Pickering's Navy Strength Gin - 70cl - 57% ABV
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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.
For their 7th Batch, they launched a Navy Strength Pickering’s Gin edition to celebrate the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – the bottles are adorned with a bearskin helmet similar to those worn by guards in their ceremonial military uniform (don’t worry, the caps weren’t made from actual bearskins!). With the same botanical line up, the flavours are similar although there is a pronounced increase in the overall spice of the gin due to the higher ABV.