Nestled in the heart of Glasgow, beneath the hustle and bustle of city life, lies a hidden gem that is reshaping the world of spirits: the Illicit Gin Distillery. Established in 2017 by the visionary distiller, Darran Edmond, Illicit Gin is more than just a distillery—it's a testament to the city's rich industrial heritage and its burgeoning craft spirits scene.
The story of Illicit Gin begins in a place brimming with clandestine history. The distillery, situated in a repurposed railway arch that once pulsed with the beats of illegal raves, is as much a part of Glasgow's storied past as it is a beacon for its future. In this unassuming location, Illicit Gin pays homage to the era of illicit distilleries and speakeasies, bringing to life the spirit of rebellion and innovation that defines Glasgow.
At the core of Illicit's charm is its devotion to traditional distillation methods. The use of a direct-fired copper pot still, a rare sight in modern distilling, embodies a hands-on approach that is felt in every bottle of gin produced.
Illicit Gin Distillery boasts a range of gins, each with its own unique character. The flagship product, the London Dry Gin, is a classic, juniper-led concoction, with subtle hints of spice and citrus, perfect for a refined palate. The New Tom Gin, a contemporary twist on the Old Tom style, introduces an enchanting blend of pink peppercorns, tonka beans, and Scottish blossom honey, offering a sweet and floral experience. Perhaps the most intriguing of all is the Blacklist Smoked Gin, a bold creation that marries the traditional peat smoke of whisky production with the crispness of gin, resulting in a fusion of citrus, juniper, spice, and smoke.
Illicit's impact extends beyond the confines of its railway arch. As an urban craft distillery, it not only contributes to Glasgow's craft spirits revolution but also resonates with the city's DIY ethos. The distillery has become a symbol of local craftsmanship, blending Glasgow's industrial spirit with the finesse of modern distillation.
The future looks bright for Illicit Gin Distillery. With plans for new craft spirit projects and collaborations, the distillery is set to continue its journey of innovation and experimentation. In a world where the old often meets the new, Illicit stands out as a beacon of creativity and quality.
Illicit Gin Distillery is more than just a place; it's a journey through Glasgow's history, culture, and future. We invite you to experience the essence of this hidden gem. Buy Illicit London Dry Gin here.