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!
Join us for the next chapter of our iconic Golf Gin.
Originally created in 2018 using key botanicals such as seaweed, heather, lavender and pine, we are so proud to be releasing our customer-favourite Golf Gin for the first time in a new sustainable bespoke glass bottle as part of our Heritage Gin Range.
This botanically rich spirit incorporates ingredients that can be spotted around local grassland and coastal golf courses in Scotland. Inspired by the ocean view of St. Andrews Links, we created a seaweed base, with fresh pine to transport us to windswept fairways, and quintessentially Scottish heather adding a floral undertone!
DISCOVER THE STORY OF GOLF GIN
This botanically rich spirit incorporates ingredients that can be spotted around local grassland and coastal golf courses in Scotland. Inspired by the ocean view of St. Andrews Links – which can be seen, if you look closely, in the illustration – we created this gin using a seaweed base, with fresh pine and quintessentially Scottish heather.
Ella’s stunning illustration for this bottle invites you to find references to St. Andrews lore from the town’s celebrated Golf history. Did you know that local legend has it that it was actually sheep that led to the bunkers on golf courses? They dug out holes on St. Andrews Links to protect themselves from the harsh wind sweeping in from the sea – inadvertently leading to a staple of any golf course around the world.
We invite you to have a close look at the illustration on this bottle and see what local legends you can unearth. Our Golf Gin illustration also includes a room key with the number 269 engraved… Did you know World-renowned golfer Tiger Woods will only stay in room 269 at The Old Course Hotel when he stays in St Andrews? The reason being that 269 was the number of strokes it took him to win his first Open Championship in St Andrews back in 2000.
With so many little details to this illustration, we invite you to discover what other legends can be found in our Golf Gin story.
DISCOVER THE TASTE OF GOLF GIN
Hints of Juniper Pine in a forest of lavender and spruce trees. There is a slight tang of the sea that underlies it.
The juniper dominates as it should but there is a sweetness from the gorse to it that makes sure it isn’t overpowering. The heather and lavender add a floral note while the spruce and coriander provide a distinct peppery finish.
A distinct peppery finish
Eden Mill recommend serving Golf Gin with a premium tonic and a blackberry and mint garnish!
We are proud to present our new look Heritage and Premium gin ranges, introducing sustainable bespoke glass bottles and 9 new flavours. Discover the story behind your favourite gin and join Eden Mill in the next chapter as we move towards a greener future!
See below the perfect serve for each of our new gin collection, including garnishes, and have the perfect gin night in! Share your serve and don’t forget to tag @edenmill on socials for your chance to be featured.
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.
HOW IMPORTANT IS SUSTAINABILITY TO US?
Sustainability is extremely important at Eden Mill. With Scotland’s aim of reducing emissions by 75% by 2030, we believe it is important that all industries contribute to achieving this figure.
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.
Here at Eden Mill, we try our best to responsibly source our ingredients from as many local venues as we can.
One example of this is our no alcohol range, Eden Nil, where all of the ingredients have been sourced locally from the secret herb garden in Edinburgh.
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 launching a new glass bottle.
We have moved towards this to ensure we are working towards a greener future. This new glass bottle will make it easier for venues to recycle our gin bottles when they are empty.
HOW IS THE NEW BOTTLE GREENER?
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!
Passionate about craft and our future, by Spring 2022 Eden Mill will open Scotland’s first carbon-neutral single malt whisky distillery in St Andrews, in time for the 150th anniversary of The Open Championships.
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 want to decrease our carbon footprint as much as possible.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As our packaging is easily recycled, all we ask is that our customers please recycle bottles and boxes in the correct manner.
Or why not up-cycle old bottles in to something new! Tag us in your creations @edenmill for a chance to be featured.
Find out more about Eden Mill St. Andrews at edenmill.comto keep up-to-date on all the latest news!
Eden Mill are so excited to reveal our latest, festive collaboration with BonBox, a luxury handmade artisan chocolatier. After our most recent collaboration with BonBox sold out within 72 hours so we just knew we had to create a brand new offer.
For our latest collaboration, we’re pairing 100 bottles of our Candy Cane Christmas Gin with BoxBox’s luxury white hot chocolate to create the ultimate festive serve.
Candy Cane Gin Ultimate Boozy Hot Chocolate
With the nights getting darker and just a little bit colder, we wanted to bring some warmth into peoples homes and gardens this Christmas with a luxury, premium white hot chocolate and gin mix! This latest collaboration includes all of the ingredients you need to create the ultimate, luxury boozy festive white hot chocolate in five easy steps!
How to create the ultimate boozy hot chocolate
Place 3 heaped dessert spoons of white chocolate flakes into a mug.
Fill the remainder with milk and microwave for around 2 minutes (make sure to leave a few centimetres at the top for your gin!)
Stir in 50ml Candy Cane Gin.
Top with whipped cream
Garnish with crushed Candy Canes or white chocolate shavings and enjoy!
Eden Mill Candy Cane Christmas Gin
Eden Mill Candy Cane Christmas Gin is the perfect balance of juniper and cool candy cane freshness. Think of a candy cane in gin form – red, delicious, with a candied, cool peppermint twist!
BonBox Artisan Chocolates, Luxury White Drinking Chocolate (250g)
Finely grated white chocolate with a sweet vanilla finish, loaded with cocoa butter ensuring a velvety, luxurious and indulgent drink.
Barry Gamble, owner of BonBox:
‘Eden Mill wanted to pair their festive Candy Cane Christmas Gin with a hot chocolate to accentuate both the flavour and striking colour of their gin. I just knew our luxury white hot chocolate would create a wonderful pink colour when mixed, creating the ultimate adult treat for the cold winter’s evenings.’
Chocolatier Barry from BonBox trained at City of Glasgow before refining his skill and fascination with taste at some of the city’s finest kitchens such as Le 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 BonBox 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 BonBox 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.’
Eden Mill and BonBox Collaboration
‘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.’
Order you Eden Mill Candy Cane Gin and BonBox White Hot Chocolate for £28 here.
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.
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.
LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE IN SUPPORT OF NHS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS
£2 from every bottle sold of our limited edition Original Gin will be invested into organisations or charities who are working towards protecting and supporting the NHS and all of our healthcare workers. Each month we will announce and support a chosen charity.
SECOND MONTH OF FUNDS
We are now pleased to announce that our new chosen charity is Duty To Care. With our NHS workers facing a huge amount of pressure at work, now more than ever, it is important to support them through these difficult times. 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. With your help, through Duty To Care, NHS workers will have access to: cbt therapists; psychotherapists; mindfulness teachers; meditation experts; breath-work experts; nutritional therapists, personal trainers, yoga teachers and life coaches.
We are so proud of all of our NHS and healthcare heroes and we hope this can make even a small difference to many NHS workers.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Eden Mill has chosen to direct funds towards Duty To Care. The innovative way in which they adapted their product and set out fundraising plans in response to the crisis in inspiring. Turning the bottle blue made a powerful statement, and it speaks volume about their commitment and determination to give back at this time. We are delighted that our donation from the money they are raising will enable us to support our NHS workers with virtual therapy and wellbeing sessions.”
FIRST MONTH OF FUNDS
Proceeds will be 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). This equipment will be given to all front-line staff including paramedics, porters, cleaning staff, healthcare assistants, catering staff, physiotherapists and NHS volunteers. We have chosen Mask for NHS Heroes due to the fantastic effort they are making to provide PPE to workers which will not only save the front-line staff’s lives but also the lives of the patients.
We are so proud of all of our NHS and healthcare heroes and we hope this can make even a small difference to many lives!