For many centuries, the Port of Leith was Scotland’s premier port for goods coming into Scotland, including spices, botanicals and rum from the Caribbean and Jenever from Holland. A number of distilleries popped up and kept weary sailors in high spirits. Fast forward to present day and you’ll find the Port of Leith Distillery a stone’s throw from the docks.
Established by two friends, the Port of Leith Distillery currently produce a variety of crafted spirits including Sherry and Gin. 2019 will see construction begin on their new purpose-built distillery that overlooks the Firth of Forth. The distillery will be Scotland’s first vertical distillery and will add a new chapter to the story of Leith’s distillation history.
This gin is influenced by Leith’s historical maritime figure James Lind who carried out a number of trials that showed citrus fruit improved the sailor’s health. Lind & Lime Gin is created using seven carefully curated botanicals that work in harmony to create a fresh and balanced flavour profile.
Sitting just a few yards from the Port of Leith basin and hidden away amongst some inconspicuous industrial units, you’ll find the Tower Street Stillhouse, the temporary home to the team behind the Port of Leith Distillery, alongside Electric Spirit Co. It’s fair to say it’s the only distillery in the UK to feature a shed as an office! Home to a number of spirits and drinks including Lind & Lime Gin and Oloroso Sherry, 2019 will see construction work begin on a new building that will become the permanent home to Port of Leith Distillery, which will include both whisky and gin distillation. It will be the world’s first vertical whisky distillery, spanning 5 floors and delivering panoramic views over the Port of Leith.
53 Tower Street, Leith, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 7BN - View on Google Maps