The clues are all around us, colder days, darker mornings, turning leaves. Yes, the summer is well and truly behind us and we’re looking out our gloves and jumpers. But we’re not too sad. At Scottish Gin HQ, we’re looking forward to Halloween – one of our favourite holidays.
While our thoughts are turned to all things creepy and spooky, we got thinking about how many lovely Scottish Gins have mysterious, otherworldly elements to their brands. So, we’ve pulled together this list of five Scottish Gins that are perfect to sip at Halloween.
Selkie Gin, from Old Poison Distillery, is distilled in the heart of Edinburgh. The small-batch gin is handcrafted using fresh citrus fruits and is named after the mythical selkie (Orcadian dialect for seal), an alluring shape-shifting creature. Even the bottle itself would make a great Haloween prop – resembling an old-fashioned poison bottle!
Fairytale Highland Gin
Distilled in what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and quirky distilleries we have ever seen, the range of Fairytale Highland Gins can’t help but put you in mind of folk tales from another time. The distillery overlooks the ancient Eilean Donan Castle and the still is even called Tinkerbelle! With a wide range of gins available, there’s plenty of choice for your Halloween tipple here!
Another sprite-like brand that produces multiple gins, Solway Spirits is based in Dumfries and Galloway and, as they only produce 50 bottles per run, they can truly call themselves a micro-distillery. A mystical fairy adorns their bottles in an eerie forest scene, making us think more of the ghostly types of spirits, rather than the pouring type! Lovers of flavoured gin will be spoilt for choice with their extensive range, which includes apple caramel and rhubarb crumble.
Colonsay Gin from Wild Thyme Spirits is rooted in the Celtic folklore of the Isle of Colonsay. They say that each bottle of the small-batch gin is watched over by their special helper, ALVA, a delightful, red-haired maiden, who lives at the home of Wild Thyme Spirits – Tigh na Uruisg – which means Home of the Spirit.
An old Irish myth tells about a man called stingy Jack, who invited the devil to have a drink with him one Halloween. We wonder if it was gin or not. Anyway, this wonderful Highland Spiced Gin from Pixel Spirits has a taste of traditional juniper as well as warming cardamom and nutmeg, ideal for around a bonfire.
Whichever Scottish Gin you opt for this Halloween, we hope you have a great time, please remember to enjoy Scottish Gin responsibly.