FAQs

How alcoholic is gin?

To be classed as a gin the minimum bottled ABV must be 37.5%. However, the strength of gin can increase with Navy strength gins being higher at 57% ABV.

What is the difference between gin and gin liqueur?

There are two main differences between gin and gin liqueur, firstly the alcohol percentage. In the UK, a spirit must be bottled at a minimum of 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) to be classed as a gin. This means that anything lower cannot be called gin. Secondly, gin also has to have a flavour palate of predominantly juniper berries, this means that when it comes to experimenting and building a flavour portfolio our liqueurs have a base note of gin with other flavours layered on top meaning they cannot be classed as a gin.

How alcoholic is gin liqueur?

Our gin liqueurs have an ABV of 20%.

Why has my gin liqueur changed colour?

The liqueurs are 20% ABV and while they wont go off they may fade over time. We do not use any artificial colours or flavours in the gin liqueurs, which means they will change colour as the natural pigment breaks down. For example the rhubarb and ginger will get lighter, the elderflower will get darker, the raspberry gets lighter etc.

This will happen faster in sunlight but will still happen if kept in a cool dark place. There might be a difference due to different batches and of course we have no control how long the product is on a retailers shelf before purchase. You can check when it was made by looking for the bottling date - usually printed directly onto the glass in the lower half of the bottle. It's very faint but will give you a date of production and anything made in 2018 is likely to be very pale or clear now.

The product is still perfectly safe to drink but we do advise they are best kept in a cool dark place and ideally used within a year of purchase.

When does gin expire?

If unopened, a bottle of gin can last several years. However, gin does not improve with age as some wines do, so it is best to enjoy your gin. If the bottle has been opened, then oxygen has been introduced to the spirit causing oxidisation, which over time may change the flavour of the gin to lessen. Always make sure you keep the cap of your gin bottle screwed on to limit oxidisation and to get the most flavour out of your gin, use an opened bottle within a year.

Will gin freeze?

Gin does not freeze, because its ABV is too high. This means that it is safe to keep your bottle of gin in the freezer, and also makes for a wonderfully cold G&T.

Where should I store my gin?

Gin is best stored with the lid tight, stood upright and in a cool dark place away from heat. Alternatively, you can store gin in your freezer.

Are gin and vodka the same thing?

Gin and vodka are the same if we look at the fact that they are both popular drinks, clear spirits and are made using a distillation process. However, the key difference is that vodka is made by distilling potatoes, rye or wheat whereas gin's distillation uses malt or grain and is then mixed with juniper berries. When is comes to how the two spirits taste, vodka is renowned for being a neutral and tasteless spirits, gin on the other hand has a distinct juniper taste and is often layered with other botanic notes to provide a wide range of delicious gin flavours.

What is your best gin?

How could we possible choose a favourite gin among all of our delicious gins! The best gin is really up to you, if you prefer a more classic, botanical tasting gin then our Classic gin is a London dry and makes a wonderful base to many cocktails. If you are looking for something stronger in both juniper taste and alcohol volume then we have Cannonball gin. Perhaps you would like to try something different within the gin category, in which case our Seaside gin is inspired by the shoreline near Edinburgh and has both sweet and salty notes. But of course, Edinburgh gin is most famous for our flavours whether as a gin liqueur or a full strength gin. Our new Gooseberry and Elderflower gin makes for a refreshing twist to a long gin and tonic with ice.

Is gin gluten free?

Although gin is made using cereal grains like wheat, barley and rye, the distillation process vaporizes the alcohol which separates it from the grain mixture. As per coeliac uk, all spirit drinks are safe for people with coeliac disease. However, we must always advise that you drink gin responsibly.

Is gin vegan friendly?

Edinburgh gin is vegan friendly, except our Bramble & Honey gin which is made using Honey. However, if you are serving your gin with a delicious tonic pairing, then please make sure you check the tonic ingredients as some tonics are not vegan.