The juniper notes give Makar a bright, robust and aromatic perfumed nose with citrus notes and hints of herbaceous rosemary.
Founded in 2014 and named for for one of Glasgow’s original distilleries, Glasgow Distillery Company has a long and fruitful history of making world class spirits with love and dedication to quality. Each of their ranges is handcrafted using only the best distilling equipment (a gorgeous still named Annie) and the finest ingredients. They are thrilled to be able to present the first and only gin brand to be produced in metropolitan Glasgow.
Makar delivers a well-balanced juniper-led flavour sensation and a full rounded mouthfeel. A smooth, long finish with a hint of the rosemary and spicy black pepper.
If all the Gin's were to have a party, Makar Gin would be the type of Gin that would storm into the room, be loud and laughing and would charm all within minutes, even those tutting about etiquette would be converted.
I say this because this is the least subtle savoury Gin in as much as Gordon's juniper is highly pronounced, so is Makar's but it's what happens after that which is intriguing.
It's the Rosemary that provides the backup and takes you far away from memories of your Nan and off to standing on the edge of a Loch with a bracing wind & warming sunshine on your face.
I recently tried Makar for the first time at a Flavourly tasting event at Harry's Bar in Edinburgh, and was most impressed. I like very dry, juniper - heavy gins, and this one certainly had a strong hit of juniper, without being unsubtle. Maybe not for fans of Caorunn and similar sweeter styles, but for a Berry Bros & Rudd No 3 devotee like me, this is just the gin to go with Fever-Tree tonic. And it's Scottish (made in Glasgow).