The upcoming £10 million Port of Leith Distillery launched its first drinks with a new gin and sherry, celebrating the maritime and distilling heritage of Edinburgh's historic Port of Leith district. Named after Edinburgh's Dr. James Lind, a hero of the Scottish Enlightenment, who observed that citrus fruits prevented scurvy in the world's first recorded clinical trial, Lind & Lime Gin combines flavours of lime and pink peppercorn.
With a base spirit at 96% ABV, the gin has been distilled with seven curated botanicals. Designed in a distinctive wine bottle shape, Lind & Lime Gin harks back to Leith's past as a trading harbour for wines, sherries and ports, the most valuable commodities to pass through the docks from the 14th century onwards. Traditionally wines and spirits were transported in barrels before being bottled in Leith. This remarkable local industrial heritage has inspired the choice of a wine bottle shape.
In addition to Lind & Lime Gin, Port of Leith Distillery is launching a sherry sourced from Bodegas Baron in Cadiz, Andalucía. Port of Leith Distillery Sherry is a refreshing style of Oloroso with zingy citrus notes, dried fruit and an array of nutty flavours. Delicious served at room temperature with charcuterie, roast almonds, or chilled on a summer's evening.
The sherry is similarly inspired by Leith's maritime past, when whisky merchants based in The Shore area would use empty sherry casks to store spirits. They discovered sherry casks transformed the flavour of their products and a major innovation in whisky production was born. In future, Port of Leith Distillery will source sherry casks from Bodegas Baron to mature its whisky.
Port of Leith Distillery, Scotland's first vertical distillery, is set to be a landmark tourist attraction with its bold design and panoramic views over Edinburgh, Leith and the harbour. Work begins on the project in Spring 2019 with an opening date in Autumn 2020.
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