Top 10 Scottish spirits that aren’t Scotch

23rd January, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

Crossbill Gin

Gin producers may be pushing the boat with a plethora of unusual botanicals, but back in 2014, Crossbill Gin turned heads by keeping it simple. The gin – created in a tiny distillery in a converted henhouse, itself in the middle of Cairngorns National Park – contains just two botanicals, Scottish juniper and wild rosehip. Its founder, Jonathan Engels, the man behind Pincer Botanical Vodka, is working with the UK’s Forestry Commission and Plantlife to re-establish a plentiful juniper supply in Scotland.

At the end of 2015, Crossbill launched a special edition gin using a local specimen of juniper dating back more than 200 years. The juniper was sourced from a plant next to Crossbill’s distillery in Cairngorns National Park.

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