Distillery creates ‘UK’s first’ dry hopped ginBy Amy Hopkins
Eden Mill – Scotland’s first combined brewery and distillery – has merged the worlds of beer and spirits by creating what it claims is the UK’s first dry hopped gin.
Using Australian galaxy hops as a botanical in its new small batch gin, Eden Mill claims its Hop Gin marks an “evolution” linking the two crafts of brewing and distilling together.
The distillery has released just 980 small-batch, individually numbered bottles, with plans to launch a second batch next week.
“Feedback on trial batches has been astonishingly positive,” said Siobhan McLeod, head of operations at Eden Mill. “The fresh citrus and apricot aroma from the Australian galaxy hops complimenting the conventional botanicals including juniper, coriander and liquorice to produce a full flavoured refreshing gin.
“The real fun of being an authentic small-batch brewer and distiller is that we can be truly innovative and experimental with what we produce. The additional dry hopping on this really sets it apart from other conventional gins”
Fife-based Eden Brewery became Scotland’s first combined brewery and distillery last month when it branched out into Scotch whisky and gin.
The move will bring whisky production back to the site for the first time in 150 years, since the Haig family produced grain whisky at the former Seggie Distillery between 1810 and 1860.
Eden Mill also revealed it plans to release a blended malt whisky comprised of liquid sourced from seven different Scotch distilleries next month.