STIRLING GIN TASTING NOTES
In blending together our traditional and hand foraged botanicals, we have created a unique gin which explodes on the nose. A spirit which can be enjoyed neat over ice or equally enjoyable with a premium tonic or mixer of your choice. Add some torn basil and orange zest to create the perfect Stirling Gin serve.
Nose: Fresh, green and clean, with subtle undertones of herbaceous notes and Juniper.
Palate: Initial warmth from the heat of the nettles, with herbal depth increasing in intensity and a consistent subtlety of Juniper.
Finish: A long, slightly oily finish with a lingering citrus sweetness from the Orange oil
SG On The Rocks
Pour a measure of Stirling Gin over ice and enjoy.
Maximise the intensity by adding a couple of freshly torn basil leaves.
The Classic G & T
Serve a measure of Stirling Gin in a Hi-Ball over ice, then garnish with Orange zest and freshly picked Basil leaf.
‘So Precious’ Cocktail
This delightful cocktail was created for a charity event raising money for the neonatal unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Ingredients:- 2 parts Stirling Gin – 1 part lemon juice – 1 part mixed berry syrup – 1 part apple juice
Either pour over ice and top with premium tonic, or shake with ice, serve and enjoy!
Stirling Gin, Pineapple Syrup, Lemon Juice, fresh Basil.
Apple & Basil Smash
Stirling Gin, Whisky or Brandy Liqueur, Pressed Apple, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Basil.
Stirling Gin, Tomato Juice, Squeeze Lemon, Balsamic vinegar, Green Basil Pesto, Salt & Pepper to taste.
Stirling Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice, Rosemary Syrup.
‘The SG Smooth’
Put 1 measure Stirling Gin, 1 measure *Raspberry Vodka and 3 measures of Pineapple juice all into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then pour into your cocktail glass, place on top a fresh raspberry……and enjoy the perfect smooth cocktail 🙂
* Raspberry Vodka can be replaced with Raspberry or Bramble Gin.
Spiced Winter Punch
1 Bottle of Stirling Gin
1tbsp Citric Acid
6 Cinnamon Sticks
4 Star Anise
Add all ingredients EXCEPT the Gin to a saucepan and allow to simmer for around half an hour until all the spices have warmed through the liquid. Once your punch has cooled and been strained to remove spices, add your Stirling Gin. The Slight Aniseed finish in the gin works incredibly well with the Winter Spices and makes for a warming festive punch to enjoy with family and friends!
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Aberdeen Whisky Shop
474 Union Street,
AB10 1TS http://www.aberdeenwhiskyshop.co.uk
Finzean Estate Farm Shop & Tea Room
AB31 6PA http://www.finzean.com
George Strachan Ltd
AB34 5HT http://www.georgestrachanltd.co.uk
George Strachan Ltd
AB35 5RE http://www.georgestrachanltd.co.uk
336 Great Western Road,
AB10 6LX http://www.hammertonstore.co.uk
Inverurie Whisky Shop
1 Burnside Court,
AB51 3SH http://www.inveruriewhiskyshop.com
Fountainhall Wines LTD
29 Fountainhall Road
AB15 4EW http://www.fountainhallwines.co.uk
22 Dee St, Banchory,
AB31 5ST https://www.facebook.com/DeesideDrinksEmporium/
A.D Rattray – Whiskies of Distinction
32 Main Road,
KA19 8HY http://www.adrattray.com
KA7 1BG http://www.robbieswhiskymerchants.com
26-28 Main Street
KA30 8AB http://www.geraldos.co.uk
27 Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ www.
Blairmains Farm Shop
Stirling FK9 5QA www.blairmains.com
25 Bridge Street
Clackmannanshire FK14 7DE
69-71 Main Street,
Callander, FK17 8DX
The Green Welly Stop – Whisky Galore,
Crianlarich FK20 8RY http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk
Stirling FK8 3JA
Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies
2 Henderson Street
Bridge of Allan
FK9 4HT http://www.woodwinters.com
The Scottish Gantry,
1 Stirling Arcade,
FK8 1AX https://thescottishgantry.com/
Spirit of Callander
96 Main Street,
FK17 8BD http://www.spiritofcallander.co.uk/
Dumfries and Galloway
TB Watson LTD
Fine Wines and Spirit Merchant
11-17 English Street
DG1 2BU, http://www.drambusters.com
11 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4HN http://www.drinkmonger.com/
194 Rose Street,
EH2 4AZ http://www.robertgraham1874.com
EH8 8AA http://www.robertgraham1874.com
Royal Mile Whiskies
379 High Street, The Royal Mile
EH1 1PW http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com
The Gin Co.
32 North Bridge
The Whisky Trail
223 225 High Street, The Royal Mile
EH1 1PE http://www.thewhiskytrail.co.uk
St Andrew Wine Company
16 Bell Street,
KY16 9UX http://www.standrewswinecompany.com
Taste of Scotland St Andrews
144 Market St,
KY16 9UX https://www.facebook.com/Taste-Of-Scotland-St-Andrews-301832396862970/
100 Gray St,
DD5 2DN http://www.aitkenwines.com/
61 High Street,
PH33 6DH http://delicraft.co.uk/
The Good Spirits Co
23 Bath Street
Glasgow G2 1HW www.thegoodspiritsco.com
The Good Spirits Co
21 Clarence Drive,
G12 9QN http://www.thegoodspiritsco.com
139 Hyndland Rd,
G12 9JA http://www.peckhams.co.uk/
124 Byres Rd,
G12 8TB http://www.peckhams.co.uk/
111 West George
Scotland G2 1QX http://www.robertgraham1874.com
Billingtons of Lenzie
114 Kirkintilloch Road
G66 4LQ http://www.billingtonsoflenzie.co.uk
421 Great Western Rd,
G4 9JA https://thecaveglasgow.co.uk/
449 Great Western Rd,
G12 8HH https://www.valhallasgoat.com/
305 Crow Rd,
G11 7BU https://www.graysdeli.com/
Abbey Fine Wines,
17 Market Square,
TD6 9PL https://www.abbeyfinewines.co.uk/
100 Atholl Road, Pitlochry
PH16 5BL http://www.drinkmonger.com/
106 High Street
Perth and Kinross PH3 1BJ
8 James Square
Crieff PH7 3HX
47 South Street
Perth, PH2 8PD www.exelwines.co.uk
Gloagburn Farm Shop
PH1 1QL http://www.gloagburnfarmshop.co.uk
26 West High Street,
23 George Street,
PH1 5JY http://www.provenderbrown.co.uk
Robertsons of Pitlochry
44-46 Atholl Road
PH16 5BX http://www.robertsonsofpitlochry.co.uk
133 Commercial Street,
ZE1 0DL https://www.beervana.co.uk/
Grants Fine Foods
5D Station Rd,
IV25 3PG https://grantsofspeyside.co.uk/grants-of-dornoch/
Dornoch Whisky Cellars
IV25 3FD https://www.facebook.com/carnegiewhiskycellars/
Mearns T. McCaskie Butchers
Bayview Shore Road
PA18 6AR, http://www.mccaskiebutcher.co.uk
Aitken Wine Warehouse
Unit 7, Annfield Row
DD1 5JH http://www.aitkenwines.com
100 Gray Street,
DD5 2DN http://www.aitkenwines.com
Independent Spirit of Bath
7 Terrace Walk
BA1 1LN independentspiritofbath.co.uk
9 Sussex street
CB1 1PA http://www.robertgraham1874.com
Turmeaus Whisky & Cigar Shop,
28 Watergate Street,
CH1 2LA, http://www.cgarsltd.co.uk
74 Old Compton Street,
London W1D 4UW http://www.gerrys.uk.com
4 Broadwell Parade,
London NW6 3BQ http://www.robertgraham1874.com
Royal Mile Whiskies
3 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3QE http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com
Taste Fine Wines
HD5 8XF www.tastefinewines.co.uk
Y01 8AS http://www.evileyelounge.com
Master of The Malt
The Juniper Club
OCTOBER 28, 2015, will always be a special date in the history of Stirling Gin!
For not only was it the day on which the first ever batch of our premium dry gin was distilled, it also marked our co-owners June and Cameron McCann’s 26th wedding anniversary!
Residents of the picturesque Stirlingshire Victorian Spa Town of Bridge of Allan, the McCann’s had launched the first ever Stirling Gin Festival in 2014 to critical acclaim.
Yet despite the success of that maiden foray into the ‘botanical world’ it was clear that one thing had been missing from the festival….a gin from Stirling!
Subsequently During long walks with their Springer Spaniel Kinchie the McCann’s spent hours discussing the possibilities of developing a distinctive gin that was indelibly linked to their historic home city.
It was on one such ramble that June and Cameron realised the vital ingredient needed to create a unique gin that had as its key ingredient an indigenous Stirlingshire herb, was staring them, quite literally, in the face.
Growing wild and vital, the Stirlingshire nettle lined the paths of many of the McCann’s strolls through the same historic parkland that had once been hunted by Scotland’s medieval rulers, the Stewarts, from their base at the brooding Stirling Castle high above.
The Nettle or correctly speaking ‘Urtica dioica’ has long been revered and cherished as a life-sustaining herb throughout history.
The ancient Egyptians using nettle infusion for relief of arthritis and lumbago, the Romans utilising the herb to help stimulate circulation while the nettle also played a key part in the medical culture of many Native American tribes.
Excited by the prospect of using an essential wild Stirlingshire herb to provide the key ingredient for what would become the first ever Stirling produced gin, June and Cameron soon set to work.
Painstaking hours of researching and experimenting mounted up as they sought to produce their Holy Grail, a perfect botanical blend which incorporated the Stirlingshire nettle and at the same time provided a scintillating gin that was…well…a wee bit different!
Then in the Spring of 2015, after six torturous months of refining, tasting, distilling and with a little help from a cute copper pot still called Jinty and the tasting buds of a group of loyal and endlessly thirsty friends, the Eureka moment finally arrived and the first definitive bottle of Stirling Gin was produced!
Boasting a richly intoxicating blend of juniper, basil, angelica, orange, lemon and of course its key ingredient the wild Stirlingshire nettle, Stirling Gin provides a sensory experience that is like no other on the burgeoning gin scene!
Before long, as demand out stripped supply, Jinty was sadly replaced by a 450-litre copper still called Annie and the production process refined to provide perfection in a gin glass!
Stirling Gin is cut to 43% ABV, there is no maceration period as Annie is started up straight away, with nettle and basil placed in the gin basket at the top of the still, while the juniper, angelica, orange and lemon are placed directly in the pot with each botanical blending process producing a 370 bottle run.
Now just over two years since that Eureka moment Stirling Gin have gathered a string of top accolades and were finalists in three categories of this year’s inaugural Scottish Gin Society awards including the blue-ribbon premium dry gin category.
Looking forward to 2018, Stirling Gin will move home into our very own customised ‘Old Smiddy’ distillery which is situated under the same towering walls of Stirling Castle once trod by the Kings and Queens of Scotland.
You never know maybe one day soon we might even be inviting you in to join us #GraspTheNettle!