The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre has linked up with local Old Curiosity gin distillery to bring to life their vision of the perfect serve.
The Balmoral is the latest luxury hotel to launch a premium own-label Scottish Gin. The gin is aptly named ‘Baile Mhoireil’, which is Gaelic for ‘Majestic dwelling’.
Created in partnership with The Old Curiosity Distillery, home to the range of Secret Garden Gins, the gin is inspired by the breathtaking Scottish landscapes, embodying the country’s well-loved culture and spirit.
In line with Old Curiosity’s natural distilling process, Baile Mhoireil features a range of local botanicals including rosemary, dill, sage, chamomile, anise and lemon verbena, all hand-harvested exclusively from The Old Curiosity Distillery gardens, located just 6 miles from the hotel.
The result is a unique and refreshing flavour with hints of subtle citrus notes. The zesty spirit drinks perfectly when served with tonic, dried grapefruit, a sprig of rosemary and a spritz of lemon verbena.
Cameron Matthews, The Balmoral’s Gin Ambassador, said:
‘It’s a real pleasure to serve a quality gin like Baile Mhoireil in Bar Prince. It was our vision to create a sustainable gin while supporting this incredible local supplier. Gin has become a very popular spirit and we are seeing more discerning customers asking for a specific flavour profile. After two years of development with the Old Curiosity Distillery it has been a privilege to create our own spirit in order to meet the needs of our guests. The bottle design is a nod to the hotel’s history and will also make for a beautiful memento for our guests.’
Hamish Martin, Scottish Herbologist and Owner and Founder of The Secret Herb Garden and The Old Curiosity Distillery said,
‘We are so proud to partner up with The Balmoral to create this truly beautiful gin – it has taken time, many experiments and a passion to deliver and as we are only 6 miles away, it doesn’t get more local than that. It is also brilliant to be able to showcase what botanicals can be grown here in Edinburgh. It is wonderful to share so many values; sustainable, provenance and of course allowing nature to thrive naturally, completely free from any chemicals. We hope you enjoy this gin as much as we have enjoyed growing, harvesting, drying, distilling and bottling it.’
To celebrate the launch of Baile Mhoireil, The Balmoral is offering a new gin tasting experience with cocktails devised by the hotels very own Gin Ambassador. Guests can purchase a bottle of Baile Mhoireil to take home from Bar Prince located in The Balmoral hotel, retailing at £12.50 for a 5cl bottle or £47.50 for a 50cl bottle.