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First gin distillation in Aberdeen for 100 years

Three entrepreneurs have revived gin distilling in the Scottish city of Aberdeen for the first time in 100 years.

Porter’s Gin is the first distillation in Aberdeen for a century

Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and Alex Lawrence have been perfecting the recipe of Porter’s Gin for the past few years and have worked closely with G&J Distillers.

Named after professor Andrew Porter of Aberdeen University – who sourced col-distillation equipment for the team – the expression is said to be juniper-forward with “refreshing aromatic and citrus notes”.

“Gin is enjoying an incredible renaissance worldwide and is now the drink choice for many,” said Iravani, managing director of Monkey Bars Aberdeen. “This is down to a number of reasons, including the role of gin in the rise of classic cocktail culture.

“The gin market has almost become saturated over the past few years, but the unique and delicious flavour profile in our gin which will work in both classic cocktails and also stand out in the traditional G&T.

“The best gins are those that have been created with a focus on exceptional flavour, and we have achieved this with Porter’s.

“Aberdeen has a fantastic bar scene and we are looking forward to introducing our brand, before looking to expand throughout the UK.”

Part of Porter’s gin is distilled in cocktail bar Orchid, which is owned by Monkey Bars, and the group intends to sell the brand in the firm’s bars from October, before launching in London.

“It has been an amazing opportunity to be part of a team focused in creating a modern gin with classic potential,” commented Lawrence, bartender. “Looking at it from a bartending point of view has aided us in creating a versatile but bold product and I’m excited for the future as I genuinely believe in the liquid we have created.

“We want to add a fresh twist to the market with a genuine and honest product.”

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