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EDEN MILL’S SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

OUR MISSION

We want to lead the way for sustainability within the drinks industry in Scotland, and are doing this by innovating in every area of our business. By constantly adapting, we are working towards a greener business model and more sustainable future for distilleries in Scotland.

With Scotland’s aim of reducing emissions by 75% by 2030, we believe it is important that all industries contribute to achieving this figure. Here at Eden Mill, we try our best to responsibly source our ingredients from as many local venues as we can.

A report on mindful drinking uncovered that one third of shoppers try to buy products that are environmentally friendly, this confirms that consumers are definitely concerned with how their product choices are affecting the environment.

SUSTAINABILITY AT THE CORE

We always want to ensure that we are doing what we can to have as little impact on the environment as possible. It is important that we always use biodegradable cups when we are offering samples and tastings. Also, our aluminium bottles for our mixology range are easily recyclable, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

A main step we have taken to ensure that Eden Mill and our customers have as little impact on the environment as possible is by moving away from ceramic bottles to a new recyclable glass bottle. 

PASSION AND INNOVATION

These bespoke bottles have been exclusively designed for Eden Mill and produced in the UK, resulting in a low carbon footprint. They are easy to recycle and use 18% less glass than an industry-standard glass bottle – so there is actually less glass to begin with!  

The new 70cl bottles which use 18% less glass than other industry standard bottles, are lighter and more easily recycled than Eden Mill’s original ceramic bottles, which have been synonymous with their brand identity and award-winning craft gin.

We launched nine new premium gins in a significant bottle redesign resulting in a major step forwards in our journey to carbon neutrality. The new premium range showcases Eden Mill’s passion for innovation and experimental product development, combining locally sourced botanicals with inspiration and influences from across the world in a series of quality expressions to appeal to every palette.

Each Eden Mill gin has its own story; depicted beautifully with words and a unique woodcut style print commissioned by Eden Mil’s design agency, Tangent, upon the label of the new bottles. The new more sustainable glass design has been crafted and produced by wholesale bottle merchants Croxsons.

FUTURE PLANS 

Passionate about craft and our future, by 2023 Eden Mill will open Scotland’s first carbon-neutral single malt whisky distillery in St Andrews.

The state-of-the-art distillery will be located within the University of St. Andrews’ Eden Campus; power and heat for the stills will be supplied by the University’s biomass plant and solar panels on the distillery’s roof. This aligns with our mission to decrease our carbon footprint as much as possible.

Celebrate Burns Night with Eden Mill

On Tuesday the 25th of January raise a toast to the Bard and enjoy some Burns Night celebrations with Eden Mill. We have a range of Scottish spirits perfect for the occasion; discover our range of premium gins and pioneering whiskies this January. Serve alongside a traditional Burns Supper to celebrate!

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HIP FLASK 16 & 17

Hip Flask 16

Pale Malt Spirit aged in an ex-Islay Whisky refill cask. Filled on 04/02/16.

This Hip Flask release has been created by ageing our Pale Malt Spirit in an ex-Islay Whisky refill cask. This ex-peated cask has been used to showcase the amount of peat flavour the cask itself can contribute to the spirit. This whisky has a dry, almost wood-smoke aroma, along with hints of cereal and hay. The level of peat is mild/moderate, with the emphasis on the woodsmoke bonfire-ember character of the liquid.

Hip Flask 17

Peated Malt Spirit aged in a refill Bourbon cask. Filled on 20/07/16.

This Hip Flask release has been matured in a refill Bourbon Cask. This whisky has a pronounced, phenolic peaty aroma. With a rich level of peat, this liquid has a robust earthiness along with a dense, peat-smoke flavour. This is then lightened with spicy oak and sweet vanilla character from the bourbon cask.

We invite you to explore these progressive Single Cask expressions and find your favourite today.

CASK STRENGTH


We kept aside a very limited number of our 2021 Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky for Burns Night celebrations, with the rest of the 200 bottles sold out.

This Eden Mill Single Malt is crafted using a perfect marriage of first-fill bourbon casks and ex-oloroso sherry casks, incorporating spirit distilled using pale malted barley, drawn at cask strength. The result is a beautifully rich dram that carries notes of caramelised pears and fruit crumble with undertones of hazelnut praline and a long-lasting peppery finish.

This is the last chance to purchase this release and add to your collection!

 60.7% ABV

2021 SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
 

Our St Andrews day release, 2021 Release Single Malt Whisky is still available, with a small quantity remaining. 

This small batch of Eden Mill Single Malt is crafted using a perfect marriage of first-fill bourbon casks and ex-oloroso sherry casks, incorporating spirit distilled using pale malted barley. The result is a beautifully rich dram that carries notes of caramelised pears and fruit crumble with undertones of hazelnut praline and a long-lasting peppery finish.

PREMIUM GINS

Inspired by local legends and made using botanicals from the Scottish coast, our classic Original Gin and Neptune Gin celebrate Scottish heritage.

NEPTUNE GIN

This is a coastal-inspired gin with Kombu seaweed. With a focus on a light salinity with a fresh, herbal profile such as samphire. Distilled with Scottish seaweed in order to give a hint of brininess along with a gentle smoky/seashore character.

Best served with a premium or Mediterranean tonic, garnished with a lemon peel. Neptune Gin can be used to make a classic Martini with a St Andrews twist.

ORIGINAL GIN

Original Gin is our take on a classic London dry – with a twist. Our St Andrews distillery is on a particularly tempestuous Scottish coastline, so we were inspired to create our first gin using sea buckthorn berries, an exceptionally hardy superfood that thrives in harsh, salty, coastal conditions. The unique tart berry flavour is abundant but we balance the gin around it using citrus elements drawn from the other botanicals, such as lemon balm and citrus peel.

Perfectly served with a premium tonic and grapefruit slice or try making a Paloma cocktail.

Don’t forget to photograph your Burns Night set ups and tag @edenmill on social media for your chance to be featured!

EDEN MILL LAUNCHES SINGLE MALT WHISKY ON ST ANDREW’S DAY

Award-winning distillers Eden Mill have unveiled an exclusive limited-edition 800 bottles of its 2021 Release Single Malt Scotch in time for St Andrew’s Day.

Retailing at £85, the small batch 2021 release is crafted by a perfect marriage of first-fill bourbon casks and ex-oloroso sherry casks, incorporating spirit distilled using pale malted barley.

The 2021 scotch is the fourth annual single malt release by Eden Mill, since releasing their inaugural bottling in 2018.

Last year’s St Andrews Day Single Malt release from Eden Mill is nominated this evening at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2021 in the Single Malt No Age Statement category.

The brand’s unique Eden Mill Hip Flask Series is also nominated in three other categories for their first peated expressions released this year; both Hip Flask number 16 and 17 are nominated in the Single Cask 12-Year-Old and Under category and they are nominated for Product Launch of the Year.

Scott Ferguson, Eden Mill’s head distiller said: ‘The result is a beautifully rich dram, which carries notes of caramelised pears and fruit crumble with undertones of hazelnut praline and a long-lasting peppery finish.

‘The liquid our team have crafted continues to push the boundaries of our previous whisky expressions, which we are absolutely honoured to have recognised in the Scottish Whisky Awards.

‘An evolution of Eden Mill’s cask and spirit, raising a dram of our 2021 release takes our whisky fans on the next step of our journey as the spirit is aging and changing.

‘We greatly anticipate that next step into our new climate positive distillery in St. Andrews next year and hope whisky fans will join us as part of our cask club, the 1655, to be a part of that historic moment.’

Members of Eden Mill’s 1655 club will each own a unique cask of Eden Mill single malt to mature on the banks of the Eden and receive exclusive pre-sales of new expressions and special releases, including a limited 200 bottle release of Eden Mill 2021 Single Malt Scotch Cask Strength (£110, 70cl, 60.7% ABV) later this year.

To order a bottle or for more information on Eden Mill’s 2021 Release Single Malt 70cl, 46.5% ABV visit www.edenmill.com/2021release

Follow our journey – what we’ve been up to!

WE SAID GOODBYE TO OUR OLD HOME

May 2018 marked the end of an era at our home in St Andrews. Since Eden Brewery started in 2012 we’d been based in a small section of the old Guardbridge Paper Mill, and over the years had tacked on some extra areas, improved our shop, and upgraded our production kit.

By late 2017 we were bursting at the seams and pressed on with plans to relocate our brewery & distillery to the opposite side of the site into a lovely old building overlooking the Eden Estuary. This meant saying goodbye to what had been our home for five years. The place where our brewers created the range of beer that is often seen in bars throughout St Andrews. The place where our, now award winning, range of gins were devised, refined, and perfected. The place where we filled the first cask of single malt whisky in St Andrews for over 150 years. And a place that we’ve proudly shown 16,000 visitors around on tours, where they’ve met the wonderful team of people who’ve made all of these things happen. It was a sad moment when we closed the doors for the final time. 

WE OPENED THE GATEHOUSE

But the prospect of being able to expand upon what we’d achieved gave us all a new focus, and we set about making plans for the future. This meant some creative thinking in the short-term while construction was underway, and thus Gatehouse was born! Right on Main Street in Guardbridge, directly across from the famous Mill clock, we secured an area to use for our pop-up shop and tastings that would allow us to continue to offer an experience to visitors while our production space was being renovated a few hundred meters across the road.

We sourced shipping containers and set about converting them into our new shop and tasting rooms, which drew upon our teams secondary talents such as joinery and gardening! Fortunately, we’ve got quite the talented bunch who put in a few long shifts to make sure we were open in time for the summer.

In July, we opened the Gatehouse and resumed where we’d left off – offering beer, gin and whisky tastings, sharing our story with visitors, and giving away some sneaky details about what’s going on behind the scenes with our permanent site move. We launched our Summer Punch Gin, and The Gatehouse was an ideal place to sit and enjoy it in the sunshine.

We even made time for some mini-golf between tastings!

It was fantastic to see visitors enjoying what we were doing, despite not being able to see our brewery/distillery. 1500 people visited us over the summer, and we found that we actually hadn’t gone big enough with our pop-up! An upgrade was needed, and so we decided to renovate our space once more. Lots of ideas were thrown around, but we wanted something unusual, that would do the things that Eden Mill have always been good at – being creative and making an instant impression!

NOW WE’VE OPENED THE DOMES…

Our new custom-built structures arrived in February and gained instant attention from local passers-by on Main Street. Buses, taxis and pedestrians all gave a bemused look as they passed, which was exactly what we were hoping for! Our team set about building the giant jigsaw puzzles that were to become our two new geodesic domes. The build took around four days, and we were delighted with the results.

This now gives us more capacity to host tastings with guests, and a place to showcase not only our story so far, but the future plans. It creates a space we are excited to show people, and somewhere we know our visitors will enjoy spending an hour or two with us sampling beer, gin or whisky.

From 10th April we’ll be running daily tastings at Gatehouse, focused around either gin or beer & whisky (combined). These will be an hour long, and have been put together from scratch by our team. We’ve thrown the old format and scripts out and started again, thinking about what we want to tell visitors about our journey and how we can share some secret details about our new permanent site as it’s being constructed.

We’ve worked hard over the past nine months to put together something different to really show people what Eden Mill is all about, and we cannot wait to welcome our first guests this summer. There really is no better place to enjoy a sample while you pick the brains of one of our team, so we sincerely hope you’ll come along for a visit this year. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur, a gin aficionado, or a beer enthusiast, we very much look forward to seeing you!

 

 

YOU CAN BOOK A GIN OR WHISKY AND BEER TASTINGS HERE:

A day making malt whisky at the Eden Mill distillery

Between The Snow And A Warm Place

It’s not a common occurrence for me; a sun-loving Australian being outdoors on a freezing Scottish morning. But today is different because I’m making malt whisky!

There is something wildly exciting about the sharp sting of snow on my face while the backs of my legs are pressed up against a piping hot underback with its swirling, molasses-like wash turning circles within.

I’m at the Eden Mill Distillery in St Andrews, Scotland; watching the day outside get whiter while we start making whisky with a chocolate wash. I’ve just climbed down a narrow ladder having helped Marc (one of our distillers) to empty seemingly endless 25 kilo bags of malted barley into the top of a mashing tun. It’s not back breaking work but it’s also not easy; balancing myself on the platform while the bag does its best to flop out of my frozen hands and spill through the grate under my feet.

Breaking up the mash

Marc is leaning into the tun with what looks like the paddle from a canoe. As he breaks up the clotting mash I listen to him explain that because of this step, we can rip every possible bit of sugar out of the wash.

From the tun, the wash travels into the kettle via my own personal fireside, the underback. This little contraption stops a vacuum forming in the bottom of the tun; providing a fantastic opportunity to taste this infant-level whisky. We are at the very early stages of crafting a new future malt whisky.

My Own Weetabix Soup Taste

Marc tops up my coffee with an inky black dram. It tastes like the richest possible Weetabix soup.

In the early days of distilling, workers would top this concoction up with a healthy slug of whatever whisky lay close to hand. Trust me – if I weren’t driving I’d be hard pressed not to do the same.

I’ve been on lots of different distillery tours; polished for tourists and rough and ready industrial types but this is the first time I’ve watched this process so closely or intently.

It’s hard to imagine that the viscous near-sticky liquid I see running through the pipes will at some point become clear as spring water and loaded at 63.5% ABV.

Sparging

This stretch of my imagination is not helped when Marc informs me that the final stage for the mash is to undergo the sparge; a word I at first refuse to believe is real.

Sparging releases fresh water over the remaining mash in three progressively hotter bursts. What’s left behind contains less sugar than a Brita-filtered glass of water.

My final glance of Marc is of his legs from the waist down as he crawls into the bottom of the tun and starts bailing out moist armfuls of spent mash.

I beg him to let me help. Sadly, my part in the day is done. I’ve proudly earned my wash rights and it only cost me a couple of frost bitten fingers.

—Lara Williams, 02 March 2017

You can see a lot of this activity during the distillery whisky tours.  Our visitors are delighted with the experience and tours can be booked via the website.

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