It’s already well known as the home of golf, but St Andrews could also soon be known as the home of gin – thanks to a £150,000 investment in a new tourist experience.
Blendworks, a unique blending experience from Eden Mill distillery, is launching at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel and offers discerning gin fans the chance to craft their very own spirit – from selecting botanicals through to bottling and labelling.
Held in a specially designed spirits emporium overlooking the iconic Old Course 18th hole, each three-hour session will see guests become masters of the spirit, with so-called ‘ginnovators’ guided through the science and history behind the drink before a nosing and tasting session led by an Eden Mill expert.
The Old Course location for Blendworks has already attracted famous faces to special preview events, including sporting greats Sir Ian Botham, Fraser Brown, Jonny Gray and Stuart Hogg.
Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said:
“We’ve worked incredibly hard to create an informing, exciting and unique visitor experience – and we’re proud to have built Eden Mill into the number one tourist destination in Fife on TripAdvisor.
Enjoying gin is a very personal experience – each visitor we welcome to the distillery has a favourite serve that’s different to the next, so we wanted to design an experience reflecting the spirit of individuality.
Blendworks will provide a unique, multisensory experience where guests are immersed in the whole process, receiving step-by-step advice from our spirit experts to help them create – and name – their individual blend.
We want to use our position at the forefront of the gin renaissance to share our expertise with consumers, and hopefully inspire some new gin aficionados along the way.”
The Blendworks gin experience will run twice daily, with early and late afternoon sessions, and costs £95 per person.
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