The Glasgow Distillery Company this week released the first bottlings of its Makar Glasgow Gin, which takes its name from the Scottish word for a poet, into the trade.
The gin is available through drinks supplier Wine Importers and from The Glasgow Distillery Company, and has already gained listings in a number of Glasgow bars, including Brel, Blackfriars, the Bon Accord, Sloans and Gin 71.
The Glasgow Distillery Company, a partnership between drinks industry veteran Liam Hughes, accountant Ian McDougall and an Asia-based investor, now aims to roll out the gin to more “quality bars, restaurants and hotels” across Scotland.
Described as a “premium hand-crafted traditional gin”, the spirit is distilled seven times in a copper still called ‘Annie’ and then left to rest for a minimum of two weeks.
Makar’s recipe includes juniper berries, angelica root, liquorice, coriander seeds, lemon peel, cassia bark, black peppercorns and rosemary; the botanicals feature on the heptagonal-shaped bottle, which was designed to have a “strong back-bar presence”.
Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, said the gin can be served neat, with tonic or as part of a cocktail.
“It has been a really exciting time and we are delighted to get Glasgow’s first gin into the marketplace,” he said.
“Our brand ambassador David Thomson will be introducing Makar to bars.”