The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)

A couple of blocks away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh offers diners immaculately crafted modern Scottish fare and a huge selection of single malt in a grand four storey Georgian building that imbues old world charm.     Continue reading “The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh (Scotch Malt Whisky Society)”

Edinburgh Gin Distillery

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Edinburgh Gin Distillery

Gin’s dark history

Whilst each spirit category has an interesting history, the history of gin is probably the darkest and most morbid. Gin, with its core ingredients being juniper and alcohol, can trace its roots back to the Dutch drink genever. The story goes that English soldiers stationed in continental Europe during the 80 Years War liked the juniper flavoured Dutch alcoholic elixir so much that they brought it back to England and they anglicised its name to “gin”. In the late 1600’s William III imposed tariffs and reduced taxes on local spirit production, resulting in a strange situation where pints of gin were cheaper than pints of ale and beer. And so started one of the craziest booze fueled stages in history, aptly called the “gin craze”.  Continue reading “Edinburgh Gin Distillery”