Imbued with the rich botanicals of Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen is home to many fantastic gin distilleries for those who can’t avoid the floral flavours and sharp bite. And as Scotland’s third most populous city, Aberdeen is home to superb attractions you can try out and see – including many gin-tasting experiences.
If you’re looking for a botanical and flavourful gin while visiting Aberdeen, read our top picks for the most popular gin distilleries near Aberdeen!
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City of Aberdeen Distillery
The most famous of the distilleries in and around Aberdeen is, no doubt, the City of Aberdeen Distillery. Found overlooking the River Dee on Palmerston Road. The City of Gin Distillery offers a gin school masterclass for those who want to distil their Scottish gin.
Otherwise, you can book the distillery’s discovery tour, which takes you through the distillery and all the intricate processes that go into creating the spirits and liqueurs. And don’t worry; there are plenty of gins for you to try along the way! If you want to enjoy the full flavour palette of the City of Aberdeen Distillery, you will be satisfied with the gin-tasting masterclass or gin-school experience here.
The Tippling House
Admittedly, the Tippling House isn’t a distillery in the city but a bar and restaurant that offers a unique gin experience to visitors who want to savour Aberdeen’s finest gin with an atmosphere to boot! The Tippling House is close to Aberdeen staples like the Aberdeen Art Gallery and His Majesty’s Theatre, making it the perfect place to wind down with one or two friends after taking in the city’s attractions.
Enjoy one of the best cultural hot spots for Aberdeen gin tasting at the Tippling House.
House of Elrick Gin
Aberdeenshire is a stunning place in Scotland to visit, and several excellent Aberdeenshire distilleries are dotted throughout the region. The House of Elrick Gin is a distillery nestled in a beautiful estate with a rich artisanal gin-making history.
You can immerse yourself in the decades of experience that House of Elrick Gin has to offer by taking a distillery tour, where you can meet the man behind the distillery (if he’s available, of course) as well as the head distiller and the tools that go into distilling each bottle of London dry House of Elrick Gin. Wrap up the tour by sampling three of the distillery’s premium gins, and we bet you’ll be back for more!
Blackford Craft Distillery
Another beautiful distillery in rural Aberdeenshire, Blackford Craft Distillery, has bottled Crooked Mary gin for years. The Crooked Mary is an infamous smuggling ship from the 18th century, and this legendary tale has inspired Blackford Craft Distillery’s Crooked Mary Gin! You can try their delicious Pictish Gin in a curated gin-tasting experience unlike any other!
The Crooked Mary line has been distilled with flagrant and potent botanicals, including Scottish wild berries, oats, and pink peppercorns.
A hidden gem in Ellon, Ellon Spirits is a flavourful gin and tonic Aberdeen gin distillery packed with a fruity punch. You can try everything from the classic London dry gin to their orange gin, and Ellon Spirits is one of those gin brands you’ll find all over Scotland.
In addition to delicious gin, you can discover the extensive range of Ellon Spirits liqueur and take one of two home with you!
The House of Botanicals
Just up the road from the City of Aberdeen Distillery, you can find the oldest Aberdeen distillery, home to the world’s highest-rated Old Tom Gin! From the classic to variants of the Old Tim Gin, including Maple Old Tom, Raspberry Old Tom, and ABZ Dry Gin – out of all the distilleries in Aberdeen, The House of Botanicals should be on the top of your list.
We recommend you stop by the House of Botanicals and pop by the City of Aberdeen Distillery afterwards.
Other Gin Distilleries in Scotland
- Edinburgh Gin Distilleries
- Glasgow Gin Distilleries
- Highland Gin Distilleries
- Isle of Islay Gin Distilleries
- Isle of Orkney Gin Distilleries
- Perthshire Gin Distilleries
- Shetland Gin Distilleries