Launched in 2013, Pickering's Gin was the first new Gin distillery in Edinburgh in 150 years, bringing the tidal wave of craft distilling burgeoning across the UK to the historic city.
The recipe for Pickering's Gin is based on an original Bombay recipe dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it only resurfaced in 2013 when they began distilling at Summerhall. The gin today is a modern recreation of this original recipe, as the duo changed the balance of the botanicals and altered the recipe to suit more modern tastes. For example, they increased the amount of juniper compared to the original, which would have been spicier and rootier.
The 1947 expression is made to the original Pickering's Gin recipe recorded in India in 1947 the nine botanicals are juniper, coriander, cardamom, fennel, anise, lemon, lime, cloves and cinnamon (in place of the angelica used in regular Pickering's).
Juniper berries, coriander seeds, cardamom, fennel, anise, lemon, lime, cloves and cinnamon.
Nose: Dried lime peels at first, though it soon enough develops a core of chopped green herbs.
Palate: Soft and creamy, and quite Christmas-y too! Cinnamon, clove and fruit notes result in an almost mince pie-like flavour profile.
Finish: Remains festively sweet, with a crackle of peppery juniper right on the tail.
Red Snapper cocktail. (the Bloody Mary"„¢s ginny sibling)
Premium tonic garnished with an orange wedge. Try with a dried chilli garnish for some added heat!