Established in 2013, Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh’s first exclusive gin distillery in over 150 years, is housed on the site of an old animal hospital and veterinary school known locally as the Dick Vet.
Pickering’s was lovingly created by its founders, Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell. Business partners for 12 years. Friends for even longer. Marcus’s interest in gin came from his time working at Skibo Castle, perfecting cocktails and leading tours around the local distilleries. Matthew was responsible for transforming the old animal hospital dog kennels into a fully operational distillery, armed with his engineering degree and renovation experience.
Pickering's Gin is based on an old Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it resurfaced in 2013 when they began distilling at Summerhall. The result is a spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome gin.
Key Botanical(s): Cardamom, Coriander Seed, Clove
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 42% vol
Goes great with: A slice of grapefruit, tonic and ice.
Location: Summerhall Distillery, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
The Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh’s first gin distillery in the city for over 150 years, is located in Edinburgh’s old animal hospital, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies or locally know as the ‘Dick Vet’. In 2013 it was refurbished and became one of Europe’s leading centres for creative arts housing an international art museum as well as hosting theatre, music and literature events in the building. The distillery is discreetly tucked just off the main courtyard and resides in the old dog kennels. Packed with character, it is a fitting home for Pickering’s gin and a magical setting for tours and tastings.
Booking: To book a distillery tour visit the Pickering's Gin website here
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 1PL - View on Google Maps