Speyside is best known for whisky but in the Moray and Speyside there are a number of popular gin distilleries. Some of them are open to the public for gin tours and tastings. The main constituent of gin by law is juniper and if you spend some time walking in the southern Speyside look out for juniper bushes. Many of the gins use local and Scottish botanicals which include hawthorn, rowan and bramble (blackberry).
Red Door Gin
The only place on Speyside where you can do a whisky tour or a gin tour. The Red Door Gin is named after the door of the old malt barn. A new gin from a company with a long whisky heritage. Red Door Gin is produced in Benromach Distillery in Forres.
Caorrun Gin Tour
Carounnn is gaelic for Rowan representing one of the key botanicals in its gin. Carroun in the village of Cromdale in south speyside. Discover the gin making process followed by an exploration of the botanicals that are infused into the gin including locally foraged heather and bog myrtle.
Glen Rinnes Distillery
Rooted in an organic farm, the location was chosen due to its proximity to a spring on the estate at the foot of Ben Rinnes. They produce white spirits – gin and vodka. Named Eight Lands after the view from Ben Rinnes which takes in eight counties.
The distillery was established in 2016 in Moray’s capital city of Elgin. They specialise in producing small batch, hand crafted spirits including Avva gin. Avva gin uses a number of locally foraged botanicals including rowan, red clover, mint, dandelion and nettle.