Pickering's Gin - 70cl - 42% ABV
Founded by Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell, the distillery is based in Summerhall Art hub, in a space that used to be the kennels of the Small Animal Hospital at the former Edinburgh School of Veterinary Studies.
The botanicals are macerated for 24 hours with neutral grain spirit in a 500 litre Portuguese made copper still, nicknamed Gert after Matt’s great grandmother.
With 9 botanicals – juniper, coriander, cardamom, angelica, fennel, anise, lemon, lime and cloves – the gin treads a fine line and is somehow simple and deep. With fresh, crisp piney notes from the juniper, it’s a classic gin with a twist. With the core flavours present upfront, fennel looms in the background, so too does the cardamom, but it’s brought back by the lime.