A gin lover's guide to Edinburgh
Edinburgh has played a large part in the history of British gin distilling over the years. The port of Leith, north of the city, had strong trading links with the Netherlands who would trade genever (an early form of gin) along with exotic spices for wool, coal and other Scottish produce.
Gin distilleries emerged around Leith docks, and by 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries in Edinburgh (and nearly 400 unlicensed stills). As time went on, the equipment and techniques used to make gin developed and by the early 19th century gin was incredibly popular. However, due to an issue with crop supply, Scottish distillers turned their attentions to whisky.
Gin fell out of favour with the public in the 20th century and by the mid-1970s, there were no gin distilleries left in Edinburgh. Fast forward a few decades and the gin industry is booming once again. From distillery tours to gin bars, here is a ‘gin-lover’s’ guide to Edinburgh.
Fancy a Tipple?
With the increase in gin distilleries across the city, there are now more bars in Edinburgh that offer a vast array of your favourite spirit! As well as bars being attached to the Edinburgh Gin (Heads and Tales) and Pickering’s (The Royal Dick, where gin is literally on tap) distilleries, we wanted to let you know about a few other watering holes where gin is a speciality.