From an East Lothian village to the glittering BRITs: NB Gin’s limited edition bottles for star-studded bash

NB Gin is to celebrate its association with the BRIT Awards by serving music’s biggest stars from hand-etched BRIT-inspired bottles created by a designer from her home studio in a Scottish village.

NB Gin to the BRITs

NB Gin will be a drinks sponsor at the official Sony BRIT Awards after-party in London for the third year in a row. Stars at the glittering bash will enjoy five-star treatment at a secret upmarket venue and NB Gin’s hand-etched bottles will be served to the celebrity A-listers.

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The perfect vodka summer serves

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Now that the good weather is (sort of) here, we thought it was about time to offer up some perfect vodka summer serves that will ensure you enjoy NB London Dry Citrus Vodka in all its glory.

Our citrus vodka is the first of its kind in the world so it’s only right that it’s served in a way that really makes our creation sing in the glass… and in your mouth.

Here are a few of our perfect vodka summer serves to ensure your sunny evenings are as gorgeous as they possibly can be!

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NB Gin featured in commemorative album for Queen’s 90th Birthday

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NB Gin, the multi-award-winning premium spirit produced in Scotland, will appear in the official commemorative publication for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration to take place at Windsor Castle this year.

While The Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April and her official birthday is on a Saturday in June, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will take place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Home Park, Windsor Castle, and will celebrate The Queen’s life, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs, her involvement with the armed forces and her love of horses.

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Five things that happened at the Sony BRITs After Party

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NB Gin was served to the stars for the second year in a row at the BRITs Sony After Party in London last week.

NB was the ONLY gin on offer at the event and A-list celebs and music moguls enjoyed it very much… in fact, they enjoyed it so much that they drank every bottle.

We had a blast at the event. Here are five things that happened…

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NB Gin returns to star-studded BRIT Awards party

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NB Gin, the multi-award-winning premium spirit produced in North Berwick, has received an exclusive return invitation to the Sony Music BRIT Awards After Party in London on 24th February, where it will be served to the cream of world pop for the second year running.

The BRIT Awards is the British music industry’s biggest and glitziest night of the year, and with stars such as Adele, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and Coldplay on this year’s nominee list, it should be one of the most hotly-contested nights in the event’s history.

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A life of luxury drinks

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After we were chosen by Rolls Royce as one of the world’s most revered brands in their enthusiasts publication, we’ve been celebrating this as Luxury Week.

We couldn’t resist tempting you into the most luxurious cocktails in the world and even included the cocktail we came up with for Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour.

Rolls Royce – Spirit of Splendour

This cocktail emphasises the highlights of luxury life without breaking the bank as you can make it in your own home.

To make this gorgeous cocktail, fill a shaker with ice and add a healthy measure (50ml) of NB Gin, mix in 12½ml red Vermouth, 5ml of Pedro Ximenez sherry and finally two dashes of Angostura bitters.

Give the mix a good stir and strain into a champagne balloon. Just to add that opulent touch, garnish with gold leaf.

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

Costing a whopping £660, the Mint Julep is a signature sip at the Kentucky Derby.

The cocktail is served in a custom made Tiffany & Co cup immersed in ancient ice sourced from an Alaskan glacier more than 10,000-years-old.

The Mint Julep is made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon and turbinado sugar with a garnish of Louisville-grown mint.

Our thoughts: do you get to keep the cup?!

Ritz-Paris Sidecar

From just across the Channel comes a limited edition drink that may not be available in years to come.

Priced at £340 the Sidecar starts off as a normal, but classic mix of brandy, Cointreau and a dash of lemon juice, but added to this is the very rare 1830 Ritz Reserve.

There are a small amount of Ritz Reserve bottles left in the world due to the batch being made before the invasion of phylloxera pest, which destroyed a large amount of France’s valued grapes.

Mai Tai

You can order the Mai Tai at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast with a price tag of £936.

The price is so high due to the uniqueness of the rum, with only six bottles available worldwide, the Merchant owning one of them.

The Merchant claims to be the only bar in the world serving the exclusive cocktail.

The Diamond Is Forever Martini

On the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at the top of the Tokyo Midtown Tower you will find the Lobby Lounge and Bar where this remarkable cocktail is served.

The extravagant drink is made up of cooled Grey Goose Vodka and fresh limejuice, but there is something even more luxurious about this drink…

Sparkling in the bottom of the glass is a beautiful one-carat diamond – which you get to keep. The drink does cost £9,700 though.

The flawless one-carat diamond definitely makes this drink a girl’s best friend.

Want to know how to make an NB Gin Spirit of Splendour? Check it (and the Rolls Royce) out here.

NB Gin selected by Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club

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NB Gin is one of the companies featured in the new Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) publication Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury. And a bottle of the Scottish craft spirit will become a formal exhibit at the publication’s official launch in London.

As one of the most prestigious car clubs in history, the RREC has legions of devoted members around the globe. In recognition of this enduring appeal, it will be hosting a luxury showcase at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery to launch its new book. It’s here that a bottle of NB Gin will appear in a lit-up glass case and be placed on its own individual plinth.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor car enthusiasts, owners and collectors, along with celebrity VIPs, will be hosted by motoring journalist and TV presenter Quentin Willson, racing driver and TV presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson, and the famous wine critic Jilly Goolden when the gallery opens its doors for this special book launch and exhibition on 4th December.

A showcase of Rolls-Royce and Bentley exhibits will be on display throughout the event to celebrate the illustrious history of the luxury motor car manufacturer. Curated to resonate with the book’s theme of high-end luxury and design, more than 100 of the most revered brands in the world – including NB Gin – will also be exhibiting at the launch. In addition, guests will be taken on a culinary journey of specially selected food and wines as they explore the gallery.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, where NB Gin is produced, commented: “We couldn’t be more delighted that the RREC has selected NB Gin to be part of its 2016 publication. From the very start, our focus has been on quality and we’re thrilled that it’s the quality of NB Gin which is driving its success. The fact that it’s being actively sought out by other luxury names means that the time and effort we put into getting our original recipe absolutely perfect was worth every minute.”

Discussing the content of the new book, Jaclyn Smith, Business Manager at the RREC commented: “Our publishing partner, St James’s House, enlisted the help of a number of leading experts and motoring journalists, who share our love of Rolls-Royce, to produce a fitting homage to what is one of the world’s most prestigious names in luxury motoring. Exploring the origins and heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the beautifully designed 444 pages of Strive for Perfection – A Celebration of Design & Luxury perfectly capture the glamour and prowess of this motoring icon.”

Richard Freed, Director of publisher St James’s House, said: “What better way to launch this wonderful book than with a celebration of the finer things in life? We are all very excited about what promises to be an event to remember.”

The launch event will take place on 4 December between 4.30pm and 7.30pm at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

NB Gin arrives in Australia

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NB Gin, the multi-award-winning craft gin produced in Scotland, is now available in Australia having secured a deal with The Wigs Cellar in Melbourne. The spirit will be sold locally through the company’s city-based premium liquor boutique, as well as being supplied to major bars and restaurants across Melbourne. It will also be made available to gin lovers across the whole nation through the Wigs website.

NB Distillery, where NB Gin is produced, is located in North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland. Following the extremely stringent London Dry distillation process to the letter, the distillery has created a spirit which is very classic, pure, and of the highest possible quality. And it was this clarity of taste together with the gin’s uncompromising quality that convinced The Wigs Cellar to snap up it as quickly as possible.

The quality of NB Gin is, in fact, the key to its success. Among other accolades, it won the “World’s Best London Dry Gin” category at The World Drinks Awards 2015 following three rounds of judging by an international panel of experts. It’s described as “superb” by Johnny Roxburgh, party planner for the UK Royal Family and master entertainer to the global elite, and was served as the gin of choice to the cream of the music industry earlier this year at the star-studded Sony Music BRIT Awards After Party in London.

And most recently, Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, scooped the gong for International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards

NB Gin will also be featured in the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club 2016 Yearbook, which celebrates the best in design and luxury living. The launch will take place this December at the Saatchi Gallery in London and it is here where a bottle of NB Gin will appear in a lit-up glass case and be placed on its own individual plinth.

NB Gin is stilled, blended, bottled and labelled by hand in very small batches, to ensure that every bottle is absolutely perfect. It’s made from pure British grain spirit and a blend of eight botanicals, all of which have been meticulously selected to produce a smooth and balanced flavour which is not overly complicated. The still itself was custom built in London and installed in North Berwick by the oldest gin makers in the world.

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Gin, says: “Gin is enjoying a huge resurgence and no more so than in Australia, where it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular white spirits in the country. Thanks to the rise of the cocktail culture and a growing appetite for quality, Australian stockists are seeking out interesting hand-crafted gins because their customers are seeking variety, authenticity and something which has a different ‘story’ to the mainstream names.

“This is where NB Gin fits perfectly and we’re thrilled that The Wigs Cellar, whose name is synonymous with knowledge, experience and quality, has selected our spirit as one of the first Scottish gins to be added to its portfolio.”

Ross Smith, Director at The Wigs Cellar, said: “NB Gin’s smooth flavour makes it perfect for cocktails but it’s equally delicious on its own, so it’s highly versatile as well as being of the highest possible quality. Gin is surging in popularity across Australia with premium craft brands in particular gaining real momentum among consumers, so it’s the perfect time for us to introduce this fantastic multi-award-winning spirit to the nation.”

Since its UK launch in late 2013, there has been overwhelming demand for NB Gin and it’s stocked in a very long list of high-end hotels, bars, shops and restaurants across the country. The word is quickly spreading beyond the British Isles too and it’s now being sold in a number of overseas markets including the U.S., France, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Belgium, with strong interest also coming from Hong Kong, China and Canada.

Reassuringly classic but contemporary in character, NB Gin is bright and fresh with subtle notes of citrus and a solid hint of juniper. It’s also uncompromising on quality, with every part of this artisan spirit having an attention to detail which makes it stand out from the rest. It works either on its own with a block or two of ice, traditionally mixed with a quality tonic, or is equally at home in a classic cocktail.

Would you like to stock NB Gin? Fill in the form here and we’ll be in touch! 

From world’s best London Dry gin to world’s first London Dry citrus vodka

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Steve and Vivienne Muir, the husband-and-wife team behind the award-winning NB Gin, are now bringing their very own brand of premium vodka to the market. But this isn’t just any vodka. NB Distillery has broken new ground by producing the world’s first London Dry citrus vodka.

NB London Dry Citrus Vodka is certainly no ‘flavoured’ vodka. All the taste comes purely from the botanicals used in the distillation method and absolutely nothing is added after this. It is simply blended down to bottling condition at 40 per cent alcohol.

Like many great things, this game-changing spirit came into existence with an element of chance. When creating NB Gin, which is also produced using the London Dry process, the master distiller ran some micro test batches using only a very small number of botanicals to explore the different flavour groupings this process could create. One of these was a citrus run and the Muirs were hugely impressed with the smooth, subtle and long citrus flavour which was created.

It took another 18 months, hundreds of samples and countless tasting committee sessions to come up with the final version of the new London Dry drink. Vivienne Muir says: “Like our gin, we’ve not compromised on quality, using only British pure grain spirit and the best botanicals we can find. What we’ve produced is totally new and we think that it will throw a curveball into the vodka market in terms of its uniqueness.

“There are no gimmicks or strange quirks involved. The innovation lies within its extremely stringent production method, which has allowed us to create something very classic, very natural, and of the highest possible quality, following the London dry process to the letter. There are no additives or sweeteners in our London Dry vodka. And it’s very versatile, so it’s delicious on its own but is also an excellent base for cocktails.”

As part of their final tasting committee, Steve and Vivienne once again engaged the expert services of Charles Maxwell at Thames Distillers in London, who concluded: “This is an exceptionally well-balanced vodka with lovely subtle citrus notes. I’m not aware of anyone else producing citrus vodka though the London Dry process. Quite an achievement.” An excellent endorsement from such a leading industry expert.

Those who are familiar with NB Gin, which was recently judged as the world’s best London Dry gin*, will know just how firmly NB Distillery is wedded to the London Dry process. ““It’s immensely difficult to control with a vast number of variables, including temperature and run time, which can change the outcome,” explains Steve Muir.

“It is only this method which allows us to create the most subtle of variations to flavour and our smooth and distinctive long taste.”

The inaugural batch of 300 bottles of the new London Dry Citrus Vodka has already been snapped up by Lockett Brothers in the spirit’s home town of North Berwick, and will go on sale from Thursday 28th May. It follows in the footsteps of NB Gin, which was launched at the same location in October 2013.

NB Vodka is only available at Lockett Bros. Buy it from the online store here or visit the shop at 133 High Street, North Berwick.

Follow us on Twitter as we tweet live from the #BRITs2015!

It’s less than 24 hours until we head for London to showcase NB Gin at the Sony Brits After Party!

The event is regarded as the only party to be seen at after the glittering awards ceremony and 150 bottles of our finest NB Gin was whisked off to Heron Tower earlier this week in preparation for the bash.

NB Gin will be the only gin to be served at the party and we’re incredibly proud to have been selected.

The Sony Party – this year hosted at Sushi Samba – will be as A-list as it gets with more than 600 showbiz guests partying long into the night after the awards bash.

So who’ll be there? Ah, well that is the million-dollar question but you can absolutely guarantee that the planet’s most famous faces will be there to party… and drink lots of NB Gin, obviously.

If last year’s Sony After Party is anything to go by, it’ll be the party of the year. In 2014 Pharrell Williams, Nicole Scherzinger, One Direction and Rita Ora were just some of the celebs who attended the bash.

We’re all ready to go. We’ve even got our glad-rags (including one kilt) packed for the bash. We wish you could all be there too but, alas, you can’t.

So we’ve got the next best thing – we’ll be live tweeting from the party! Follow us on Twitter here to get all the news, gossip, pics and more from the event!

Chin chin!

NB Gin to be served to world’s music industry at the BRITs after party!

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NB Gin, the award-winning premium spirit produced in North Berwick, will soon be sampled by some of the biggest names in world pop, following an exclusive invitation to grace the tables at this year’s star-studded Sony Music BRIT Awards After Party in London on February 25.

The BRIT Awards is the UK’s biggest showcase for music talent and one of the most anticipated events in the global entertainment calendar. But when the stars really start to let their hair down is afterwards, with some of music’s most famous faces painting the town red well after the gong-fest.

And the most sought-after tickets in town will be to the Sony party, where pop icons such as Pharrell Williams and the members of One Direction are due to attend.

NB Gin will be the only brand of gin being served to the 600-strong guest list and will be joined by some of the most exclusive drinks brands available, such as Belvedere vodka.

NB Gin’s expert mixologist has created two unique cocktails to be served to party guests on the night, including the Bees Knees, made with honey and rosemary. Bottles of NB Gin will also be placed on every table, with tasting glasses alongside.

Vivienne Muir, director at NB Gin, says: “We are thrilled and honoured to be serving NB Gin at the biggest night in British music. To have been chosen from such a long list of other possible brands is the icing on the cake of what has been a fantastic year for us, and we cannot wait to let the music industry elite sample our very own handcrafted spirit.“

Morten Jensen, partner at Billetto UK Ltd, which is assisting with the drinks brands for the Sony event, says, “NB Gin was a natural choice for us. Its quality is second to none, making it perfect in cocktails but also delicious served neat with ice. And the chic bottle looks great. Our guests will only be served drinks worthy of this glittering event, and we are delighted to have NB Gin on the menu.”

NB Gin is produced by Vivienne and her husband Steve in a custom-made copper still at their micro-distillery in North Berwick, East Lothian. Using the London Dry Gin distillation process, it’s made from pure British grain spirit and a blend of eight botanicals, all of which have been meticulously selected to produce a smooth and balanced flavour which is not overly complicated.

Since its launch in October 2013, there has been overwhelming demand for the new spirit. It’s now being stocked in a long list of high-end hotels, bars, shops and restaurants across the country, from Aberdeen to London. And things are going well overseas too, with sales thriving in Spain, Germany and Denmark, and an agreement nearing the final stages with a distributor in the USA.

NB Gin was honoured with a silver medal in the Micro Distillery category at The Gin Masters 2014, just nine months after launch. It was the “clear winner” and “really stole the show” in a recent gin taste test of 11 different brands conducted by The Scotsman, being praised for having “a smooth, rounded palate with a fabulous long poised finish” and described as a “proper” gin.*

And it is described as “superb” by royal party planner Johnny Roxburgh, who has more than 33 years of experience in luxury event catering and party design. He has become one of NB Gin’s biggest fans and is already serving the artisan spirit to guests at high society events across the country

To help with increasing demand, Vivienne and Steve have upgraded their equipment and expanded their premises for the second time in a year to make sure that they’re geared up for more significant production. They have also launched a new website at www.nbgin.com