7 New Scottish Drinks Launches


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If you’re looking to update your bar cart, then take a look at these fab five new Scottish drinks which all launched within the last few months.

Highland Boundary

Owners Marian and Simon have created this unique Scottish spirit, made from locally foraged botanicals found on their farm in Blairgowrie.

These botanicals, which include foliage, flowers and berries are then combined with a grain spirit and water from the Alyth Hill and distilled to create this Birch and Elderflower spirit, which can be drunk with soda or tonic or as part of a cocktail such as a Wild Negroni.

Wild Boundary is available now priced at £29.

Kingsbarns Single Malt Whisky

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Last month, family owned Fife distillery Kingsbarns released their first single malt whisky. Distilled on site near St Andrews, the distillery is also home to Darnley’s Gin.

Titled, Kingsbarns ‘Dream to Dram’, the whisky has been named to mark the Wemyss Family’s vision to bring malt whisky distilling to their Fife home. The new release is a truly local dram, having been slowly crafted with barley harvested exclusively from the nearby fields in this charming location.

The taste is that of a traditional lowland whisky – light and smooth with no peat or smoke.

Dream to Dram is the first generally available single malt whisky from Kingsbarns Distillery, and is priced at £44.95 from the Kingsbarns Distillery online shop and at specialist and independent outlets across the UK.

Eden Mill Love Gin Liqueur

Launched just in time for Valentine’s Day, this brightly coloured gin liqueur is an ideal gift for any Eden Mill fan. Flavoured with Madagascan vanilla, Croatian juniper, goji berry, rose petal and Scottish raspberry, this sweet treat will taste fab on its own, with tonic or as a lively touch to a glass of fizz.

Tasting like raspberry ripple ice cream, Eden Mill say: “On the nose, customers will be familiar with the sweet scent of raspberry syrup. Finishing, the liqueur leaves a lingering sweetness, with the vanilla fading to reveal berry fruit and aromatic floral notes.”

If you’re feeling creative, try their Raspberry Ripple Love Gin Liqueur Cocktail – a perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

Pick up a bottle here, or at supermarkets, priced at £18.

Port of Leith Distilled Sherry

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Port of Leith Distillery sherry

Newly opened Port of Leith Distillery recently launched a sherry sourced from Bodegas Baron in Cadiz, Andalucía. Port of Leith Distillery Sherry is a refreshing style of Oloroso, with zingy citrus notes, dried fruit, and a beautiful array of nutty flavours. It’s delicious served at room temperature with a plate of charcuterie, roast almonds, or chilled on a hot summer’s evening.

The sherry is inspired by Leith’s maritime past, when whisky merchants based in The Shore area would use empty sherry casks to store their spirits. They soon discovered sherry casks transformed the flavour of their products and a major innovation in whisky production was born. In the future, Port of Leith Distillery will source sherry casks from Bodegas Baron to mature its whisky.

The Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One

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Glengoyne Legacy

Whisky fans should get the 18th February in the diary as this is when Glengoyne launch their first new global release in almost two years.

The Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One represents the first in a series of annual releases from Glengoyne Distillery, which proudly reveal the tales that have shaped Glengoyne as it is known today.

The new expression boasts a rich, fruity flavour profile, featuring notes of toffee, warm pear, spicy cinnamon and vanilla. The flavours in Chapter One derive from the core of first fill European oak Oloroso sherry casks that have matured this whisky, representing sherry casks that were first brought to Glengoyne by distillery manager Cochrane Cartwright during his time in charge – from 1869.

Katy Macanna, Brand Manager for Glengoyne, said: “Glengoyne Distillery is known for its unhurried distillation process and six year wood journey from tree to cask. The first in our new Legacy Series is a fitting tribute to former distillery manager Cochrane Cartwright and the vital role he played in shaping the award-winning whisky that we remain tremendously proud of today.”

The Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One will retail at £54.99 per 70cl bottle, and will be available to purchase here from 18th February.

Walter Gregor’s Tonic

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Walter Gregor

The manufacturer of Scotland’s first tonic water has expanded its range with four new flavours. Walter Gregor’s tonic water was launched in 2015, and is hand crafted in Pitsligo in the North East of Scotland. The mixer is named after a 19th Century North East minister and renowned plantsman whose garden is now used to grow many of the botanical ingredients for the tonic water which is packed full of natural ingredients and hand-crafted.

The flavours include: Original – a light and crisp tonic water with a soft bubble; Scottish Raspberry – a tangy tonic water made with, as the name suggests, Scottish raspberries; Cucumber and Mint – a refreshing tonic water naturally flavoured with fresh cucumber and mint; Apple and Cinnamon –  which tastes like apple pie in a bottle with refreshing apple with cinnamon notes; Spiced – warming flavours of cinnamon, cloves and orange which will be perfect for cold days.

A gift pack is available with all flavours, priced at £9 here.

FIFTY/50/GIN

The world’s oldest gin is now available to buy and is sure to be something special. Fifty/50/Gin was created by maturing a batch of London dry gin in virgin oak casks and ex whisky casks for 20 years, giving it a distinct colour and flavour.

In order to bring it back to a more ‘gin like’ state, the spirit has been blended with a new gin at a ratio of 1-1.

Fans of both gin and whisky will enjoy this unique drink, either as a traditional serve or in a cocktail. The first batch is available in 50cl barrel bottles at 50%vol and produced a limited run of 1994 bottles.  For more information and how to buy a bottle, priced at £55, please click here.

Rosalind Erskine

I write features and web articles for No.1 Magazine on everything from interiors and homes to beauty, fashion and food and drink.