Makar Glasgow Gin
Makar Glasgow Gin is produced in very small batches in a copper pot still. Apart from juniper berries, seven botanical's from various countries around the world are used. The result is a superb gin, well balanced and with depth. Expect bold earthy notes.
Glasgow Distillery Co
The Glasgow Distillery Co was established in 2013 becoming the first distillery in the City of Glasgow for over 100 years. The craft of distillation is not however new to this part of Scotland. In 1770 Glasgow was a thriving hub for business and trade and it was then when the original Glasgow Distillery was established in Dundashills.
Records form that time shows that there were well over 150 "licenced" distilleries in Scotland with many more illicit ones. In 1825 the Glasgow Distillery Company took over the stills st Dundashills and for number of years ahead the distillery operated under different guises. In 1899 a number of stills were increased to expand production however following the great depression, prohibition and two world wars the distillery closed its doors for ever.
In 2011 the 'founding partners' envisaged an opportunity to build a brand new distillery in the heart of Glasgow with the idea to produce high quality malt whisky and premium gin. Today their first Glasgow gin is making its presence felt on the Scottish market and abroad.
Gin can trace its History back many hundreds of years to Holland, it is also thought that it could have been distilled in Italy although the evidence is far and few between. Its initial success was in the medical industry as a spirit used to cure all sorts of ailments such as Gout and Gallstones. When the drinkers of the spirit complained about the foul taste; it became common for the spirit to be flavoured with Juniper berries. The drink was to become infamous when British soldiers fighting in the Low Countries during the 30 year war brought it back with them to England. At this point Gin quickly become the drink of the lower classes and the impoverished in Britain, The first distilleries in England made dubious Spirit at best but it was the first Light of the morning of British gin. The drink was rarely regulated and it wasn't until the formation by King Charles I of the Worshipful Company of Distillers that Gin started to become regulated. Later laws were to attempt to force duty and licence on distillers and it almost caused the fall of the industry. However when Britain started to expand and the formation of the Empire began, Gin was to become the drink of the British Empire. Malaria a vicious illness is curable by consuming Quinine an unpalatable product from tree bark it was mixed into a tonic which when mixed with Gin became quite drinkable. With the new Gin and Tonic recipes on the market Gin rose to the forefront and become a most loved drink in Britain.