Reader, I am lucky enough to have the not-so-secret of Eden Mill just a short 20 minute bus ride away from where I live. So, I naturally had to take an afternoon to visit.
This company which was founded just a few years ago is Scotland’s first single site distillery and brewery, making gin, whisky and beer. This building is steeped in history and perfect for this up-and-coming brand to settle its roots. So much so, that later this year it is moving to a different sector of this former paper mill to cater to its growing thirsty clientele.
For just £10 you get to have an hour long tour around the distillery and get an in sight of not only the brand, the building, but also the chemistry of Gin itself and history of the Gin industry in Scotland. Oh, and of course some lovely samples!
We were lucky enough to visit the large copper stills that are used in the distilling process and were shown around the bottling and packaging area to get the full experience from science to glass. Sadly we were not allowed to take photographs at the stills as they were being used and as a result, there was a high content of pure alcohol in there air.
At the end of the tour, we were sat down to a tasting session trying 3 of the distillery’s core range: Love Gin, Oak Gin and Hop Gin. We were advised to sip the gin neat prior to adding the recommended mixer and garnish.
Love Gin, is light and floral, with notes of rose and hibiscus . Love Gin was originally limited edition in 2016 but became part of the core range due to the exceptionally high demand amongst gin fans and is still their best seller, outselling their other gins combined 3 to 1 and can now be found at most supermarkets. This was recommended to be served with raspberries and lemonade.
Oak Gin is stored in Bourbon barrels giving it a unique dark caramel, vanilla and spice flavour and was advised to be served with a wedge of orange and Ginger Beer.
Hop Gin is a whopping 46% abv and is blended with Australian Galaxy Hops, giving is a malty flavour with a hint of apricot. This was advised to be drank neat with chili. Never in my wildest dreams would I think Gin and chili would go together! But it went down a treat.
A pleasant afternoon out learning about one of my favourite spirits and Eden Mill is now a cupboard regular in my house. I didn’t want to spoil you with every detail of the tour, you’ll just have to visit yourself!