Holyrood Distillery launch Height of Arrows Gin

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Holyrood Distillery launches its first gin – Height of Arrows.

Holyrood Distillery has created a brand new gin that is inspired by whisky. Height of Arrows reflects the whisky background of Holyrood Distillery, that the taste of whisky is basically led by the three main ingredients of barley, water and yeast.  Height of Arrows is a pared-down gin letting the juniper flavour take centre stage.

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Managing director of Holyrood Distillery, Nick Ravenhall, said, “In Height of Arrows, we have made a gin that is distilled from our DNA as whisky makers. In whisky making we work with simplicity.

“Barley, water and yeast. We’ve taken this same mind set to Height of Arrows and created a complex gin born from juniper alone taking centre stage.

“Our hope is that gin fans will be thrilled to explore a new direction in modern gin; one that elevates today’s gin drinking experience.”

Height Of Arrows is the literal translation of Àrd-Na-Said, the Gaelic name for Arthur’s Seat. Standing at 251m, the height the furthest distance an archer could fire a bow.

So what is the Height of Arrows experience?  On the nose, there is light pine and citrus notes, but just wait for the taste.  Juniper certainly takes the centre stage, and with the plethora of fancy flavoured gins that have appeared over the last few years, it’s good to see a new gin that is simply GIN!

Height of Arrows gin is smooth and warming with a slight citrus pith taste. We were recommended to try Height of Arrows gin with a Gibson cocktail. If you’ve seen the Queen’s Gambit then you’ll know all about this cocktail. The Height of Arrows bottle also looks classic and Art Deco-influenced, like something you’d expect to see in the Netflix TV series.

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(Post about filming locations for The Queens Gambit)

Cocktail to make with Height of Arrows gin



50ml Height of Arrows Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth
Pickled onion


Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass.
Fill to the top with ice.
Stir until icy cold.
Serve in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a pickled onion

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height of arrows gibson cocktail

Height of Arrows Gin Gibson

Course cocktail


  • 50 ml Height of Arrows Gin
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • Pickled onion


  • Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass.
  • Fill to the top with ice.
  • Stir until icy cold.
  • Serve in a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a pickled onion
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Where to buy

Height Of Arrows is currently available to buy at The Whisky Exchange and Royal Mile Whiskies and from Holyrood Distillery’s website. https://www.holyrooddistillery.co.uk/





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Disclaimer: we were provided with a complimentary bottle of the gin.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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