A tale of gin and old sins

Don’t you just love a gin brand that’s inspired by local history?

Old Sins Gin is a Navy Strength gin (at 57.5% ABV.) It is produced by Smugglers Spirits, who present beautifully hand-crafted, innovative small-batch spirits. They are an Edinburgh based brand, and they take their name and inspiration from heroic smugglers that ran the streets of Edinburgh during prohibition in the 18th century. Like them, the team at Smugglers Spirits aim to provide exciting and exhilarating spirits with innovative, bold botanical choices.

One of the key botanicals in Old Sins Gin running alongside the classic juniper is the opium poppy. This gives the gin an exciting and exhilarating flavour profile. Another unique thing about this gin is that it has a natural colour-change element. Opium poppy, dark violet and rose petals together create the initial purple colouration, which then naturally react with tonic or lemon juice to transform the drink to scarlet red.

This exciting gin bottles up the invigorating lives of the olden-day Edinburgh smugglers, to provide an equally exhilarating modern-day drinking experience.

Old Sins Gin has already attracted some top accolades, it was awarded a Silver Award at the World Gin Awards 2022 in the Navy Strength category. This joins the bronze award won by their citrus London Dry Gin, Smugglers Gin, at the World Gin Awards 2021.

All the botanicals used in the Smugglers gins are naturally grown locally in Edinburgh. They are hand-harvested to reduce carbon emissions through reliance on machinery, therefore helping to protect the environment.

Old Sins Gin retails at £38.95 per 50cl bottle. It can be purchased on their website. The gin is also available to buy on Amazon and is used to make cocktails with a sinful streak at Edinburgh cocktail bar Cask Smugglers.

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