Go on a gin tour this month – you might regret it…

Pickerings gin is handcrafted at Summerhall and is the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Based on an original Bombay recipe, kept secret since 1947, Pickering’s is a spectacularly smooth and flavoursome gin.  Pickering’s gin is based on an original Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it only resurfaced in 2013 when owners Matt and Marcus began distilling at Summerhall with the result of  a spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome gin. You can buy Pickerings gin at selected retailers, but the best way to understand the real meaning of hand crafted is to go on a tour – see/touch the still – called Gert and realise all the labels are pasted on by hand and sealed with wax.

The secret of the gin’s smoothness is Gert’s ingenious, custom-designed bain marie heating system. This provides a gentle all-over-heat to the still. Thus the botanicals enjoy a luxurious simmer that coaxes out their subtle, soft, highly drinkable flavours.

. Summerhall Distillery is housed on the site of an old animal hospital. Part of a veterinary school known locally as the Dick Vet. Or it was. Now it’s an arts venue called Summerhall. With a pub in the middle of it. Called The Royal Dick. And Pickerings is next door.

Guided guided and tastings are by appointment Monday – Friday at 2pm and 4pm. Saturday tours are also available at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Book through the website.

Tours last around 45-50 minutes. For a mere £10 a head you can:

– See how hand crafted, small batch gin is made
– Marvel at the botanicals room, still and bottling line
– Sample all three Pickering’s gin expressions
– Enjoy a Pickering’s & Tonic from the gin tap at The Royal Dick bar
– Explore the labyrinth of exhibitions and events within Summerhall

For large groups over 10 people, please contact  directly via tours@pickeringsgin.com or on 0131 2902901 between 9am-5pm.

And I said you might regret discovering Pickerings gin – the tours are great fun – worth going again with different friends and the gin is fabulous,  buy you may never be able to return to cheap gin again

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