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Scotland’s rugby stars create ‘scrummy’ new gin

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Scotland team swap scrums for stills as custom-made Eden Mill gin is launched

Scotland’s national rugby team have tackled the world of gin, creating a new rugby-inspired expression with help from the experts at Eden Mill – the Official Gin of Scottish Rugby.

Scottish Rugby Milk Thistle Gin (£32.50/50cl) has been crafted by stars of the Scotland team Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and Fraser Brown, and features unique flavours of cotton thistle and milk thistle, reflecting the Scottish Rugby logo, alongside juniper, black cardamom and spicy floral notes.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Eden Mill, said: “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic first year of our partnership with Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, so we thought it befitting to create something to reflect and celebrate as we move into the next year.

“Our recently launched gin blending experience, Blendworks, was the ideal place to get the Scotland team involved right from the beginning. Botanically speaking, black cardamom was a unanimous favourite during the boys’ Blendworks session, so of course we had to work this in to the final recipe.

“Although at first Scottish Rugby and Eden Mill Scottish gin may seem an unlikely unity – there are vast parallels to be drawn between them. Dedication, skill, expertise and home-grown ingredients are all required to be at the top of your game.”

Toni Blackhurst, Scottish Rugby’s head of marketing & sponsorship, said: “Eden Mill are a fantastic partner and we’re delighted to be collaborating with them on the creation of the Scottish Rugby Milk Thistle Gin, as a celebration of our second year in partnership.

“We are always looking at innovative ways to activate with our partners and as we continue to attract larger audiences than ever before, this new gin is bound to be a real hit with our fans.”

Paul Miller added: “We know that Scottish Rugby fans also happen to be massive Scottish gin fans, with 50,000 Eden Mill gin and tonics expected to be served at Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby home games over the course of the season.

“Now fans will be able to celebrate by buying a bottle of their favourite tipple created by their favourite players!”

Scottish Rugby Milk Thistle Gin is available now via Edenmill.com/scottishrugbygin, the distillery’s onsite shop and at the Eden Mill Christmas pop up shops located at Edinburgh’s Christmas, Princes Square Shopping Centre in Glasgow, Dundee City Square and Aberdeen Union Square from late November.

The gin will be available in bespoke bottles with an artistic impression of the Scottish Rugby logo and Scottish Rugby tartan topper.

For the perfect serve, top with a light tonic and garnish with lemon peel.