Our third Gin for the February Gin Club is the mighty company of Edinburgh Gin. When looking for Gins to be involved in February we weren’t initially think about Edinburgh. This is mainly because we could have done a whole gin club just on them, their product list seems to grow and grow. For February’s Gin Club we are getting something rather special, they are bringing along the new Cannonball Gin – along with other goodies too.
Edinburgh Gin is part of Spencerfield Spirit Company and was launched in June 2010. Edinburgh Gin’s parent company – Spencerfield Spirit Co also have Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose whiskies.
Now here comes the bit we at Gin Club debated for a long time, we always thought Edinburgh Gin was made in England and only bottled in Edinburgh, however… For the first four years of its life it was made in England in a still called “Jenny”. Then the spirit was shipped to Edinburgh and a selection of locally sourced and grown Scottish botanicals such as juniper berries, milk thistle, pine, heather were combined with the gin distillate from England, watered down and bottled. But since summer 2014 the whole process now takes place in Edinburgh – thus ends the argument of Edinburgh Gins true origin.
The Edinburgh Gin range is rather impressive with Raspberry Gin (which we have been told are Rasps from Perthshire – hopefully Blairgowrie as Stuart and I have strict rules about the berries we eat as essentially our entire teenage years were paid for by working on the berries) and Elderflower Gin. And for us we will be using the strong “navy strength” stuff called Cannonball.
Edinburgh Gin has a full juniper hit (I keep saying this but Gins really should taste of Juniper) with heathery notes. We haven’t tried the Cannonball yet though, I’m guessing it’s the same just stronger. We might and I say might be making Martini’s for the evening which I want to call Mongs Meg Martini’s (doubtful if this will stick though).