Distillery embarks on global voyage with Britannia

Distillery embarks on global voyage with Britannia

Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh’s first exclusive gin distillery in over 150 years, has partnered with The Royal Yacht Britannia to create Britannia Gin- an exclusive gin especially for the ship.

Britannia Gin is a unique balance of 16 Botanicals, inspired by ports visited by The Queen’s former floating palace during her 44 years at sea. 

Marcus Pickering, co-founder of Summerhall Distillery, said: “We’re thrilled about our partnership with Britannia. It’s an iconic visitor’s attraction that draws people from all over the world to Edinburgh”.

Fellow co-founder, Matt Gammell, said: “To have a product of our distillery served on board the queen’s former floating palace is truly an honour."

Britannia Gin is the latest in a string of exciting partnerships for Summerhall Distillery, adding to the existing accolades of Official Gin of the Royal Military Tattoo and a Fringe Partner.

The gin takes familiar Scottish botanicals of juniper; heather and bog myrtle as her Scottish link and marries them with a selection of botanicals from around the globe.

From the citrus notes representing the Caribbean and Greek inspired orris root; lotus root inspired by China and finally, rose petals to celebrate her 1977 UK tour for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

A million nautical miles in a glass, the team responsible for the internationally award-winning Pickering’s Gin has balanced these botanicals to create a citrus-led, sweet and slightly spicy gin.

The gin is to be sold in the Britannia’s gift shop, online, and poured at events on the Yacht.

Britannia Gin now sits pride of place in the Sun Lounge, reportedly Her Majesty’s favourite on the ship. Matt Gammell, co-founder added: “to have a product of our distillery served on board the queen’s former floating palace is truly an honour”.

Britannia Gin is available now in 70cl and 5cl sizes for £35.99 and £5.99 respectively, from Britannia’s Gift Shop on the second floor of Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Leith. It’s also available through the Britannia website. 

A limited number of bottles will also be available directly from Summerhall Distillery.


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