New gin map of Scotland celebrates rise of Scottish gin

Scots consumer nearly 30 million litres of gin each year.
Scots consumer nearly 30 million litres of gin each year.
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The map, testament to the rising popularity of Scottish gin in a country usually famed for its whisky, has been launched in time for World Gin Day on June 11.

Created by online deals website 5pm.co.uk, the new 2016 map features the names of the gins, their regions of production and the ingredients that go into each area’s tipple.

The new map from 5pm.co.uk showcases Scottish gin production. Picture: 5pm

The new map from 5pm.co.uk showcases Scottish gin production. Picture: 5pm

Featuring on the map for the first time are two new gins, McQueen and Persie, that were launched just last week. The new additions to the national gin map bring the number of gins featured to a total of nine.

Gin is now a major component of the Scottish economy, amassing £1.76bn for the UK economy.

Scots consumed close to 30 million litres of gin last year with the Scottish capital drinking the most gin of any city in the UK.

It is shipped to destinations across the globe and distiller Eden Mill in St Andrews recently concluded a deal worth £1.5m to enable the distribution of their gin to China.

Gin brands found on the map range from world leaders like Hendrick’s to more local operations like Jinzu, a gin created by bartender Dee Davies whose Jinzu recipe triumphed in a competition hosted by Diageo.

The map also showcases the creativity and resourcefulness behind each region’s variety of gin. From sugar kelp in the Isle of Harris Gin to hand selected nettles from Stirlingshire in the Stirling variety, each area makes extensive use of local produce.

For each gin on the map, a corresponding garnish is recommended by the producer. Examples of suitable compliments include frozen raspberry for the Eden Mill Love Gin and kiwi for the Shetland Reel gin.

Ronnie Somerville, the founder of 5pm, said: “This World Gin Day we encourage gin lovers to take inspiration (or ginspiration) from our Gin Map of Scotland, fill up their glass with a cold G&T, and make it a Scottish one.”

A full size map can be viewed here.