McLean’s Gin started in the “gin cupboard” of a tenement flat, in Battlefield in the Southside of Glasgow. The newly married Mr & Mrs McLean have recently upscaled to a “gin lab” in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, where they have increased production to 50l batches, five times their old cupboard capacity!
Colin and Jess McLean developed their passion for gin making after receiving a ‘Make Your Own Gin’ kit. From here the couple invested in a small gin still that could produce six-litre batches. With their first gin produced, bottled, labelled and wax sealed, the couple decided to put the time they had spent experimenting with botanicals to good use and have since created a number of unique expressions.
Originally created as a limited edition release to celebrate the nuptials of THE Mr & Mrs McLean, Something Blue has now been added to the core range. Something Blue focuses on Colin and Jess’ favourite botanicals; the Tonka Bean and the Buchu Leaf. Hints of summer fruits, mint, caramel and hand-rolled tobacco leaf, supported by a fresh herbaceous background.
Key Botanical(s): Tonka Bean, Buchu Leaf
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 39.4% vol
Goes great with: A sprig of mint, a slice of cucumber, tonic and ice.
Method: Cold Compound
Location: The McLean’s Gin Lab, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Based in South Lanarkshire, the McLean’s ‘Gin Lab’ isn’t technically a distillery, as McLean’s gin is produced using the cold compound method, however, the Ginnery or ‘Gin Lab’, as it’s affectionately known, provides ample space and opportunity for the team at McLean’s Gin to experiment with new flavours and the development of new products.
Burnbank Farm, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML10 6QF - View on Google Maps