Edinburgh-based Port of Leith Distillery has launched a gin and sherry ahead of the construction of its £11 million distillery next year.
The two new spirits sett out to celebrate the maritime and distilling heritage of Edinburgh’s historic Leith district.
Lind & Lime Gin has been distilled with seven botanicals, combining flavours of lime and pink peppercorn. It is named after Edinburgh’s James Lind, a hero of the Scottish Enlightenment who recommended limes to sailors suffering from scurvy.
Port of Leith Distillery’s Sherry is a “refreshing” style of Oloroso, with zingy citrus notes, dried fruit, and nutty flavours.
The company’s sherry, gin and whisky development is currently housed at Tower Street Stillhouse, near the site of the future distillery.
Childhood friends Paddy Fletcher and Ian Stirling have recently secured planning permission to build the new distillery, with construction due to begin in spring 2019.
Thought to be Scotland’s “first vertical distillery”, Port of Leith is expected to be up and running by 2020. The project will mark the first purpose-built malt whisky distillery in Edinburgh in more than 100 years.
Ian said: “This is the start of a stand-out development in the Scottish drinks scene. Bringing distilling back to the Port of Leith is something that’s exciting, not just for us but for so many people across the industry.
“We’ve had exceptional feedback from distillers, mixologists and retail partners and are delighted to be able to present a spirit that stands out in terms of taste, design and heritage.”
Paddy added: “We know that whisky fans love sherry cask whiskies and this sherry will play an important role in defining the character of Port of Leith Distilllery’s whisky. This is something that should be savoured and enjoyed while we wait for the whisky to mature.”