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A ginuine treat!

Press release   •   Aug 15, 2017 11:29 BST

With a signature song called ‘I’ve drunk every gin’ and a month’s visit to Scotland’s gin capital, performing in the Festival Fringe, an Australian cabaret act have become the perfect tonic for a new video promoting the country’s gin producers.

Self-confessed ‘ginthusiasts’ and the creative minds behind Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood have teamed up with VisitScotland to showcase Scotland’s gin to audiences around the world.

The duo, who are currently performing at the Gilded Balloon, are renowned for their love of the drink, taking audiences on a musical tour of gin’s past and present with a closing number called ‘I’ve drunk every gin.’

In celebration of their Fringe appearance , Mother’s Ruin were invited to a special tasting session in the Royal Dick Bar at Summerhall Distillery before recording a special Scottish-gin inspired verse of their famous song for an exclusive VisitScotland video.

Maeve said"We had so much fun trying a few more Scottish gins. We've been making our way around the distilleries and bars in town (it's research, of course) and we can't wait to try a few more!"

With Scotland producing 70 per cent of the UK’s gin including three of the world’s top selling brands, the country is becoming a magnet for gin enthusiasts thanks to its ever growing collection of craft brands infused with some wonderful natural botanicals.

Whilst Scotland is better-known for producing single malt whisky, many visitors don’t realise we are also pretty adept at creating really good gin and in recent years, the sector has enjoyed a notable surge in growth and interest.

There are now over 50 producers in Scotland, between them producing around 100 different gins – with almost half offering, or soon to offer, visitor experiences including tours or themed events.

Here is some ginspiration to get you into the spirit:

  • Start your gin journey with a musical history tour. Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, will be performing at the Gilded Balloon until 27 August (excluding 21August) and is a must for gin fans old and new.
  • Edinburgh is Scotland’s gin capital drinking more gin per head than any other British city. The love affair began way back in the 1700s when the first bottles of fiery Dutch Jenever were traded into the Port of Leith.
  • If you want to learn more about the mystery behind the gin-making process try a distillery tour. Dunnet Bay Distillers makers of Rock Rose Gin, Isle of Harris Distillery and Persie Distillery in Perthshire all offer tours, while Edinburgh Gin, Glasgow –based Crossbill Gin and Lilliard Gin in the Scottish Borders even has a ‘make your own’ experience.
  • There are now gin distilleries the length and breadth of the country from Shetland Reel way up in Unst in the Shetland Isles to the newly opened Crafty Distillery based in Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Putting the tee in a G&T, Eden Mill near St Andrews in Fife uses hickory wood from retired traditional golf clubs to produce its Golf Gin. Well Scotland is The Home of Golf after all!
  • If you like your gin coupled with a slice of adventure then try your hand at LockedIn the Distillery with Pickering Gin – this unique escape game challenges gin fans to solve the clues, save the distillery and most importantly save the gin!
  • Get away from the stress of daily life in your own gin paradise. Wild Thyme Spirits - Gin Lover’s Retreat on the Isle of Colonsay couples the stunning surroundings and pristine coastlines of the Inner Hebrides with a relaxing stay in beautifully appointed accommodation and an itinerary comprising of cocktail-making and special gin tastings.
  • Scotland's first sustainable eco gin can be found inBeinn An Tuirc on the Torrisdale Estate. Kintyre Gin is produced using power from the estate's hydro-electric system.

For more information about gin in Scotland visit:

To learn more about Mother’s Ruin check out:

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