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    Jul 30, 2015

    19 Scottish Gins, Vodkas, And Rums That Everyone Must Drink

    There's more to Scotland than Scotch.

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    1. Dark Matter Spiced Rum / Via Facebook: 374829705926432

    This richly spiced rum is made by Aberdeenshire-based Dark Matter Distillers: Scotland's only purpose-built rum distillery. It's made from sugarcane molasses with added ginger, green and black peppercorns, and dried long pepper.

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    2. Ancient Mariner Gin

    Perfect for sailors, this delicious gin comes in a cube shaped bottle to stop spillage at sea. It is made by the Hebridean Liqueur Company from Helensburgh, and is made with gin, citrus and a touch of pepper and spice.

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    3. Arbikie Vodka

    This slightly sweet potato vodka is made by Arbikie Distillery near Lunan Bay, Angus, and recently beat a host of famous names to win a major award. It's creamy, smooth and best served neat over ice.

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    4. Daffy’s Gin

    This premium gin is made in Edinburgh from juniper, Lebanese mint, coriander, angelica root, Spanish lemon, cassia bark, orris root, and orange peel. It should be served neat over ice like a single malt whisky, or with fresh mint and lime.

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    5. Boë Gin

    Boë is a relatively new gin from the Stirlingshire village of Doune, with hints of orange peel, liquorice, and citrus. It takes its strange name from Professor Franz de la Boë who invented gin in 1658. Drink with tonic, ice, and wedges of orange.

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    6. Pickering’s Gin

    Pickering's is produced by Summerhall Distillery in Edinburgh using an original Bombay recipe kept secret since 1947. Botanicals include coriander, cardamon, fennel, star anise, lime and cloves. Serve with Fever Tree tonic and lemongrass.

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    7. NB Gin

    This crisp gin is made in North Berwick, East Lothian in small quantities of only 100 litres at a time. It's flavoured with lemon peel, cardamom, and coriander seed, which gives it a uniquely spicy flavour. Serve with lemon juice and soda.

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    8. Ogilvy Vodka

    This robust, award-winning vodka is made on Ogilvy Farm in Angus by the Jarron family from home-grown Maris Piper potatoes and water from the nearby Ogilvy Burn. Serve neat over ice with a slice of pear, or with fresh ginger and soda water.

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    9. Seaside Gin

    This unique offering from the Edinburgh Gin Distillery is made with British coastal botanicals to evoke the taste of the seaside. It's slightly sweet, and is made with juniper, seaweed, gorse, and ground ivy. Serve with tonic, ideally at the beach.

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    10. The Botanist

    This satin-smooth gin is made on the stunning Hebridean Isle of Islay at the Bruichladdich distillery. It's wild-foraged ingredients include apple mint, gorse, elder, lemon balm, and wild thyme. Serve with Fever Tree tonic or neat over ice.

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    11. Caorunn Gin

    This crisp, dry gin is made with locally-foraged botanicals at Balmenach in the Cairngorms, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It’s distilled four times by "gin master" Simon Buley, and is best served with tonic and a slice of apple.

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    12. Old Raj Red

    This aromatic gin is made at Cadenhead Distillery, Scotland's oldest independent bottler. It gets its yellow colouring from the saffron that forms part of the blend. Other botanicals include juniper, orris, and cassia. Drink with ice and bitters.

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    13. Eden Mill Love Gin / Via

    This romantic gin is made at the St. Andrew's based Eden Mill distillery with hibiscus and rose petals. If that doesn't appeal, you could always try their sea buckthorn gin instead. Serve over ice with a wedge of pink grapefruit topped with tonic water.

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    14. Valt Vodka / Via Facebook: OpenTheValt

    This flavourful malted barley vodka is produced by Strathleven Distilleries near Loch Lomond using fresh mountain water. Its inventors claim Valt is first Scottish single malt vodka in the world. Serve with orange, soda, and a dash of sugar syrup.

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    15. Oaked Highland Gin

    This handcrafted gin by Strathearn Distillery in Perthshire gets its golden colour (and hints of vanilla, smoke, and caramel) from the oak chips the gin is infused with during production. Mix with fresh orange over ice for a gin Harvey Wallbanger.

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    16. Rock Rose Gin

    This hand-distilled gin made in beautiful Dunnet Bay is worth buying for the bottle alone, but it tastes great too. It's made with locally sourced rose root, sea buckthorn, and rowan berries. Serve with ice, Fever Tree tonic, and lemon.

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    17. Pincer Vodka

    This creamy, herbal vodka is made by Crossbill Highland Distilling near Aviemore in a fantastic wooden building that was recently nominated for a "Shed of the Year" award. It's infused with milk heather and wild elderflower and tastes great over ice.

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    18. Darnley's View Spiced Gin

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    This cinnamon and nutmeg spiced gin is made by the Wemyss family in Fife. It takes its name from Lord Darnley, who first met his wife-to-be Mary Queen of Scots at Weymss Castle in 1565. Serve with ice and ginger ale.

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    19. Gin Bothy Mulled Gin

    If you've never tried a spiced gin, now's your chance. This warming gin is made in a farm bothy in the Angus Glens and is infused with cinnamon, cloves, mixed spice, and sugar. Best served on the rocks, with ginger ale, or warm in winter.

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