2020 has been a strange year for all of us in the drinks industry. With the country being put in and out of a series of lockdowns, businesses are having to adapt to and overcome these restrictions. During these unprecedented times – Stirling Distillery, in the heart of Scotland have been busy with a project that has been in the works for just under a year now. This November, they announced the launch of their very own pink gin, which we they’re calling ‘The Pink Lady’. With Pink gin being the drink of the moment in the ever-evolving Gin industry, Stirling Gin are the latest Distillery to get on board with this, putting their own unique twist on it. Inspired by the owner’s daughter Elle McCann and with artwork from Estelle Redding, this wonderful addition now takes the distilleries Folklore collection up to six strong.
Stirling Distillery’s folklore collecting brings with it more than just different types of Gin. With each bottle, there is a unique story to go along with it. Each of these stories are based on Scottish Folklore tales, making the Stirling gin experience somewhat personal to the Scottish heritage of where the distillery is located. In-keeping with the Folklore collection tradition, the Pink Lady gin comes with a story of its own. A noble and beautiful woman who was betrothed to a brave Scots knight who defended Stirling castle against the English siege of 1304. That night, her true love died during the battle. She died shortly after, heartbroken at the thought of never seeing her true love again. Her lonely spirit is said to be wandering the Castle and the Kirk Tower in the dead of night in her elegant and distinct pink robes.
The Pink Lady is Distilled using the main still at the distillery which is named ‘Flora’ after Co-owner June’s mother. The Pink Lady is a refreshing and crisp gin with 12 delicious botanicals including rose petals, pink peppercorn and pink grapefruit. It is fragranced with juniper and spices as well as floral and pepper to leave your taste buds craving more. To maximise its delight, it is recommended that it be served over ice, with a slice of pink grapefruit and a Fever-tree Mediterranean tonic, and if you fancy spicing things up a little, add a slice of fresh chilli to make this drinking experience even more unique.
This is an exciting new launch for the team at Stirling Distillery, who are showing that even though there may be a global pandemic – life and business must go on. While the distillery may be closed for in-person gin tours & tastings, they are still staying busy with their popular virtual gin tastings done over Zoom – this coupled with new additions to their expanding repertoire such as the release of their ‘Sons of Scotland’ Whisky collection later this month – shows that this craft distillery is not going to let Covid get in their way of progress.
The Pink Lady will be available from the distillery shop, the website.