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The Illicit Spirits Distillery established in 2017 by distiller Darran Edmond, is a true urban craft distillery that uses traditional distillation methods to create modern spirits. The name Illicit Spirits is a nod to both the era of illicit distilleries and also the Illicit Spirits location – hidden in plain sight just like the speakeasies of old. You’ll find the distillery tucked away in a repurposed railway arch that was once used for illegal raves in the Tradeston area of Glasgow.

Using a traditional direct-fired copper pot still, and Darran’s background in distilling, meant he had a good idea of what botanicals his ideal gin recipe would include. The Illicit Spirits Distillery will be a testbed for a number of exciting craft spirit projects and collaborations.

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Illicit Gin

Illicit Gin

Illicit Gin is the signature gin from the Illicit Spirits Distillery and a traditional London Dry Gin. Using a direct-fired copper pot still, and a balance of traditional gin botanicals, this juniper dominant gin features a fresh pine taste, with a hint of citrus and spice.


Key Botanical(s): Juniper, Clove, Cinnamon
Gin Style: London Dry
Strength: 40% vol
Goes great with: A slice of orange peel, a cardamom pod, tonic and ice.


Method: Rectified - Grain Neutral Spirit
Location: Illicit Spirits Distillery, Glasgow City, Scotland


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Illicit Spirits Distillery

Illicit Spirits Distillery is hidden away off a courtyard surrounded by railway arches and businesses of various guises. Once used for illegal raves in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, the site is now home to a legal distillery. Founded by Darran Edmond, the distillery is a true urban distillery producing gins and spirits inspired by both Glasgow and the history of distilling. 


Tour: No
Shop: No
Booking: Not open to the public


Unit 3, Bridge Court, 12 Cook Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G5 8JN - View on Google Maps

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