Having made their mark on the local gin scene with their Stirling Gin Festival in 2014, June and Cameron McCann noticed one thing was missing – a Stirling gin with local botanicals. This started the wheels in motion and whilst out walking their dog and discussing potential botanicals they realised the answer was all around them – the Stirlingshire nettle.
After months of painstaking research, experimenting, refining and tasting, they struck gold with a recipe that delivered everything they wanted. Stirling Gin was launched in 2015 then in 2018 they acquired and renovated their own premises, ‘The Old Smiddy’ distillery, situated under the same towering walls of Stirling Castle, with production starting in the summer of 2019.
The signature gin from Stirling Distillery, this gin features carefully selected botanicals that reflect the unique flavour of Stirlingshire’s local landscape. With bold juniper notes, fresh herbal tones and a peppery tang on the finish, creating a mouthful that is both spicy and dry. The nettles used in the distillation are all sustainably sourced locally tying the landscape to the spirit in the bottle.
Key Botanical(s): Stirlingshire Nettle, Basil
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 43% vol
Goes great with: Torn basil, orange peel, tonic and ice.
Location: Stirling Distillery, Stirling, Scotland
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The Stirling Distillery is housed in what was locally known as the ‘Old Smiddy’, just a short walk from the historic Stirling Castle. The new distillery has been sympathetically fitted out to accommodate some of the modern workings of a distillery without compromising on the character of the old building. The distillery features a shop area and distillery, along with a tasting area where tours, tastings and the gin school are held. With a variety of Scottish Gin experiences available and a number of Scottish spirits related events including whisky tastings, the new distillery has put the spirit of Scotland back into Stirling.
Gin School: Yes
Booking: Book a Stirling Gin Distillery experience here
The Old Smiddy, Lower Castle Hill, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1EN - View on Google Maps