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Scottish Gin Awards 2018 – The Eden Mill Success.

On Thursday 20th of September, the team at Eden Mill joined likeminded finalists at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow to celebrate innovation and excellence in gin distilling in Scotland. Eden Mill joined over 600 others in celebrating Scotland’s biggest spirits competition.

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On arrival, Eden Mill had the honour of being 1 of 5 selected Gins to be served as an arrival drink alongside Edinburgh Gin, Makar, Isle of Harris and McQueen. Solid Liquids done a fantastic job at hosting the drinks reception as did KD Media for hosting the entire night. It was evident from the start that all guests were truly honoured, excited and proud to be in attendance and the atmosphere from start to finish proved this.

Eden Mill were extremely humbled and honoured to have won the most awards of the night, collecting five awards in total.

  • Gin of the Year (Overall Winner) – Original Gin.
  • London Dry Gin of the Year (Gold) – Original Gin.
  • Cask Gin of the Year (Bronze) – Oak Gin.
  • Excellence in Marketing (Gold).
  • Exporter of the Year (Gold).

      

Out of 116 Gins that originally entered the category, Eden Mill were truly honoured to have received an award in the London Dry Gin category fending off 30 other Gins that made it as finalists. Eden Mill’s Original Gin was thereafter recognised by the judges as the best gin in the overall competition, winning the title of Gin of The Year 2018.

 

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Let’s just say that it was certainly a night to remember for not only those attending, but for all of the team at Eden Mill. Our achievements would not of been possible without the contribution, dedication and hard-work from the full team across the board and we are truly lucky to work alongside such passionate, creative and driven individuals.

The Scottish Gin Awards truly highlights the sheer volume of talent that exists within the Spirits industry in Scotland and it was simply amazing to share and applaud fellow attendees, to recognise them for their achievements.

The Eden Mill story started with a mission to revive the lost art of distilling in St. Andrews and we will continue to share our passion and push boundaries because it’s what we love to do.

We send our thanks to all those who believe in us and who continually support our brand. We love what we do and we’re glad that you do too.

 

Signed

One very proud and excited Eden Mill Team

Eden Mill to open new retail outlet and Blendworks Experience in Glasgow’s Princes Square

Eden Mill, the popular Scottish gin and whisky distiller, is to open its first retail outlet outside St Andrews in Glasgow’s award-winning shopping and leisure destination, Princes Square.

The new 4090 sqft unit, which is planned to open in late October 2018, will be home to Eden Mill’s popular Blendworks concept and its new Jax bar-eatery and will join other high profile leisure brands recently confirmed at Princes Square including the fast-growing independent boutique cinema operator, Everyman Cinemas, and Kate Spade New York, the international fashion and lifestyle accessory retailer.

Kate Spade New York’s first high street boutique outside London is planned to open its doors in Spring of 2019 and Everyman Cinemas’ will open its first cinema in Scotland at the end of October 2018.

The popular Blendworks experience sees Eden Mill’s tutors lift the curtain on the gin making process, bringing the historic setting of St Andrews to a unique setting in Glasgow city centre.  Blendworks gives visitors the chance to create their very own gin by choosing their own ingredients and determining their own flavour profile.

Jax brings a top-quality and exciting new bar to Glasgow.  Featuring unique cocktails designed by Eden Mill’s distillers, this sophisticated bar has a youthful flair.  Jax by Eden Mill accommodates fizz at lunch, listening to a cool DJ and sipping cocktails with dinner, and staying late for a dance.  With a view through to Blendworks, Jax is on the ‘must-see’ list.

Paul Miller, director at Eden Mill, says “We are delighted that our second Eden Mill venue will be at Princes Square and we are confident that its quality and fun delivery will add to the exciting range of bespoke experiences visitors can enjoy.”

Andrew Foulds, Portfolio Director for Redevco (owners of Princes Square) said: “The decisions of Eden Mill, Kate Spade New York and Everyman Cinemas to choose Princes Square is a fantastic endorsement of the high quality retailers already based here and of our unique shopping and leisure environment we have spent many years investing in creating.

“The Eden Mill distillery and Blendworks in St Andrews is already listed as the number one tourist destination in Fife on TripAdvisor and we are confident that the new Princes Square outlet will become as popular.  Princes Square is already a favourite and ‘must visit’ place for Glaswegians and visitors to the city and Eden Mill will enhance that.”

Other high profile UK and international fashion and leisure brands located in Princes Square include Karen Millen, Vivienne Westwood, COS, Belstaff, Reiss and Restaurant Bar & Grill.

Eden Mill picked up five awards at the highly-respected Scottish Gin Awards (20th September) including the top awards for Gin of the Year and London Dry Gin of the Year.

Princes Square was named as Scotland’s Favourite Building in a public vote held by the Royal Incorporation of Architects as part of the RIAS’s Festival of Architecture 2016 recognising Scotland’s Top 100 buildings from 1916 to 2015.  

With over 25 retailers, including 13 eateries Princes Square is located in the heart of the city’s bustling Buchanan Street, and provides a shopping haven to lovers of high street and designer fashion, beauty, jewellery, homewares and lifestyle brands, while its wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes attract every palate.

Eden Mill will welcome Celtic FC women’s team to Blendworks.

Thursday 8th March 2018 marks International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating women’s achievements worldwide all whilst calling for gender equality. International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s and is now celebrated around the world with conferences, marches, talks and art performances annually.

We have been proud sponsors of the Celtic FC women’s team over the past 12 months, and we’re excited to welcome the squad to Blendworks in St Andrews ahead of International Women’s Day.

Blendworks will allow each individual player to create their very own gin giving them the chance to choose their ingredients and determine flavour profiles, whilst being tutored by our Master Distiller.

This season so far we’ve seen the likes of Celtic FC captain Scott Brown at Blendworks alongside vice-captain and Swedish international Mikael Lustig. Former Celts and current Hibs personnel Neil Lennon & Dylan McGeough have also joined us alongside John McGinn in creating their very own gin, so we’re definitely on the ball!

International Women’s Day aims to achieve full gender equality for women around the world and in 2018, the main theme for International Women’s Day #PressForProgress has been inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and continues to call for the vocal fight for equality. We are proud to be supporting Celtic FC Woman’s Team on this day.

Create Your Own Gin with Your Mum – Mother’s Day Gift

Have you exhausted your Mother’s favourite gins already? Why not help her make her own this Mother’s Day?

Here at Eden Mill BLENDWORKS we help you create your own gin from a diverse library of ingredients. With a gin & tonic in hand, you will be taken on a journey through gin’s turbulent past, the popularity at present and finish with a glance at Eden Mill’s own history.

The education doesn’t stop there! Under our tutor’s watchful eye, you will quickly move on to discover how to taste a spirit and put your skills to the test in a blind tasting. Using these techniques, you will be given free reign over our plethora of single ingredient spirits to curate a recipe for your very own (and certainly unique) gin.  

Once satisfied with your creation you will leave with three 20cl bottles and two BLENDWORKS glasses in presentation box alongside a notebook, pencil and plenty of gin along the way. Maybe one of those three bottles might make it back to the – soon to be – favourite child!

With all that’s going on inside the room it would be easy to forget the view. BLENDWORKS overlooks the 18th hole at the Old Course and is the perfect vantage point to enjoy the winter sunset over the Sands.

Forget Mother’s ruin, BLENDWORKS is an ideal gift this Mother’s Day.

Book now.

Eden Mill submits plans for new £4m distillery and brewery in Fife

Press Release:

Eden Mill has unveiled ambitious plans to create a new distillery and brewery just metres from its current headquarters in Fife.

The £4million expansion project in Guardbridge will see historic former paper mill buildings refurbished to become Eden Mill’s new home – allowing them to increase production of gin, beer and whisky, create more innovative and pioneering products, and retain space for further expansion.

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Sitting within the University of St Andrews’ new Eden Campus, the development will further cement Eden Mill’s status as one of Scotland’s fastest growing brands.

Included in the plans submitted to Fife Council are several visitor areas, with a café/bar, visitor’s centre, shop, presentation room and a VIP tasting area on the top floor of the distillery offering views over the university campus and estuary.

Eden Mill is already listed as the number one tourist destination in Fife on TripAdvisor and at peak times is fully booked weeks in advance. The new facility will enable Eden Mill to double the number of tourists taking distillery tours from 25,000 to 50,000 a year.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “With ambitions to grow the business, it’s the right time for Eden Mill to move forward with plans for a new distillery and brewery. We have always been pioneering, and this expansion can open the door to new product development and continued success.

“To stay competitive, the spirits industry in Scotland needs to embrace new ideas and experimentation while respecting its heritage and traditions, particularly with whisky. At this new site, Eden Mill will be in the perfect position to invest in new products and lead the way with innovation.

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“We firmly believe that this development will greatly benefit the local area and the wider Scottish economy, which is always what we have set out to achieve as a business.”

Subject to planning approval, the new site will allow Eden Mill to invest in product development, increase output of beers and spirits, and attract more tourists to Fife by doubling capacity for distillery tours on the site.

Pending approval of the application, Eden Mill aims to be on site by summer 2018 with the buildings operational by autumn 2018.

Once complete, Eden Mill will become one of the first tenants within the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus. Eden Mill, together with other innovative companies working alongside the academic community of St Andrews, will be helping the University to grow a sustainable local economic model fit for the 21st century. The Campus is currently home to a biomass Energy Centre, a key part of the University’s drive to become the UK’s first energy carbon neutral university.

 

The 12 Gins of Christmas from Eden Mill

October is here already. The mornings are getting chillier, the nights are getting longer and mince pies are popping up in the supermarkets. Can you believe it’s only 10 weeks until Christmas?

For Eden Mill this can only mean one thing – our 12 Gins of Christmas are here again! Apart from the core range you’ve come to love, we have created and added 6 brand new expressions for this 2017 limited edition gin gift set.

For the third year running we have tasted, tested, blended and experimented with our favourite Christmas flavours and after twelve months of exhaustive effort, we think we’ve broken the mould.

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Leading up to Christmas 2016, we were completely sold out. This year however, we’ve doubled production and the 12 gins of Christmas box sets are available to buy now.

These luxury gift sets are perfect for the gin lover in your life as each 5cl gin miniature has been lovingly crafted by our distillers to showcase the very best of what we can do. Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by sharing a new flavour each day. There’s a gin for every occasion in our gift set and we can’t wait for people to discover our brand new, totally unique gin flavours, like Orange and Clove and After Dinner, or rediscover  seasonal favourites like Botano and Mulled Gin.

Eden Mill’s 12 Gins of Christmas are perfect for sharing as each gift set comes with two of our elegant tulip gin glasses just waiting to be filled. You’ll also find a beautifully printed booklet explaining the provenance of each gin and some cheeky suggested serves as well as a voucher for a tour of our distillery where you can meet the makers and see the gin-making process first hand. Remember that you can buy more gin tour vouchers so more than 1 person can share in the Eden Mill gin distillery experience.

We love to share our passion and as Christmas is the season of giving, why not treat your special someone to a gin gift they’ll never forget? Our 12 Gins of Christmas are sure to be a favourite right down to the very last drop.

Our 12 Gins of Christmas gift sets are available through our website or at select retailers. 

 

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By Lara Williams – Brand Ambassador.

 

Hong Kong Cocktail Champion visits Eden Mill

It’s monsoon weather in St Andrews when our Hong Kong cocktail champion, Rai Amrit, arrives at Eden Mill. This is a season he’s familiar with, being from the eastern edge of Nepal. He’s wrapped up in a winter coat and when I ask how he is his first comment is “cold”. This does nothing to dampen his spirits; every time I look at him he’s grinning from ear to ear.

In 2016 with the support of Eden Mill, Montrose Fine Wines and Bar Talk Magazine, Rai competed against forty mixologists from China and Macau to be crowned grand cocktail champion. Seven finalists were challenged to make an Asian-themed cocktail using one of Eden Mill’s gins and Rai’s time as a bartender at Hong Kong’s Artesian, The Langham, gave him the perfect training. His creation, a ‘Spiced Thai Royale’, incorporated our Oak Gin, lime juice, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass stalks, thinly sliced chilli and his own home made Thai sour mix. Perhaps the most stand out feature of his cocktail was the coconut-crafted cup, made by his carpenter father. He chose this to compliment the woody flavours of the Oak Gin and the effect is truly eye catching.

One of the prizes was a trip to Scotland to visit some of the amazing bars in Edinburgh and Glasgow and spend some time at Eden Mill Distillery. During his time in Scotland, Rai will be distilling his own gin using botanicals brought from his homeland of Nepal.

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They’re carefully wrapped in plastic bags and when he opens the first one I get a powerful whiff of wood smoke. He takes out a handful of dark brown pods and explains that it’s black cardamom, native to Nepal and called aalaichi in Rai’s native tongue. It grows in the eastern hills and when Rai splits one open the smoky smell turns to fresh menthol. It’s a confusing botanical but easy to see how beautifully the flavours would lend themselves to a juniper-based spirit like gin. The second bag contains oddly familiar dried red flowers. When I bring a handful to my nose I’m immediately transported back to the temples of Kathmandu and the sweet floral aromas that hang in the air. We would recognise the flowers as red rhododendron but Rai identifies them as laliguras, Nepal’s national flower.

Rai is of small stature with a young face but he has lived a lot in his twenty five years. He moved to Hong Kong to study hotel management at college and has already completed his level two WSET exams with an eye to tackling level three. He started working in bars in 2015 and had competed in four other cocktail competitions before winning last year. He tells me that craft beers and spirits are popular in Hong Kong and the interest continues to grow. The trend is geared towards new, exciting drinks and Rai is ready to take it on. Ultimately his dream is to work in distilling and brewing and he is blown away by the the size of Eden Mill as he never realised so much work could go on in such small packages. It could be seen as a fitting analogy for his own accomplishments; one thing is for sure, Rai Amrit is one to watch in the future of Hong Kong’s cocktail, beer and spirits culture.

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Shaken And Stirred

There are few drinks that so completely represent gin as the Martini. For a drink with such an ambiguous background, Martinis have developed into almost endless permutations from extra dry to dirty and shaken and stirred.

A popular story on its origins involves its invention in New York’s Knickerbocker Hotel by famous mixologist Martini di Arma di Taggia. Another asserts it was a brand-inspired drink named after Martini and Rossi Vermouth in the mid 1800s. Yet another insists that bartender “Professor” Jerry Thomas used his ground-breaking cocktail techniques to invent the Martinez in 1887 in San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel; a drink that slowly morphed into the Martini.

On the theme of the Martinez, a final theory posits that the precursor cocktail actually came from Martinez in California; when a gold prospector struck big and walked into a local bar with a request for a bespoke drink appropriate for the celebration. From these murky stories we learn one thing for sure: the Martini has been a staple of the cocktail tale since the dawn of drinking time.

The classic gin martini

The classic gin Martini recipe is a simple beast. The simplest of which being made up of only gin and vermouth. This is usually garnished with lemon peel or a single fat olive. The serve of vermouth tends to depend on the heavy-handedness of the one pouring. Personally, I side with Noel Coward’s description of the drink: “a perfect Martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy”.

While many cocktail classicists will insist on one particular recipe being the only recipe, there are as many ways to make a Martini as there are to skin a cat.

One memorable night out saw me drinking one called a Bikini Martini and it was the approximate colour of an under ripe blueberry. Like any drink, the Martini can be tweaked completely out of shape and still retain its original glamour.

The perfect martini serve

I’ve done some generous experimenting on the Martini and I may have come up with the perfect serve. Using our Eden Mill Original Gin, I added just a touch of a dry German Vermouth (sorry Noel) known for using high quality wines from Baden as its base.

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With just a trickle of olive brine, and the olive itself, my Martini was nearly ready – bar one show-stopping ingredient: one fresh sprig of rosemary. The drink smelt like a Mediterranean pasta dish but upon tasting it opened out into a salty, slightly spicy herbal wonderland, the seabuckthorn in our Original softening the sometimes sharp flavour of the brine.

And the best thing? The olive at the bottom was a great after-drink snack.

Lara Williams

World Whisky Day – 20th May 2017

World Whisky Day at Eden Mill reminds us of our love for whisky and how immersed we are in distilling. We are really excited to be raising a dram to @worldwhiskyday on the 20th May alongside Scotland and the greater whisky world.

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Despite the long history and worldwide love for whisky, #worldwhiskyday was only founded in 2012 by Blair Bowman. A student at the time from Aberdeen, he realised that unlike other festivals such as World Gin Day, there had never officially been a day to celebrate the globally loved dram of whisky.

After claiming the domain, Blair has rallied support and celebration from distilleries, whisky bars, influential figures and whisky lovers worldwide.

World Whisky Day is now annually organised by the UK Drinks Magazine Hot Rum Cow. Blair acts as a whisky consultant as he continues his own ventures in Scotch whisky including; consultancy, judging at whisky competitions, tasting panels and releasing his debut book.

Interactive whisky tasting event

If you are a whisky connoisseur or someone who is content just to enjoy the occasional dram, here are a few ways you can get involved with the celebrations on World Whisky Day with Eden Mill.

We are hosting an interactive tutored tasting of our limited edition 2 Year Old Oak Aged Spirit collection. Two of our Distillers in Guardbridge will stream this session live on Eden Mill’s Facebook page at 5.30pm 20th May.

Share this unique tasting with your whisky loving friends.  Don’t miss out on the experience just because you can’t physically be there. This virtual alternative will let you be part of our whisky tasting experience while watching and listening to our Distillers’ presentation from the comfort of your own home.

Experience one of Eden Mill’s guided Scottish lowland whisky distillery tours. Learn some of the secrets of how we craft our whisky blends. If you’re not local to the area, it’s a tour worth travelling for. You’ll start your whisky tour with a welcome drink and be introduced to the history of Eden Mill. This is followed by a viewing of the stills, production areas and cask warehouse. You’ll finish with a tutored tasting session of one of our three new make spirits. We’ll will also gift you an Eden Mill Glencairn whisky glass to take home.

Sláinte!

The Eden Mill Team

May 17th 2017

Gin Is The New Chocolate

Winston Churchill once famously claimed that gin has saved more men’s lives and minds than all the doctors in Europe. Jo Brand, rather less famously stated that anything is good if it’s made of chocolate. Gin Is The New Chocolate – It was only a matter of time before someone put the two together.

Gin and chocolate tastings are popping up in every drink-loving city in the country, swiftly catching up with more commonplace wine and food pairings and even tipping whisky and cheese nights into the yesteryear. It’s a marriage not many people saw coming but when you think about it, chocolate and gin play very well together. Gin is known for displaying an almost infinite number of botanical additions and with the help of garnishes there’s no limit to what can be expressed. Chocolate as a food base can be rich or subtle, creamy or spicy, and is only as good as the favours imparted within. Who hasn’t jazzed up their evening hot chocolate with a helping of cinnamon or the lightest touch of chilli? And who hasn’t had a gin cocktail sweetened with gomme syrup (hello Tom Collins) or a gin Bloody Mary with a great dollop of Tabasco? If you haven’t, I suggest you go out immediately and get to it.

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My gin & chocolate reflections

On the Gin Is The New Chocolate theme, in terms of Eden Mill, I’ve done some intensive research of my own. Our Hop Gin has a dry, floral character and the slight bitterness of the hops blends beautifully with the creaminess of a milk chocolate. Throw some honeycomb in the mix and you get a delicious reaction of alchemy; the honeycomb reverts to an almost raw state and the tacky mouth-feel creates a sumptuous texture.

The gentle rose and hibiscus flavours in our renowned Love Gin are suited to something delicate like white chocolate. The true beauty of white chocolate, and gin, lies in the botanics that can be added and a firm favourite of mine is a touch of jasmine. Picture a Scottish garden in summer and you’ll start to get an idea of this heavenly chocolate combination.

Whisky lovers have always been enticed by our Oak Gin as its maturation with bourbon staves makes it scream of caramel, toffee and honey notes. The slight sweetness of these flavours softens the juniper edge; an easy chocolate pairing would include caramel but to really get the taste buds tingling, add a sprinkling of sea salt.

Our London Dry Style Gin, the Original, has the added bonus of the sharp, citric burst of sea buckthorn. While it is the tartest of our expressions it is ironically best suited to a bitter dark chocolate as the astringent flavours are offset by the dark cocoa.

While gin and chocolate tastings are here to stay there will always be new pairings on the horizon. Perhaps we’ll be seeing gin and fried chicken by the end of the year? Maybe someone will crack open a gin and match it with foie gras.

For now though, I’ll enjoy my boozy chocolates.

Lara Williams

1st May 2017

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