Cocktails with… Edinburgh Christmas Gin

The production of seasonal editions of spirits has seen a growing trend in 2015, with more and more distilleries creating them, although the first appeared a few years back. Edinburgh Gin kicked off their seasonal range with a Christmas Gin in 2014 – this is a spicy gin with frankincense and myrrh as botanicals.


Following its success, Edinburgh Gin have released a new edition in new, funky, festive packaging for 2015. A little late to the party, but here are my tasting notes for the 2014 edition.

On its own
Nose: Spiced notes and raisin, combined with fresh, crisp, green notes.
Taste: Almond, chocolate, and spice upfront, reminding me of Christmas confectionery. This develops into notes of anise and leafy fennel, which add freshness. Finally, there are some citrus and coriander flavours, before a dry and crisp juniper finish that lingers.

Gin & Tonic
Rich raisin and lots of delicious spice, as well as a hint of caramelised sugar and dark chocolate. Despite all of these rich flavours, it maintains its freshness.

This is a cocktail that’s packed full of dried fruit and spice. It’s dry, but with a good level of sweetness, too – almost like a “perfect” (mix of sweet and dry vermouth) Martini.

Very spicy and rather soft, with hints of cream and vanilla, as well as cinnamon, cassia, nutmeg, and (thankfully only a touch of) clove. This cocktail provides a more gentle approach to the gin; a good way to get the family to try it over the Christmas period.

In Conclusion
This does exactly what you’d expect; it is festive and spicy, without going overboard. My favourite drink of those that I tried was the Negroni – a wonderful seasonal cocktail.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

2 thoughts on “Cocktails with… Edinburgh Christmas Gin

  1. David,
    A merry christmas to you and Mrs B. Have you tried the Christmas Pudding Gin from Sacred? Plus, I think they originally produced this for Christmas 2013 with a limited run of 1200 bottles but I may be wrong on this!
    Regards, David.

    • Hey David, many thanks for your suppor throughout the year. Merry Christmas to you and the family.
      Sacred Christmas Pudding Gin is actually my favourite of all gins ever. :)

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