Husband and wife Hamish and Liberty Martin purchased a derelict plot of land in the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh in 2011. Over several years the couple transformed the unloved space into a garden which is home to over 600 herbs, a shop, a cafe and an educational space. Hamish, a former wine merchant with a diploma in Herbology teamed up with staff member Steve Ross, an experienced mixologist to create a diverse range of gins.
Setting up the distillery in 2017, the team set to work developing recipes that utilised a fine range of botanicals. With the botanical combinations established, a magical surprise from Mother Nature – when tonic was added, the gin changed colour!
With its floral notes of roses, this gin changes colour from a light sepia colour to a vibrant fuchsia pink when tonic is added. The Secret Herb Garden does not use any chemicals to grow their flowers, meaning that the beautiful aroma and taste are 100% natural and infused from the distillation process.
Key Botanical(s): Apothecary Rose
Gin Style: Contemporary
Strength: 39% vol
Goes great with: Tonic and ice.
Location: The Old Curiosity Distillery, Midlothian, Scotland
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The distilling, bottling and labelling all take place at the distillery, which is located in the rolling green landscape of the Lothianburn on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Many of the botanicals that are used in the gins are grown on-site at the secret herb garden. Flowers are hand-picked and dried by a team of dedicated gardeners led by Scottish herbologist Hamish Martin. The distillery itself can be found in a repurposed outbuilding that houses not only the custom-built copper pot still but also the vast array of dried flowers, botanicals and more. With over one thousand juniper bushes, the distillery hopes to one day be entirely reliant on the gardens for botanicals.
Booking: Distillery tours start Spring 2019
32A Old Pentland Road, Lothianburn, Midlothian, Scotland, EH10 7EA - View on Google Maps