Speyside is best known for whisky but in the Moray and Speyside area 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. If you spend some time walking in southern speyside look out for juniper bushes growing in the wild. 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 or both! 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.
Caorunn Gin Tour
Caorunn is gaelic for rowan representing one of the key botanicals in its gin. Caorunn 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, the highest mountain in Moray Speyside. 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.
Speyside is famous for its single malt whisky and has many distilleries some of which you can visit. Many of the Speyside whisky distilleries offer whisky tours and tastings. These range from standard tours to more in depth experiences.