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Label, bottle and recipe of Lind & Lime Gin takes the maritime and citrus influence from a local historical figure and from the Leith’s shores.

By on March 18th, 2019

Lind & Lime Gin – forged entirely from talent, heritage and industry of Edinburgh and its historic distilling district of Leith – is the very first spirit produced by The Port of Leith Distillery Co.

Their watchword is ‘balance’, and they ensure that in each recipe the botanicals are working in delicate harmony. The marriage between lime and gin was consummated most famously with the birth of the Gimlet, a classic cocktail that first emerged in the early 20th century. However, having established the distillery in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith, the true inspiration to distill this gin with lime came from much further back in time.

Born in Edinburgh in 1716, James Lind is a relatively unsung hero of the Scottish Enlightenment. He joined the Royal Navy in 1738 as a Surgeons and it was on a vessel that he conducted what is recognized today as one of the first clinical trials ever recorded, which played a significant part in the story of the prevention of scurvy. The ‘most sudden and visible good effects’ were shown by the sailors eating citrus fruits. By the end of the 18th century, the Royal Navy was provisioning its ships with citrus fruit, leading to a remarkable health improvement among the sailors. Lime juice was normally preserved with rum so that it could last for the duration of a voyage.

The bottle is also conceived as a tribute to the Leith glassworks. A strong and elegant, long-necked bottle of Lind & Lime Gin pays homage with its unique shape and embossed depiction to The Port of Leith Distillery stamped firmly at its base. In the 18th and 19th centuries, whisky merchants gradually began to dominate the shore as Leith became Scotland’s national hub for the maturation and export of the country’s national spirit. Wines and spirits were shipped in barrels and would be bottled upon arriving into the harbor. This trade required large quantities of glass bottles and along the shore were constructed seven cones – housing furnaces –, which could be seen rising above sea-level. It was this remarkable local industrial heritage that inspired the producers to choose a wine bottle shape for their very first gin.

The label used on this bespoke bottle silhouette helps the gin to stand out. Produced by Arconvert, the self-adhesive paper Acquerello Bianco is a pure ECF pulp paper, felt-marked on both sides with the Ultra WS treatment. The design project of the label is very simple: a bold linear typeface that bounces light like breaking waves running down the bottle. The finishing touch of the neck label over the stopper, stamped with the Port of Leith Distillery logo and an epitaph to Dr. Lind: where it all began, as a natural remedy that is now respected as a perfect storm in a gin & tonic.