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REVIEW: Holyrood Distillery – Holyrood Dry Gin

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Holyrood Dry Gin describes itself as a juniper-led gin supported by 9 traditional botanicals. Fresh and citrusy, this is the perfect gin for a refreshing summer G&T.

As always, we’re giving away a bottle of Holyrood Dry Gin to one lucky winner. Visit our Competitions Page until the 13th March to enter.


The Holyrood Distillery is the brainchild of two Canadians (husband and wife team Rob and Kelly Carpenter) and a Scot (David Robertson, former Master Distiller for The Macallan). A shared love for Scotch Whisky and plentiful experience in the spirits industry caused these three to come together and create the Holyrood Distillery – the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh in almost 100 years.

Last year, they successfully completed a multi-million funding drive to fund the creation of a new distillery and visitor experience in the heart of Edinburgh – which they hope to open in spring of this year!


Holyrood Dry Gin contains 9 traditional gin botanicals, including:

  • Juniper
  • Liquorice
  • Fresh Citrus
  • Coriander
  • Rosehip
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Angelica Root
  • Cassia Bark
  • Orris Root


Holyrood Dry Gin is served in a clear, 50cl bottle. The bottle itself is short and stubby, with a large lip for pouring. It’s stoppered with a wooden cork, topped with the words “Flavour Matters”.

The branding has a distinct, handwritten vibe and is reminiscent of old medicine bottles. Ingredients and tasting notes are lettered in a handwritten font, while the remaining text is printed in a typewriter-style font. Finally, the Holyrood Distillery logo – an old-style copper still surrounded by gin botanicals, is emblazoned top and centre.


Our perfect serve for Hollyrood Dry Gin will bring out it’s fresh citrus notes. In a highball glass, combine:

  • 50ml Holyrood Dry Gin
  • 150ml Premium Tonic (we had London Essence Co. Classic Tonic)
  • Handful of ice
  • Lemon wedge


In terms of aroma, this gin has all of the characteristics of a classical London Dry. Strong notes of piney juniper take the lead, followed by a good whack of sweet citrus. Underneath these robust flavours, lies hints of spice from the ginger and coriander. This results in a very refreshing and classic-smelling gin.


Sipped neat, the floral, herby notes of the Italian juniper are definitely at the forefront. Holyrood Gin has a rich, oily mouthfeel – likely due to the additions of orris root and liquorice. Furthermore, the bright citrus notes of lemon and orange peel provide a sweetness and balance to this gin, while angelica and coriander provide a subtle, underlying spiciness.


Holyrood Dry Gin makes for a lovely, refreshing gin and tonic. I can picture myself drinking this on a hot summers day, with loads of ice and a huge wedge of citrus. An addition of tonic really brings out the fresh, citrusy spice of the coriander. Hints of floral rosehip and sweet liquorice are joined by fresh citrus. Finally, juniper joins the party – resulting in a wonderfully balanced gin with loads of flavour.


Holyrood Dry Gin is a really tasty, classic London Dry Gin. Fruity and refreshing, this gin is perfect for the summer months and is an excellent example of why gins don’t necessarily need a load of fancy botanicals to taste great.

You can pick up a bottle of Holyrood Dry Gin on the Holyrood Distillery website for £25.

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