I was very kindly sent a bottle of Fidra Gin to review. After following their progress online for some time I was delighted to have the opportunity to test it out and also speak to the creators Jo and Emma.
Fidra Gin is made in small batches using 6 botanicals. The sea buckthorn and rosehip they forage themselves. The lemon thyme is grown locally at Archerfield Walled Garden and they are hoping to get their thyme from there shortly. They are continuing their search for Scottish juniper and hope to use locally foraged elderflower soon too.
Fidra is a small ialand off the Lothian coast that inspired the creators with the tales of smuggling and treasure. The artwork on the bottle is beautiful and the bottle itself was a real draw for me. Slim and elegant with beautiful lettering and that map!
With provenance being so important it may surprise you to know that they don’t actually own their own distillery. They do something known in the industry as contract distilling. This is where they take their ingredients and use the expertise as well as equipment at another distillery to produce their gin for them. This is a whole lot more common than you may think but what is realy unusual is the fact that Fidra don’t hide it.
1. Can you tell me a bit about the women behind the gin? How did you get into the industry? Why gin? Past experience? Are you the only owners?