The Eden Mill Distillery and Brewery (yep, they make beer here, too), stands on the site in St Andrews where famous Whisky-makers, the Haig family, were once based.
In 2012, Founder and Owner Paul Miller, bought the site and brought craft brewing back to the region, followed by distilling in 2014, when the company began producing Whisky and Gin. Today, the company produces five different Gins, along with three Whisky expressions and a number of Beers.
Creating all three means the distillers have the knowledge to create some more unusual styles, including its Hop Gin, produced by mixing distilling and brewing, and its Oak Gin, matured in oak-aged Beer casks.
Each batch of Gin is hand produced and distilled in copper pot stills, using the vapor infusion method, for a more gentle flavor, and often using locally sourced botanicalssuch as Sea Buckthorn (the predominant flavor in Eden Mill’s Original Gin).
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Eden Mill was the first combined brewery and distillery in Scotland.
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Eden Mill sits right at the mouth of the River Eden, about 1/2 mile away from the famous Saint Andrews Golf Course.
OK... so we do not want to cast aspersions or spread rumor and inuendo, but we just don't buy the "history story" told by Eden Mill. They belabor the aspect of their noble beginnings in 1810, but the reality is that this may be a slight marketing spin... in our humble opinion.
The "site" they sit on may have at one time been a distillery back in the day, but it has been a bunch of other things since then. It was also vacant for a long time. But they say they have "resurrected" the "tradition" and so on and so forth.
They are a solid maker of a variety of distilled Spirits. Currently, the company produces five different Gins, along with three Whisky expressions and a number of Beers. They have three well-worn low-neck pot stills.
Their Whisky is still very young, a mixture of mixed barley malt grain, in the style of a Beer brewer. They also offer "private" caskings that are a bit older.
Creating all three styles means these distillers have the knowledge to create some more unusual styles, including its Hop Gin, produced by mixing distilling and brewing, and its Oak Gin, matured in oak-aged Beer casks.
Each batch of Gin is hand produced and distilled in copper pot stills, using the vapor infusion method, for a more gentle flavor, and often using locally sourced botanicals such asSea Buckthorn.
OwnerEden Street Saint Andrews Brewers ltd.
No. of stills3
AddressEden Mill Distillery, Main Street, Guardbridge, St Andrews, Fife KY16 0UU United Kingdom
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My name is Jamie Craig-Gentles, and I'm the Sales and PR Manager at Eden Mills St. Andrews, and my job is to sell as much Beer, Whisky, and Gin as possible, get them on the shelves and also work with local businesses in order to get in bars based on [inaudible 00:00:17] St. Andrews, Fife and the rest of Scotland. Today, we're at the Fairmont, St. Andrews. Since the day that we began, we've actually collaborated with them in making a beer called the Kilted Kittocks, which has been designed especially for the Fairmont at St. Andrews and is sold throughout the hotel and all the various restaurants, and the Kittocks bar itself.
The design of the label was actually done by the Fairmont Staff themselves. The [inaudible 00:00:44] put a picture of the Kittocks Golf course which is part of the Fairmont, and shows St. Andrews in the back end as far as the distillery, and so you can actually see it on the [inaudible 00:00:54] itself. It's really important for us to have good working relationships with the businesses throughout St. Andrews, and we try to get staff to come down and to get an experience themselves so that they can see exactly what we do day to day, see the passion that goes into every single cask of Whisky that's made, or bottle of gin that's produced, or bottle of beer that's produced. So, it's important for them to see that so that they can take that back to the customers.
We like to be as sustainable as possible at Eden Mill, so we source all of our barley locally, from local farmers, and then when it's used the spent greens go back to feed the farm animals. We're also hoping to start growing our own hops which is quite important to us, as well as all the local botanics for the gin which are grown locally on site.
With the oakage [SP] bottles, we've done various things with them. We've made flights which we use on our brewery tours, and we've also turned them into furniture, turned them into stools. And we've also made some clocks as well, which we've used in the brewery, and those are all made from our oakage casks. When it comes to Eden Mill, the customer is always right. We try and work with very small businesses right through to bigger businesses, so everybody is important to us. We don't just depend on one type or style of business. We actually work hard with every single person that walks through our door.