Christmas is a great time to enjoy gin with friends and family and this year, why not bring along a bottle of something special that will get you all in the festive mood? In our latest seasonal gin guide, we’re looking at a selection of Scottish Gins that are perfect for gifts, stocking fillers or festive celebrations.
Red Door Winter Gin
A new release from the team behind Red Door Gin at Benromach Distillery, this Highland Gin with Winter Botanicals, combines the warmth of allspice, aromatic sea buckthorn, the zesty citrus of blood orange, fruity sultanas and fresh, lemony hop blossom, winter is wrapped up with a silky-smooth finish. Perfect for winter evenings! Red Door Gin with Winter Botanicals (RRP £29.99) is available to order directly from the Red Door Distillery in Forres by calling 01309 675 968.
Illicit Christmas Spirit
Getting in the Christmas Spirit, the folks from Illicit Gin have released this version of their classic London Dry gin with a warming blend of festive spices:
Clove, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Perfect in a hot gin toddy and with your favourite people, it’s available for £35 for 70cl here.
Goodwill Christmas Spiced Gin
If you want to spread some Festive Goodwill, a bottle of this Scottish craft gin matured in oak casks will go a long way! Made in Dingwall using nine botanicals, the GlenWyvis Christmas GoodWill is characterised by seasonal flavours of cinnamon and rich dried fruits.
Available in a 50cl bottle, this is the perfect stocking filler – made to share at Christmas! Bottles cost £36.99 and are available to buy here.
Pickering’s Festively Flavoured Gins
Not just available in baubles, Pickering’s have also released their range of Festively Flavoured Gins in cute 20cl bottles, perfect for stocking fillers or Christmas eve drinks.
Choose from Christmas Clementine, Festive Cranberry, Spiced Pear and Cinnamon, Figgy Pudding and Plum and Ginger or the infamous Brussel Sprout flavour gin – something for everyone? They cost £12 each and you can order them here.
HRAFN Winter Gin
Aside from the stunning packaging, this winter edition of the multi-award-winning HRAFN superior dry gin is distilled with delicate mandarin and infused with Royal Green Horanji Frankincense and Premium Omani Myrrh to give a deep well-balanced mystical fragrance and ethereal taste. Limited to 1,000 hand-numbered bottles, you can buy yours here for £39 and be entered into their mega prize draw too!
Isle of Skye Mulled Christmas Gin
Forget the mulled wine this festive season – why not try this delicious mulled gin from Isle of Skye Distillers? The botanicals are all soaked in the rich, Italian Amarone red wine prior to distilling. Giving this the same flavour profile as a delicious mulled wine combined with a generous juniper hit. It costs £36 for 70Cl available here.
Edinburgh Christmas Gin
Edinburgh Gin’s Christmas edition is flavoured with a unique blend of seasonal botanicals, including frankincense and myrrh – can you get more Christmassy than that? This warming and aromatic gin has sweet orange notes and lingering spice from cinnamon and nutmeg, this comforting tipple makes a festive G&T, with an orange twist. Available in 20cl or 70cl from £15 here.
Old Curiosity Christmas Gin
We’ve come to expect magical things from The Old Curiosity Distillery and they’re bringing back their popular Christmas gin in partnership with 2018 Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal. This Christmas gin is distilled with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, giving the smell of Christmas with a festive spicy flavour. And here’s the magic – the festive colour transforms to a vibrant pink when mixed with tonic water; the perfect showstopper for any Christmas party! Available in 20cl or 50cl from £14.95 on their website.
Solway Gingerlicious Gin
This wonderfully festive gin from Solway Spirits was our recent Featured Gin, and we think it’s perfect for this time of year. If you’re a fan of gingerbread, you must try this! Made using Solway Gin infused with gingerbread syrup, it has an aroma of oriental ginger with aromatic sweet soft undertones, giving way to a hit of ginger on the palate, finishing with hints of sugar and spice that are deliciously smooth and warming. Delicious with ginger ale and lime! Available in 70cl, 20cl and 5cl bottles all 40% abv, from £5, get a bottle here.
Eden Mill Candy Cane Gin
We just love this festive bottle! If Buddy the Elf drank gin – this would be the one! Eden Mill’s Christmas inspired gin is sweet on the palate with a warmer, rich minty character and hints of light berry fruits. Mmmm! Enjoy served with cranberry juice and brambles to garnish. It costs £24 for a 70cl bottle and you can get yours here.
We think you’re sure to find something here to bring a wee bit more warmth and fill you with Christmas Spirit! Please enjoy Scottish Gin responsibly this festive season!