The Start

Hamish, a wine merchant, began to pursue his lifelong passion for plants by gaining a Herbology Diploma.

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Hamish, a wine merchant, began to pursue his lifelong passion for plants by gaining a Herbology Diploma. Alongside Liberty’s passion for all things vintage the overgrown lowlands became an award-winning herb nursery, local arts centre, shop and café.

The Secret Herb Garden has over 600 naturally grown and tendered varieties of herbs that have been used in the production of many wonderful natural products: candles, beer, wine, and herbal salts among them. As well as providing top Edinburgh restaurants with unique natural ingredients.

With over 30 year’s experience in the drinks trade and a passion for creating unique tipples from glorious natural ingredients, Hamish began experimenting.

Beginning with Apothecary Rose, an ancient ingredient in tinctures and tonics, he discovered a natural reaction that can only be explained by the magic of nature: a natural colour change, the magical beginning of Secret Garden Gin.

Over time Hamish developed many more concoctions of fine gin and hand-grown herbs, then took to exploring a barn full of curious things.

Among the odds and sods, and the bits and bobs, Old Curiosity Distillery was founded in 2017. 

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Growing

At the secret herb garden, we grow over 600 different varieties of herbs, naturally and completely chemical free.

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Harvesting

All of our botanicals are hand-harvested by a member of our garden team. At the hieght of the season we employ someone full time to harvest and destem all of the herbs we use in the gin, assuring nothing goes to waste.

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Drying

We have our own bespoke drying room which is the perfect condition to dry all our botanicals whilst ensuring they don’t lose any of their healing properties or their vibrant colours.

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Distillation

We have a three-stage distillation process, something you can learn more about in our tours.

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Bottling

At the old curiosity distillery, we have no other machinery apart from our stills, so the bottling and labelling is done solely by hand.

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DISCOVER OUR GINS

At the secret herb garden we grow, pick, dry and infuse all of our glorious botanicals

Discover our gins

THE OLD CURIOSITY GIN CLUB

At the secret herb garden we grow, pick, dry and infuse all of our glorious botanicals

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GIN GARDEN AND DISTILLERY TOURS

Everything happens on site and will be showcased during our new gin garden and distillery tour.

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