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.

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25 times when only a gin and tonic will do

Stressed mum

Gin lovers out there will understand that under certain circumstances the only solution is to pour yourself a well-deserved Gin and Tonic, with the world’s best gin!

This could possibly turn into a tick list for some of you out there!

Parenting

The little bundles of joy that grow through the terrible twos into the more terrible teens but you couldn’t love them any less, however there are a few occasions where you find yourself reaching for the bottle…

When your three-year-old tells you he’s polished the new car… with a stone.

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door, tears streaming down her face to tell you that Zayn has left One Direction…

When your teenage daughter bursts through the door the next day to find out that One Direction are taking a break…

When the babysitter cancels…

When you’ve booked a family holiday but your teenager refuses to go because there is no Wi-Fi…

When your six-year-old accidently overhears you speaking about putting the presents under the Christmas tree…

When finally the house has gone quiet but you can’t relax as that means the children are up to mischief…

When your 10-year-old daughter insists on joining Facebook because ‘all her friends have it’…

When you hide from your toddler in the bathroom to get two minutes’ peace…

Students

Perhaps surprisingly, many students are fans of artisan gin like NB Gin (wasn’t it cheap cider and boxes of wine when we were students?).

You’re the type of student who has a limit of £5 on food shopping for the week because the rest of it has gone towards buying quality gin!

When you get in from a lecture, aiming to get ready for a big night out to find your electricity bill needs topping up, hello frizz ball…

When you’re singing your heart out in the shower, just about to rinse off the conditioner when the water goes from steamy hot to freezing cold…

When your embarrassing parents turn up at your front door, out of the blue and try making friends with your flatmates thinking they’re ‘down with the kids’

When someone steals your milk…

At work

Whether you work in an office, deal with customers or even run your own business, there is sometimes something that makes you wish you had a large G&T at the ready.

When you have that sigh of relief because you think it’s Friday, only to be shocked to find it’s actually only Tuesday…

When it’s 4:58pm and you are just about to pack everything away and the phone rings…

When it’s Monday morning (or is that just us?)…

When the coffee machine breaks and the only other alternative is decaf…

When the opening hours extend in the run up to Christmas…

When you work in retail and the Christmas music has already started playing in October…

When your boss signs you up for compulsory team building exercises…

When the customer is definitely not always right…

Being an adult (it’s rubbish sometimes)

When you wake up late and you rush to the car to find that it’s completely iced over and you have 15 mins to get to work…

When you remember being an adult means you have responsibilities… and a mortgage…

When you order a pizza and say ‘love you, bye’ by accident…

When you book a romantic getaway to be told that the rooms were mixed up and you have bunk beds…

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VIDEO: How to make a classic NB Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic. It’s a classic. Gin and tonic goes together like… well, like gin and tonic.

It’s the ultimate tipple after a long day in the office, or perhaps even a day of parenting duties!

The beauty is in its simplicity. For our NB G&T, we like to garnish with a wedge of orange but you can experiment with all sorts of different options if you’re feeling adventurous!

Does it get any easier than Fever Tree Tonic (we like the Naturally Light option), NB Gin, lots of ice and a wedge of orange? No. It doesn’t. So what are you waiting for?!

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New York’s favourite cocktails with the world’s best gin

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NB Gin has gone international and it’s hitting NYC! So we thought it was time to look at which gin cocktails are loved by our American cousins!

Gin martini

The Classic Martini

The one, the only, the classic! All around the bright city of New York, in bars and restaurants, the Classic Martini will always been on the menu, even the lunch one!

So why not bring the Big Apple back into your home? Quick, easy, simple and refreshing this cocktail is an easy evening treat!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / lemon peel / lots of ice

Pour some Dry Vermouth in a Martini glass, swirl around and dispose of the excess. In a shaker full of ice, add the gin and gently stir before pouring. Add lemon peel garnish.

Dirty Martini Olives 7 Ways

The Dirty Martini /Olives 7 ways

For some of you the thought of olive brine in a cocktail is not an appealing one. It turns out some Americans thought that too, so much so that a certain New York bartender, Naren Young, decided to do something about it.

He created the Olives 7 ways cocktails, replacing the yucky olive brine with olive varietals.

Still for the acquired palette but the Dirty Martini is a botanical goddess! The olives bring out the tones in the gin and give the Martini an extra kick of flavour!

Ingredients: 45ml NB Gin / 45ml Dry Vermouth / Small handful of chopped olives / drops of extra virgin olive oil.

Stir ingredients with ice in a shaker. Pour into a frozen glass. Serve the remainder in a carafe sitting in crushed ice if you want to get really fancy!

Garnish with olive oil drops.

The Journalist

The Journalist

Dating back to the 1930s, this classic is sure to refresh your palette with a zesty tang from the lemon juice and equal amounts of both dry and sweet Vermouth.

It’s quick and easy but it really packs a punch. We love this one!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml Dry Vermouth / 20ml Sweet Vermouth / Dash of lemon juice

Add ingredients together and pour into a Martini glass. Easy!

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

Keep yourself young with this gin incarnation of the more traditional vodka-based Fountain of Youth.

The refreshing, fruity taste of this colourful cocktail will give you a head start for a night in the big city!

Adding fresh lime juice will make this berry sensation into a zesty concoction no one can resist!

Ingredients: 60ml NB Gin / 20ml cranberry juice / 20ml Pimms No1 / dash of lime juice / mint to garnish

Shake the ingredients with ice, strain and pour! Garnish with cucumber or mint if you’d prefer.

Gin Sling

Gin Sling

We all know it. We all love it. The Gin Sling is like an old friend. ‘Sling’ is actually derived from the German word to gulp “Schlingen” … although we’re not suggesting you have to do it!

The recipe for an original Gin Sling – popular with Americans for nearly 100 years – is as follows: 40ml NB Gin / 20ml of simple syrup / Lemon juice / Dash soda water / ice / grated nutmeg

Add the ingredients, minus the soda water, to a shaker, shake, strain into a tall glass, top with soda and add a touch of nutmeg.

You may find this to be quite different from what you would normally associate with a Gin Sling but this is the original, and quite possibly the best, way to make it.

Give it a go as in post-revolutionary America the Gin Sling was the stereotypical American drink!

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Hello. We could be perfect for each other.

NB Gin Forth Bridge We are NB Gin.

We like to think we’re unique in our own perfection. We stand out from the crowd. We’re pure and we’re proud.

No drink in the world is made like NB Gin, or tastes like it. What we’re trying to say is that NB Gin is really rather good.

Of course, there would be no point in us telling you this without backing it up with some facts.

In 2015 the World Drinks Awards voted NB Gin the world’s best London Dry gin. In 2014 we were awarded a silver medal at the Gin Masters. It’s safe to say that these people know what they are talking about.

NB Gin is a real gin lover’s gin. It’s an artisan product that has quality at its heart.

But we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we certainly want as many people as possible to enjoy craft spirits, like ours.

Of course, quality will never be sacrificed. So no matter what the demand (and trust us, it’s high) our still – complete with its own unique little kink – will only ever produce in small batches.

Small batches to us means no more than 100 litres at a time so we can be 100 per cent sure that it’s perfect.

Only eight botanicals will ever go into NB Gin; juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom and orris root. And unless these eight score 10/10 for quality, they simply don’t make the grade. So, now you know a little more about us, we’d love to get to know you better. Let’s have a chat about your business and see if NB Gin is right for your brand.

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NB Gin scoops another gong!

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Image courtesy of Business Women Scotland

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, has scooped the gong for International Growth Business of the Year at the Business Women Scotland Awards, the results of which were announced on 29 October at a black tie ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The award recognises the success of NB Gin, launched in October 2013.

The event, run by Business Women Scotland magazine, celebrates and rewards some of the many inspiring women who have achieved great success in their business or career. Supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, the awards attracted entries from a variety of businesses from as far as the Isle of Skye and Dingwall, to Stirling and Edinburgh.

The International Growth category recognises Scottish businesses that have achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth in the past year, celebrating their export success. The award focuses on all aspects of growth including sales, profit, geographical expansion, and acquisition.

Lynne Kennedy, Managing Editor of Business Women Scotland magazine, said: “The judges felt that NB Gin had shown success in a crowded market in a short space of time, in an industry sector important to Scotland’s economy.

“Within seven months of launch, there was interest from Germany, Spain and Denmark.  This year they have launched in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the USA.  Their export markets are double what they were last year, with new deals agreed for Canada and Australia, and further deals with seven European countries to evolve in the coming year.  And the company is now only two years old.”

Vivienne Muir, CEO of NB Distillery, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been named as the winner of this award. It makes me realise how much has happened over the last two years, and how far NB Gin has come from its initial creation in our kitchen using a pressure cooker and central heating pipes. I’m extremely proud of NB Gin and what it has achieved, and very humbled to have been named alongside the other fantastic finalists. My goal has always been to be an inspiring person, and I hope that this award will inspire others.”

Margaret Gibson from Women’s Enterprise Scotland helped pick the shortlist, with judges Marie Macklin CBE and Prof Lesley Sawers having the hard task of choosing the winners. Marie said: “It was fantastic to see so many different types of business, new and old, started by women throughout Scotland. There were some interesting ideas with a positive outlook for future growth, which is great for Scotland’s economy.”

STV newsreader Rachel McTavish was the MC for the awards, Philanthropreneur and Secret Millionaire Dawn Gibbins Cox MBE was the inspirational guest speaker, entertainment was by the fabulous Globe Girls, and money was raised for the magazine’s charity partner NSPCC Scotland through a silent auction and raffle.