It’s the time of year when I start dreaming about vacations. And I think I’ve found the place I want to go on our next big trip.
Have you heard about Scotland’s gin trail? Apparently, gin is a growing industry in Scotland. The number of brands have more than doubled since 2010. And many of the new brands and focusing on using locally-sourced ingredients and natural botanicals.
When M and I went to the UK last summer, we met up with my family for a few days and toured a distillery together. Not only did we learn about Scotch whisky, but we also learned and sampled local gins. Our guide pointed out that a society often develops beverages based on the ingredients readily available to them. Thus, we see gin, whisky and beer developing in the United Kingdom, wine in France, rum in the Caribbean, vodka in Russia, and so on.
Because of the tour, I was inspired to rediscover my love for gin and tonics during our trip. Since returning home, it’s been fun to sample different varieties and refine my tastes.
Suffice it say, as someone who loves Scotland and local beverages (but who isn’t a huge fan of Scotch), I am thrilled about this fun tour option. I know we’ll be hanging close to home this summer for vacation, but next summer perhaps?!
Photo Credit: David Maurer (my dad!).