The Scottish Gin Awards is one of the UK’s most comprehensive and highly regarded gin competitions! This year, The Scottish Gin Awards judged 320 Scottish gin entries to discover the best Scottish gin!
Eden Mill are so pleased to see thirteen of our wonderful gins in the Taste Category Finals of the 5th annual Scottish Gin Awards!
The thirteen Eden Mill finalist gins include a mix of brand-new gin expressions, classic customer favourite gins and expressions from our new sustainable gin range! Check out all of the finalists below and their categories:
Distilled Gin– Golf Gin
Berry Flavoured Gin– Forager Gin
Citrus Flavoured Gin– Golden Lore Gin
Herb & Spice Flavoured Gin– Serendipity Gin
Flavoured Gin– Forbidden Gin, Passion Gin, and Rosa Rosa Gin
Cask Gin– Distiller’s Choice: White Wine Cask Aged Gin and Red Wine Cask Aged Gin
Eden Mill are also so pleased to be finalists for three Business Category Awards for;
Excellence in Branding – This awards entry was written about Eden Mill’s transition from ceramic bottles to our brand new sustainable gin glass bottles and how our core brand values of sustainability, heritage and innovation have been carried through Eden Mill’s brand from the beginning.
Best Digital Experience – This awards entry was written about Eden Mill’s award-winning virtual gin tasting experiences and how these unique experiences helped Eden Mill connect with our wonderful customer base during a time where connecting with our customers was very difficult.
Product Development Team of the year – This awards entry was written about Eden Mill’s brand-new Distiller’s Choice Gin collection. This ultra-premium collection takes Eden Mill back to our craft roots and allows our expert distilling team to experiment with different botanicals and distilling techniques to create small-batch experimental gin expressions!
Eden Mill is wishing good luck to all of the Scottish Gin Awards finalists!
Award-winning distillers Eden Mill have unveiled an exclusive limited edition 800 bottes of its 2020 Release Single Malt Scotch in time for St. Andrews’ Day.
Retailing at £85, the 2020 Release is the fourth single malt whisky by Eden Mill in three years, since the unveiling of the first bottling in 2017 from their distillery just outside St Andrews. The whisky liquid incorporates bourbon, Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso barrels as well as spirit distilled using pale, chocolate, brown and crystal malt barley. This expression is reminiscent of light vanilla and toasted cinnamon leading into a spiced fruit finish. Collectors can buy the bottle on its own or as part of a special Eden Mill whisky hamper alongside two new additions to Eden Mill’s hipflask series.
Scott Ferguson, Eden Mill’s head distiller, spoke about the 2020 batch: “The liquid we have crafted pushes the boundaries of our previous whisky expressions. This small batch of Eden Mill single malt showcases the evolution of cask and spirit, bringing you light vanilla and toasted cinnamon from bourbon barrels, combined with the rich fruit and subtle spice from our distinctive range of sherry casks, leading to a creamy biscuity finish.”
The launch of Eden Mill’s 2020 Single Malt comes as the distillery celebrates a successful year of sales, with an increase of 600 percent year on year from online sales. Tony Kelly, co-founder of Eden Mill said: “This limited release is a real reflection of the team, our passion and Eden Mill’s pioneering spirit which has stayed strong throughout 2020. We can’t wait for people to enjoy a dram of our 2020 Single Malt Scotch safely at home this festive season. We anticipate the new year with excitement and hope as we look forward to the relief a vaccine will bring and also the completion of our new carbon neutral single malt distillery in St Andrews, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland and a significant step in our Eden Mill journey.”
2020 SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY TASTING NOTES
Nose: Sherry fruit forward, with bright fruity notes of raisin and plum and a lively oak spice alongside. Under these sweet notes is a creamy maltiness and light hint of apricot. Taste: Peppery spice initially, with rich raisin and date sweetness. Spice persists as the sweetness begins to fade, with hints of toasted cinnamon and light vanilla sweetness towards the end, reminiscent of butterscotch candy. Finish: As the spice fades, hints of roasted malt and crumbly shortbread linger. Sweet and spicy notes balance to leave a gentle apricot fruit and subtle cassia spice.
If you would like to purchase at bottle of Eden Mill’s 2020 Release Single Malt 70cl, 46.5% ABV you can order at www.edenmill.com/2020release
EDEN MILL SUPPORT THE DRINKS TRUST CHARITY WITH DONATIONS FROM LOVE GIN SALES
£2 from every 70cl bottle of Love Gin sold at £30 will help The Drinks Trust (and in Scotland The Ben: Scottish Licenses Trade Benevolent Society) to support wellness services they’ve launched in response to the emerging and likely long-term effects of the Covid-19 crisis on hospitality, including counselling services, help with sleep and insomnia and mindful drinking courses aimed at nurturing a healthy relationship with alcohol.
Love Gin, Love Hospitality will see a percentage of online sales of Eden Mill’s famous pink gin donated to charities which provide care and support to people from the drinks industry workforce.
Eden Mill CEO Tony Kelly said:
“Although we understand the need for further restrictions being brought in across Scotland and throughout the UK to control the rapid spread of Coronavirus, it’s coming down very hard on the hospitality industry and we know from conversations with our industry partners that hospitality is desperate for support. First reduced capacity and 10pm curfews, now a ban on alcohol sales and local hospitality closures; many bars, pubs and restaurants will struggle to survive.
In our opinion, while staying at home is the safest option, bars, pubs and restaurants have staff trained to manage the safe consumption of alcohol since before Covid began, and hospitality has made huge efforts to regulate their spaces to be the safest environments. Banning alcohol consumption and closing hospitality can only serve to encourage the unregulated mixing of households as the public are tempted to meet at home, therefore accelerating the spread of the virus.
Our Love Gin motto is ‘Share the Love’ and it is absolutely essential for us to show our support to an industry on its knees, so we’re donating £2 from every Love Gin 70cl bottle sold on our site to The Drinks Trust.
This summer we raised £10,000 for NHS associated charities, including CHAS and Masks 4 NHS Heroes with our blue Original Gin bottle, so we can only encourage our caring and generous customers to join us again in supporting an industry close to our hearts which needs our help.”
Ross Carter, CEO of The Drinks Trust, commented:
“We are incredibly thankful to Eden Mill for their support to The Drinks Trust. The impact of these fundraising initiatives on the lives of our colleagues and friends in the drinks industry is significant and it will enable us to provide more help to those in need of our help in these difficult times”.
Chris Gardner, CEO of TheScottish Licenses Trade Benevolent Society said:
“This is fantastic news for the charity, we are under great pressure trying to help those in the trade in need, especially in these challenging times. Thanks to all at Eden Mill for thinking of us, it will make a huge difference”.
Eden Mill Love Gin is the St Andrews distiller’s famous premium pink gin. Made from a blend of vibrant botanicals including rose petals and hibiscus, when diluted the gin releases sweet vanilla notes and floral flavour.
For a pink gin, the Love Gin bottle is very green, it uses 18% less glass than the industry standard bottle. Made in the UK and distilled in St Andrews, it has a low carbon footprint.
The 70cl bottles are available to buy here for £30 or can be bought in-store at one of Eden Mill’s festive pop-up shops in Livingston, St Andrews, Glasgow’s Princes Square and Silverburn.
About the Drinks Trust
‘The Drinks Trust is the drinks industry community organisation. Since 1886, The Drinks Trust (formerly The Benevolent) has provided care and support to the people who form the drinks industry workforce, both past and present. Today, The Drinks Trust provide vocational, practical, emotional and financial support to those who are currently working, or have worked, in the UK drinks industry. The Drinks Trust is run by drinks industry professionals, funded by drinks industry partners and supported by thousands of drinks industry fundraisers, volunteers and contributors.
Since January the charity has helped over 2,000 beneficiaries and awarded grants of over half a million pound. This year in light with the emerging and likely long-term effects that the current situation will have on the mental health and wellness on the colleagues of the drinks industry, The Drinks Trust to launch significantly increased wellness services, including counselling services, help with sleep and insomnia, mindful drinking courses aimed at nurturing a healthy relationship with alcohol.
About the Scottish Licensed Trade Benevolent Society
Scotland’s hospitality and licensed trade charity, The Ben is a safety net for anyone who works in the hospitality and license trade facing extreme financial hardship as a result of the virus. In addition, The Ben offers a free mental health helpline which can be reached on 0800 915 4610.
Supporting The Ben is easy and there are many ways to help. Each year, the charity need to raise £300k to support former and current members of our trade facing financial, social and emotional difficulties.
We’re excited to reveal our latest collaboration with Bon Box, a luxury handmade artisan chocolatier, based in Edinburgh.
We worked closely with Bon Box to create two bespoke chocolates exclusively for Eden Mill to perfectly complement our limited edition Chocolate and Chilli Gin.
Valencia Orange Buttons: Exquisite, Belgian white chocolate, blended with creamy caramel, infused with the thrill of orange to excite and reward.
Dark Coffee Buttons: Deep roasted coffee combined with the creamy sensation of roasted cocoa and slight hint of sweetness, revel in the depth and luxury as they sparkle of silver.
Our limited edition Chocolate & Chilli Gin, is a sweet chocolate-pudding like flavour, with a fiery chilli kick, which we think pairs perfectly with a Valencian Orange mixer or as the base spirit in an espresso martini. Our collaboration with Bon Box has resulted in the creation of a Valencia chocolate orange button to complement our valencian orange perfect serve and dark coffee chocolate buttons to complement the perfect cocktail serve of an espresso martini.
What’s in the gift set?
Each gift set will include 1 x Chocolate & Chilli Gin, 2 x Eden Mill etched Martini Glasses, 1 pack of 5 Bon Box artisan Valencia chocolate orange buttons, 1 pack of 5 Bon Box artisan dark coffee chocolate buttons, beautifully presented in a premium Eden Mill gift box.
About Bon Box:
Chocolatier Barry from Bon Box trained at City of Glasgow before refining his skill and fascination with taste at some of the city’s finest kitchens such as Chardon d`Or, Dakota and Chelsea Market. As Scottish Chef of the year Semi-finalist and Game Chef of the year runner up he continually pushed the boundaries using seasonal local produce to create unique flavour combinations.
Ever conscious that luxurious eating should excite all of the senses, sight, aroma, and of course memorable taste his chocolates are unique, striking and developing subtle flavours that are interesting and memorable. Taking flavours people feel comfortable with and turning them on their head with twists of intrigue such as miso, tonka, fir and sea buckthorn.
‘Everyone loves the sensation of chocolate, so at Bon Box we always strive to be, sensational. Comforting and luxurious, yet interesting and unique, never predictable, always memorable.Great Chocolate evokes a sense of occasion, of friends, of sharing, of the relaxed joy of the moment.At Bon Box we create splendid Bon Bons of exceptional flavour, texture and beauty, all for your pleasure.Our hand crafted and painted Bon Bons make your gift, an occasion, an experience, thoughtful, memorable, and always sensational.’
Bon Box – Why we have chosen to work with Eden Mill?
‘Eden Mill loves working with local suppliers to create new and exciting offers for our customers. By working with suppliers that share the same passion for premium, handcrafted products as we do we believe we can deliver an extra special experience for our customers every time they purchase.’
The Chocolate & Chilli Gin Bon Box collaboration gift set is exclusively available at edenmill.com for £40. Only 50 sets available. Shop here.
Best before date: 20/03/21.
Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight or heat source.
Sample Barry’s passion with his sensational Bonbons, follow him on Instagram and Facebook to see where the journey goes next.
To celebrate the new partnership between Dundee United and Eden Mill as the club’s first-ever sleeve sponsor, Eden Mill are launching a competition for Dundee United supporters to help create an exclusive Dundee United Gin. The lucky winner will represent the Dundee United support alongside some key members of the first team, background staff and the team at Eden Mill.
HOW TO ENTER
The winner will join Eden Mill and the team at Dundee United to create and design the bottle for the new gin, carefully select the botanicals and see behind the scenes at Eden Mill where we create our gin. You’ll be involved from start to finish!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
The competition will be open for two weeks and closes 29/07/2020 at noon. Entrants must be 25 years and over. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will continually review the situation to ensure our participants safety.
You can read more about our new partnership here: Dundee United page link.
LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE IN SUPPORT OF NHS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS
In April 2020, Eden Mill created 5,000 limited edition bottles of their award-winning Original Gin in support of NHS and Healthcare workers. £2 from every bottle sold has been donated to charities supporting NHS and Healthcare workers.
We are proud to announce that from today (22nd June 2020), £2 from each bottle of our Original Gin sold, will be donated to CHAS.
We are proud to announce that we reached our target for the first 2 months of sales of our limited edition bottles. These funds have been donated to Masks for NHS Heroes, a crowdfunding effort set up by front-line NHS doctors to help raise money for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Duty To Care. Duty To Care’s mission is to provide wellbeing support via online consultation to improve and sustain the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS, continues to be there for these families through the most difficult times. Their hospices are still open but with reduced capacity – providing physical, hands-on support for the most urgent cases. The CHAS at Home team continues to provide vital care in people’s homes. Of course this is in addition to their ongoing work in hospitals to provide specialist palliative support to their NHS colleagues working with children with life-shortening conditions. This includes their specialist palliative care team in Glasgow Children’s Hospital, as well as their Diana children’s nurses who work in the major children’s hospitals across Scotland.
We absolutely love and appreciate the work that CHAS do, and we hope that we can help support families through their toughest times.
Megan Stobo, Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive from CHAS said;
‘Knowing your child will die young is the hardest thing. It is made even harder with the constant worry about what Coronavirus infection means, and the stark reality of isolation.
To ensure we can continue supporting every referred child and their families who are shielding at home, we have launched the UK’s first Virtual Children’s Hospice, providing remote access to a range of remote support from CHAS. Essential medical advice, creative activity packs and videos as well as fun and games with Clown Doctors and music therapists will be provided for free. For those who can’t currently visit CHAS’s hospice support and creative activities as usual, the virtual hospice will not only help them survive this unprecedented situation, but help them thrive and continue to smile – keeping the joy alive.
We are so grateful to the team at Eden Mill, and indeed their fantastic customers for supporting children and families through this wonderful initiative.“
The 70cl bottles are available to buy direct here for £30.
Cocktail shakers at the ready! 🍸It’s time to liven up your cocktails with our Love Gin Liqueur range! Mixologists love our Love Gin Liqueurs because of their vibrant and exciting flavours.
We’re just a little bit obsessed with this RHUBARB SOUR!
You can recreate it too, you’ll need… – 60ml Spiced Rhubarb Crumble Liqueur – 35ml Vodka – 25ml Lemon Juice – 5 drops Rhubarb bitters – 1 egg white Simply shake and strain!
Whisk yourself away to somewhere tropical this weekend with our Mango & Pineapple Liqueur. 🍍🍍
Create the ‘Perfect Storm’ using: 25ml Mango & Pineapple Liqueur 25ml Coconut Rum 25ml Passion fruit puree (or 1 full passion fruit) 25ml Pineapple juice Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, shake, double strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.
Join the ‘Love Club’ with our Raspberry, Vanilla & Meringue Liqueur. We’ve tried and tested this cocktail and can say it’s 👌. You’ll need: – 25ML Raspberry, Vanilla & Meringue Liqueur – 25ML Love Gin – 20ML Lemon Juice – 15ML Sugar Syrup – 5 Raspberries – 1 Egg White
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of the shaker then add in the remaining ingredients. First, dry shake without ice, then add the ice and shake hard. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Our Love Gin Liqueurs are now available to order in a beautiful presentation set, complete with your choice of liqueur and two Eden Mill martini glasses! Available online at edenmill.com
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: