a full bodied floral gin that brings the taste buds to life.

Where: Isle of Jura
Botanicals: 15 including lemon thyme, coriander seeds, rose petals, lemon balm leaves, elderflower
Garnish: Lemon
Expect to pay: £50 for 70cl

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Orkney Mikklemas Gin

13. Orkney Mikklemas Gin

This is a winter inspired gin to compliment their summer inspired gin, Johnsmas. Orkney Mikklemas Gin is a spicy, silky smooth gin that follows the bathtub method of making gin.

Where: Orkney Islands
Botanicals: Six including mulled spices, seville orange peel, cinnamon, rose hip and heather berries.
Garnish: Lime or orange
Expect to pay: £35 – £40 for 70cl

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Strathearn Heather Rose Gin

12. Strathearn Heather Rose Gin

You may be mistaken on first look that this gin has a whisky influence however the colour comes from a combination of rose and heather which changes to a shade of pink with the addition of tonic.

Where: Methven, Perth
Botanicals: Seven including coriander seeds, orange peel, lemon peel, liquorice, rose petals and purple heather flowers
Garnish: A gin that can go without a garnish
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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Achroous Gin

11. Achroous Gin

A gin that might divide opinion which means you really have to try this Scottish gin. Made by Leith’s Electric Spirit Co. this gin is made with sichuan pepper and fennel seed which brings a distinct taste to proceedings. It also comes in a funky bottle.

Where: Leith, Edinburgh
Botanicals: Seven including sichuan pepper, coriander and fennel seed, orris root and liquorice
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £40 for 70cl

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10. Shetland Reel Gin

From the only actual gin distillery on the Shetland Isles comes this fantastic Shetland Reel gin. Not only is it the sole distillery on the island but it is also the most northern in the UK.

Where: Shetland Isles
Botanicals: Eight including coriander, orris root, citrus peel and apple mint
Garnish: Raspberries
Expect to pay: £35 – £42 for 70cl

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Airbikie Kirsty's Gin

9. Arbikie Kirstys’ Gin

Distilled from Arbikie’s potato vodka, this gin has a unique and distinctive taste that must be tried. Kirstys’ gin is named after master distiller Kirsty Black. High five for getting a gin named after yourself, Kirsty!

Where: Arbroath
Botanicals: Four including kelp, carline thistle and blaeberries
Garnish: Blueberries and lemon
Expect to pay: £35+ for 70cl

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Misty Isle Gin

8. Misty Isle Gin

A 2017 gin that is extremely refreshing. This Isle of Skye gin uses spring water from the Storr Lochs and is definitely one to try sooner rather than later. That’s if you can get your hands on some.

Where: Isle of Skye
Botanicals: 11 including coriander seeds, angelica root and lemon peel
Garnish: Orange peel
Expect to pay: £35+ for 70cl

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Loch Ness Gin

7. Loch Ness Gin

Using botanicals from the banks of Loch Ness, this is a very good gin. The team at Loch Ness tell you that it can stand on its own as a sipping gin. Don’t feel you will be judged if you add a bit of tonic in there though.

Where: Loch Ness, Highlands
Botanicals: Premium ‘black gold’ juniper and other local botanicals
Garnish: Kiwi fruit
Expect to pay: £45+ for 70cl

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The Botanist Gin

6. The Botanist Gin

The Botanist has established itself as a popular gin not just in Scotland but the UK and rightly so. Another island gin but this time from Islay. Made with 31 botanicals it is a sensation to the nose let alone the fresh taste in the mouth.

Where: Isle of Islay
Botanicals: 31 including 22 local bontanicals
Garnish: Mint leaf
Expect to pay: £30 – £35 for 70cl

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Isle of Harris Gin

5. Isle of Harris Gin

Another island gin; another very good gin. There was a bit of a buzz when Isle of Harris Gin hit the market and it will sit in many peoples lists of favourite gin. This is a flowery gin on first taste. It is also one of the best bottle designs in the business.

Where: Isle of Harris, Outer Hebridies
Botanicals: Nine including sugar kelp, angelica root, liquorice and bitter orange peel
Garnish: Grapefruit or lime
Expect to pay: £35 for 70cl

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4. NB Gin

Scottish gins win awards and NB Gin has a few prestigous honours under its belt. If it is good enough for the queen’s 90th birthday, it is good enough for us, right? This is a cracking London Dry gin but don’t just take our word for it.

Where: North Berwick, East Lothian
Botanicals: Several including lemon peel, cassia bark, angelica root, coriander seed
Garnish: Orange
Expect to pay: £30 for 70cl

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Kirkjuvagr Gin

3. Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin

Kirkjuvagr has only been around since 2016 but it is a must try for all gin lovers. It hasn’t taken long for more than just us to tell you though. Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin has been nominated in the 2017 Scottish Gin Awards. This gin lives and breathes Orkney.

Where: Kirkwall, Orkney
Botanicals: Several including Ramana Rose, Burnet Rose and Borage
Garnish: A twist of orange rind
Expect to pay: £45 for 70cl

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Rock Rose Gin Bottle

2. Rock Rose Gin

A multi-award winning gin from Dunnet Bay Distillers. Rock Rose should be on everyone’s bucket list. Dunnet Bay have released a few special editions but this is the original. It is also one of our favourite bottles.

Where: Thurso, Caithness
Botanicals: Several including rhodiola rosea, sea buckthorn, rowan berries
Garnish: Rosemary or mint leaves
Expect to pay: £35 – £40 for 70cl

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Hendricks Gin

1. Hendrick’s Gin

The daddy of them all and a pioneer for craft Scottish gins across the world. Hendrick’s is a favourite gin for many. If you are looking for your first gin to try then look no further. Pour a Hendrick’s Gin over ice, a slice of cucumber and top up with Fever Tree Tonic. You can thank us later.

Where: Girvan, Ayrshire
Botanicals: Juniper, Rose and Cucumber
Garnish: Cucumber
Expect to pay: £30 for 70cl

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