Distillery shows its Glasgow spirit

Seven times distilled Makar gin is launched in city bars

• Glasgow Distillery Company CEO Liam Hughes (right) with (from left) Michelle Lansdowne, Ian McDougall, Jack Mayo and Mike Hayward.

GLASGOW’S newest distillery has launched its first spirit – a small-batch gin said to be the first to be produced in the city.

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.”