Why Scottish gin is the best in the world

NB Gin Scotland

Not to blow our own trumpet or anything but Scottish gin is bloody wonderful, and arguably the best in the world.

A massive 70 per cent of all UK gin is produced in Scotland across many craft and artisan distilleries so there must be a reason for all the fuss…

Style is everything

Scottish gin distillers don’t all use the same style; we like to mix it up! Scotland has such a diverse approach when it comes to producing gin. Our distillers tend to experiment which makes the end result even more exciting. This experimentation and creative verve brings a whole new edge to the industry.

A little bit of history

Although Scotland may be better known for its tremendous whisky, its gin distillers have used this immense experience to become master gin distillers.

Of course, Scottish gin is not new, as much as it is a very popular drink with the younger generation. There are Scottish gin recipes dating back some 250 years.

Local botanicals

Many Scottish distillers take advantage of the environment, using it in their gin to produce a unique twist. From Scottish junipers to vibrant heather, Scottish distillers have experimented around with their own landscape to produce the most tantalising and creative batches of gin.

The best bar none

The gin is well and truly in again. Mother’s Ruin? That’s so last century! The pretty young things have collectively seized the opportunity to take it on board and in turn so has Scotland.

With such a huge selection of fabulous gin bars in Scotland, the gin lover (that’s you, by the way) is really spoilt for choice.

From the capital of Edinburgh to the Highlands, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bars that know the importance of serving good gin.

Scotland is also home to a bar – Fifty Six North – with one of the biggest collections of gin in the country! But we don’t suggest you try all 200 varieties of gin in one night…

Competition makes improvement

Competition could be the best thing for Scottish gin, given its success.

As there is such a massive array of gin distillers in Scotland this obviously leads to competition.

But for customers this is fantastic and the reasoning why is simple – distillers will work even harder to try and grasp your attention against their competitors, resulting in a bigger diversity of gins.

More flavours, better quality, more styles, more garnishes, new cocktails – the works!

Passion at the heart

There is a reason why the Scottish gin industry has boomed in the past decade and one of the major reasons is the passion that goes into distilling gin.

Distilling world-class craft and artisan gin is an art. We use our own two hands and high-quality ingredients to create our award-winning London Dry gin… with a little help from our kinky still.

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NB Gin is an artisan London Dry gin – recently voted the world’s best – and is distilled in North Berwick, Scotland. To learn about stocking NB Gin, contact us here.

 

London Dry gin versus other gins

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NB Gin is created and crafted in a way that makes it rather special – it’s made using the precise and time-honoured London Dry process in small batches.

That will never change because it’s incredibly important to us that the quality of our artisan gin never waivers or dips; that it always remains the best artisan London Dry Gin in the world.

That tagline – London Dry Gin – isn’t just a term that we lazily added to our drink. Far from it. In fact, there are strict legal restrictions around the usage of the term.

London Dry Gin’s flavour must be introduced through re-distillation in a traditional still with the use of your chosen botanicals.

In our case, we only ever use eight botanicals that give NB Gin that distinctive, world-class taste.

Perhaps the key point to the London Dry Gin process is that it must not contain added sweeteners or colouring. The only permitted “additive” is water.

A true London Dry Gin must satisfy all of these points before it can be classed as such. Do you see why we get quite passionate about NB Gin?

There’s so much work goes into creating our artisan gin that it’s difficult not to get completely and utterly consumed by it.

You could say we love gin and you could also say we live gin.

So, isn’t this how pretty much all gins are made? No, no, no! Absolutely not! Not all gins are created equal and there are many variations and different processes.

The beauty of London Dry Gin and one of the things that makes it such a joyous drink is the fact that all that taste comes almost completely from the botanicals that are used in the London Dry process.

The very idea of adulterating quality produce with syrupy sweeteners or additives is something that London Dry distillers – like NB Gin – would never, ever do.

London Dry gins are so fabulously enjoyable because of their sublime subtleties and understated complexities.

You could argue that we’d be biased given that we only ever use the London Dry process and that’s fine but we would suggest you try a gin that has been created in this way – we’d even be so bold as to encourage you to try NB Gin and compare the taste to that of a gin that has not been produced using the London Dry process.

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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