A trio of bar professionals have distilled gin in Aberdeen for the first time in over 100 years.
Although the Granite City used to be home to numerous distilleries and breweries, the team’s spirit is the first to be distilled in Aberdeen in a century.
Discovering the perfect tonic to the city's juniper spirit drought, Ben Iravani, Josh Rennie and Alex Laurence have been developing hundreds of small-scale distillations over the past few years in order to perfect their Porter’s Gin, which is full of citrus notes.
The team have even obtained a special rectifiers licence to part-distil the gin within cocktail bar Orchid before the spirit is completed at G&J, the world’s oldest gin distillery in Warrington.
Named after Professor Andrew Porter from the University of Aberdeen, the academic helped the team by sourcing cold-distillation equipment to extract light and refreshing flavours from their chosen botanicals.
Using modern cold-distillation techniques which allow the team to control the notes in the spirit, it is hoped Porter’s will be able to compete within the UK’s thriving spirit scene, with 70% of all gins now distilled in Scotland.
Ben said: "Gin is enjoying an incredible renaissance worldwide and is now the drink of choice for many. This is down to a number of reasons, including the role of gin in the rise of classic cocktail culture.
"The gin market has almost become saturated over the past few years, but the good brands are finding their way to the top. We are confident that we have created a unique and delicious flavour profile in our gin which will work in both classic cocktails and also stand out in the traditional G&T."
Alex added: "It is incredibly exciting to be a part of the gin movement and to have researched, created and now produced a flavoursome, top-end product.
"People are now more aware of the provenance of drinks and supporting locally made products. This is something we kept firmly in mind while creating Porter’s Gin, which we are delighted to now be bringing to the market."
The team now plan to shake up Aberdeen’s gin consumption by serving Porter’s Gin in Ninety-Nine Bar and Orchid, both owned by Ben, before officially launching in London this autumn.