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We are husband and wife team, Steven and Lynne Duthie. Together, we founded Royal Deeside’s first gin distillery - Esker Spirits.

 

We were primarily interested in the distillation process - how do flavours work to complement each other?  What makes a good gin, what makes a great one? In making our own spirits, our concept was simple: we want to create classic spirits with enhanced flavours that are complemented by mixers and garnish, not defined by them.

 
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Beginnings

An empty workshop at the bottom of the garden became the first Esker distillery, however this soon changed.  In late summer 2016, Esker’s popularity meant we needed to expand and the search began for new premises. In early 2017 the distillery moved to the beautiful Kincardine Estate.

Birches

There is a showstopping ingredient in all our spirits - silver birch sap.  Ours are the first Scottish gins to use the botanical and it gives a uniquely silky, luxurious texture to the spirits.  Silver birches are a feature of Royal Deeside and we tap the trees of the Kincardine Estate ourselves. We love the trees so much, they even feature in our branding.



 

Botanicals

It all comes down to taste.  Take time to savour the notes on the nose, appreciate the mouth-feel and enjoy the aftertaste.  You can taste distinctive, piney juniper in all our gins. You will feel the warmth of spice in Esker and in Esker Honey Spiced, you can taste refreshing citrus in Esker and in Silverglas.  Above all, we hope you love them as much as we do.


Brand

As a brand, we are clear that we would like to focus on doing one thing well - and for us, that is gin.  We started with Esker, our original London Dry gin. When we saw how well it was received, we launched Esker Honey Spiced, and then Silverglas.  We are always researching new expressions to grow our Esker family.