Scottish gins to try on Burns Night

Robert Burns – Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, the Ploughman Poet – is widely regarded as one of the UK’s – indeed, Scotland’s – finest poets. Before I get too lost in my well-thumbed edition of ‘The Complete Works of Robbie Burns’ (note: this blog is about gin, I promise!), I thought we’d quickly just take a minute to remember the man himself.

Yes, this strapping chap is the man behind ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – a poem that we, as a nation, have chosen to bring in the new year – despite not relaly knowing all the words. What actually comes after ‘Should old acquaintance be forgot’? Your guess is as good as mine. 

Anyway, it turns out that ol' Rabbie enjoyed a drink as much as the rest of us. According to his works, he was certainly partial to a good ale and enjoyed his fair share of wine - and we think that if he was here now, he'd be enjoying this gin boom we're living in! 

And so, on the 25th of January, the night of his birth - we'll be enjoying a couple of fantastic Scottish gins on his behalf - Here's to you Robbie! 

 

1. Makar ORIGINAL DRY Gin

A bold, vibrant and juniper-led gin - the first to be distilled in the City of Glasgow. 

 

2. Darnley's Spiced Gin

Packed with exotic botanicals found as far afield as Morocco, China and Africa, this is a perfect tipple for those cold January evenings!

 

3. Arbikie's Kirsty's Gin

A true single estate operation, Arbikie's award-winning gin goes down a treat with a small handful of blueberries. 

 

4. Esker Gin

Clean and crisp, exactly what you want from a gin. Try it neat - or with a tonic of your choice and a twist of orange peel.

 

5. Lilliard Gin

Named after a local heroine, this Borders gin is light, elegant and refined. 

 

6. Persie's Herby & Aromatic Gin

Close your eyes and think of Italy. Packed with bay, basil and rosemary, this gin will immediately whisky you away to somewhere less cold...!

 

7. Gin Bothy's Gunshot

Notes of cinnamon, cloves and mixed spices are used to create a warming feel. Try on the rocks, or with ginger ale. 

 

8. Edinburgh Gin

Pick any one of the Edinburgh Gin range - our personal favourite is the Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur. Perfect with prosecco.

 

9. Rock Rose GIN

An exquisite gin with a smooth finish. Try with a sprig of rosemary to really enhance the flavours

 

10. Isle of Harris Gin

Distilled using Sugar Kelp from the surrounding isles, Harris Gin is unique in every aspect of it's process. Try with a wedge of grapefruit and keep the bottle - it's a work of art. 

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"O gude ale comes and gude ale goes,
Gude ale gars me sell my hose, 
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon,
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon. 

I had sax owsen in a pleugh,
They drew a' weel eneugh,
I sald them a', ane by ane, 
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon.

Gude ale hauds me bare and busy, 
Gars me moop wi' the servant hizzie, 
Stand i' the stool when I hae done, 
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon. 
O gude ale comes and gude ale goes,
Gude ale gars me sell my hose, 
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon, 
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon.

- Robbie Burns

 
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