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June 8, 2018

World Gin Day You could celebrate World Gin Day with a Colonsay Gin.

We love gin. You love gin and tomorrow is World Gin Day. Start the party by raising a glass to our gin news round-up.

You could kick off by browsing all the gin-related Big Deals and offers available on 5pm by clicking here. From Gin Odyssey Master Classes at Edinburgh's 56 North to gin goblets for two with nibbles at the Oyster Bar in 29, there is plenty to choose from.


In Edinburgh, The Real Mary King’s Close is celebrating World Gin Day by hosting a gin bar with a difference.

For one day only, the recently refurbished outdoor courtyard will be transformed into a bespoke Old Poison pop-up bar.

World Gin Day Old Poison Gin will be popping up at The Real Mary King's Close.

Drawing inspiration from Edinburgh’s famous plague doctors, the courtyard is filled with the aromatic herbs and plants that were used to treat the plague.

It makes for a unique setting for a fizzy gin cocktail or a juniper-inspired mocktail.

While enjoying a drink, attendees will have the chance to meet the characters from the social history tour; perhaps even the Doctor himself.

Scottish craft gin, Old Poison, was founded by mixologist Fabrizio Cioffi and has its roots in Edinburgh.

Fabrizio Cioffi of Old Poison Gin, comments:

'We’re completely in love with The Real Mary King’s Close! Edinburgh’s old town used to be full of licensed and illegal gin distilleries, and it’s likely there were many in and around The Real Mary King’s Close.'

The bar will open between 2pm and 10pm on Saturday the 9th of June 2018 at The Real Mary King’s Close on the Royal Mile.

Last orders will be at 9.30pm. Drinks on offer will include a gin cocktail and a refreshing mocktail, priced at £4.50 and £3.00 respectively.

World Gin Day: gin mist?

Meanwhile in that London, Whitley Neill Gin has created a gin mist, containing zero calories.

Apparently, the gin mists are created using mechanical orbs which use 'ultrasonic vaporisation' to create a continuous stream of microscopic mist.

This mist can be sucked up through a straw to get an instant flavour hit.

The gin mists will be available between 5pm and 10pm tomorrow at The Grafton on Grafton Way; the London Cocktail Club, Goodge Street and Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen on Rathbone Place. If they prove successful, the orbs will be rolled (?!?!!?) out in bars throughout the UK.

Drovers Gin

Rather closer to home, The Wee Farm Distillery in Climpy, South Lanarkshire has launched Drovers Gin.

The one woman operation was established in March 2018 by Jenny McKerr and is based on the McKerr's small livestock farm just outside the mining village of Forth.

We are told that it is the perfect gin to compliment a good Scotch steak due to the careful balance of citrus, thistles, heather, pink peppercorns and allspice.

Colonsay Gin

And if you like your gin a little more remote, you could try Colonsay Gin.

This month, Wild Thyme Spirits is moving its gin production to its HQ on the beautiful Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay.

The first island batch of Colonsay Gin set to run from the still by the end of June. Until now, the gin has been distilled by one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, Strathearn.

To coincide with the production of Colonsay Gin moving to the island, Wild Thyme Spirits have negotiated an exclusive agreement with the Colonsay Estate to hand-forage for botanicals on the island.

This will give the distillers scope to experiment with a huge array of local botanicals. The plan is to create future products with unmistakable Colonsay provenance.

Colonsay Gin is juniper-led, in the classic London Dry style, and is made in a 100L copper still in small batches of only 162 bottles. The spirit is distilled with seven botanicals; juniper, angelica root, calamus root, liquorice root, orange peel, orris root and coriander seeds.

So, World Gin Day? We'll drink to that.