As we continue to bring you the stories behind some of Scottish Gin’s gin-producing couples, it’s lovely to share the story of entrepreneurial couple, Steve and Lynne Duthie who launched Esker Gin in 2016 from their garden shed in Cults, Aberdeen.
While the garden shed was a great start for the gin brand, by the summer of 2016 Esker Gin was so popular that they had to search for new premises, and in early 2017 the distillery moved to the Kincardine Estate, the home of the silver birch sap that is a key botanical in Esker.
The multi-award winning Esker Gin is now produced in the family-owned distillery located on the highland estate on Royal Deeside Scotland.
We asked Lynne about their gin journey as a couple.
How did you meet?
In a pub, after mutual friends plotted to put us together.
How did you begin your Scottish Gin journey together?
It started with a love of gin, an interest in the distilling process and how botanicals work together. We bought a little still for the kitchen and it took off from there.
What’s the best thing about working together?
Probably the feeling of being in this together – and sharing a lift to work at the distillery.
What do you like to do together when you’re not working?
We both love motorsport, particularly Formula 1, along with going to festivals and gigs. We also love skiing when the conditions are right – and teaching our 4-year-old to ski means having great family time.
Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?
We will probably spend it working, although we might share a sandwich at lunchtime!