Review of First edition of Ben Lomond Gin Explorer Series

ben lomond gin schiehallion review

Ben Lomond Gin Unveils Limited Edition Gin to Protect and Restore the UK’s Wild Places

Ben Lomond Gin has unveiled a limited-edition gin as the first release in its Explorer Series and we were gifted a bottle to try out.

The Explorer Series is set to be a collection of versatile gins that will be distilled using a unique selection of foraged botanicals found in some of the UK’s best wild places, protected by leading conservation charity the John Muir Trust.

The Schiehallion is the first limited-edition gin in the Explorer Series, with each expression taking inspiration from some of UK’s best wild places.

The Schiehallion has a sweetness from blaeberries and birch leaves combined with aromatic notes of wild thyme. There 1s subtle undertones of berries and herbal spices, and the result is a superbly versatile gin that offers a unique combination of sweet, spicy, crisp and floral. Extremely easy to drink on its own, and refreshing when mixed with tonic.  We enjoyed it with some elderflower tonic water continuing that botanic theme.

ben lomond gin schiehallion review

Tom Corke, John Muir Trust East Schiehallion Manager, said: “Five thousand years ago, as much as 60 per cent of the UK was covered with trees but centuries of loss caused by human and animal impact, the spread of invasive species, and climate change means that today, native woodland covers just four per cent of the country.

“Woodlands play an essential role in providing clean air, carbon storage and soil retention, as well as providing important habits for many threatened species. As such, our Wild Woods Appeal is putting a spotlight on native restoration, starting with planting 50,000 trees on Skye and Knoydart. This will include Scots pine, birch and rowan – an essential botanical of Ben Lomond Gin.

“Ben Lomond Gin’s support will help plant, protect and expand these essential ecosystems across the wild places in our care. This partnership will provide valuable funds for the Trust’s work, while raising awareness of this vital cause.”

Each edition of the Explorer Series will be limited to just 1,000 bottles making it one of the rarest collections of gin released by Ben Lomond Gin.  This limited-edition gin giftset comes beautifully packaged in the new Explorer Series branding and includes two Ben Lomond Gin glasses, the perfect size for a gin and tonic or a cocktail, making it the ideal gift for gin lovers this Christmas.

For more information about Ben Lomond Gin, and to purchase The Schiehallion, please visit:

ben lomond gin schiehallion review




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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