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One Square Gin Launches in the Heart of Scotland
One Square Gin Launches in the Heart of Scotland


Taking its gin offering to new levels, One Square has partnered with innovative Pickering's Gin to produce its own-recipe gin in neighbouring micro-distillery 

March 4, 2015, Edinburgh: One Square, the vibrant restaurant and bar on Edinburgh's Festival Square, has launched its own brand of small batch premium gin in collaboration with Pickering's Gin at Summerhall Distillery, Edinburgh's first gin distillery in over 150 years. 

One Square Gin is based on a unique recipe that has been exclusively created by One Square's team of gin experts, known as the Gin Concierge, working hand-in-hand with Matthew Gammell and Marcus Pickering, founders of Pickering's Gin at Summerhall Distillery. Demonstrating true passion for their craft, the joint team perfected the recipe to create a small batch London dry gin that contains 15 carefully-considered botanicals including juniper, bog myrtle, pink grapefruit and Scottish heather. Mediterranean liquorice and orris root were added to produce a heady kick, while notes of lemon, lime and anise were combined to create a citrusy, easy-drinking gin. The gin has been distilled by hand and packaged in a stunning square bottle by Pickering's Gin at Summerhall Distillery, situated just over one mile from One Square.

In celebration of the launch and the city of Edinburgh's gin heritage, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has created an exclusive Gin Package (from £230 per night based on two sharing) which showcases the hotspots in Scotland's gin capital. This special experience features accommodation in a classic bedroom including full Scottish breakfast, a gin amenity on arrival, a guided tour of Summerhall Distillery where the One Square Gin is distilled, and the chance to gain some inside knowledge with a member of the Gin Concierge over a One Square Gin Cocktail in the bar. The Gin Concierge has also created an all-new gin discovery map which highlights some of Edinburgh's must-visit bars, shops and venues for gin-enthusiasts. For those wishing to continue their gin immersion at home, One Square Gin is also available to purchase by the bottle in the bar (£49.95 for a 70cl bottle, 40% volume).

One Square, which launched three years ago, was one of the original bars in Edinburgh to develop its team with an expert knowledge of gin, ahead of the city's gin renaissance. The bar offers more than 60 premium varieties of gin and hosts tutored tastings, with its coveted weekend and evening spots in high demand. Tristan Nesbitt, General Manager of the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa said: "The One Square Concierge team boasts an exceptional knowledge of gin so the creation of our own One Square Gin seemed the natural next step. We are very excited about introducing this special new gin experience to our regular guests and local customers who share the bar team's passion for gin." 

The Gin Concierge has captured the essence of One Square Gin with its Perfect Serve (£10.50) which is served over ice in a frozen balloon glass with delicious Fever Tree tonic and garnished with pink grapefruit peel and thyme. The distinctive One Square Gin Cocktail (£9.00) highlights the Scottish heather botanical with the addition of heather syrup which is served with Galliano L'Autentico in an old fashioned glass with a square ice cube and a gold-coated lime leaf.

Marcus Pickering, who worked alongside his co-founder Matthew Gammell of Pickering's Gin and the One Square Concierge team to create and distil the gin at Summerhall Distillery, said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with One Square to create this bespoke gin and to welcome guests to the distillery to experience first-hand the distillation process. It's a truly exciting time in the gin world and the more gin brands that are around, the more offerings are available for consumers. The popularity of the product continues to increase and we are thrilled to be part of producing traditional high quality Scottish dry gin that has an amazing taste."

For more information on One Square Gin please visit www.OneSquareEdinburgh.co.uk/one-square-gin. To book the Gin Package please call 0131 229 9131 or email [email protected] 
One Square, 1 Festival Square,  Edinburgh EH3 9SR
@OneSq #GinConcierge, Facebook.com/OneSquareEdinburgh www.onesquareedinburgh.co.uk/one-square-gin
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Press contact:
Emma Offord, Communications Manager ([email protected] / 0131 221 6426)

One Square Gin - tasting notes
London Dry 40% abv
One shot "Bain Marie" method
15 botanicals: juniper, angelica roots, pink grapefruit, lime, lemon, coriander, liquorice, green anise, heather, bog myrtle, fennel, cloves, orris root, cinnamon, cardamom
Nose: clean and fresh, mellow juniper nicely followed by zesty and citrusy freshness. Hints of anise.
Palate: gentle juniper joined by pleasant sweetness, with zesty aroma and intriguing spiciness. 
Finish: Dry, warm and aromatic.

Perfect Serve recipe for a fabulous G&T: 50ml One Square Gin, pink grapefruit peel and thyme sprig served in a frozen balloon glass. Serve with Fever Tree tonic. 

One Square Gin Cocktail recipe: 50ml One Square Gin, 25ml pink grapefruit juice, 10ml heather syrup, 15ml Galliano L'Autentico and muddled fennel seeds. Serve in an old fashioned glass with a square ice cube and a gold-coated lime leaf. 

About One Square Bar
One Square is a vibrant bar and restaurant located in the heart of Edinburgh, overlooking Festival Square and Edinburgh Castle.  Within the bar, One Square has built up an impressive collection of premium gins, with over 60 on the current menu - and growing. The gin tastings are priced from £25 per head (for three premium gins) ensuring a wonderful introduction for novices, as well as inspiring connoisseurs with some exciting new varieties. The One Square Terrace is located just off the bar and is a stylish outdoor setting for light bites, barbeques and summer cocktails. One Square restaurant serves a delicious range of high-quality, seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Craig Hart. Dining at the Pass, which takes place in the heart of the One Square kitchen, is a premium dining experience for foodies, while the Private Dining Room, set just off the main restaurant, is a private dining space for 40 people. One Square is also known for its innovative and modern interpretation of afternoon tea, which is served daily. 
About the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa first opened in 1985 and is one of Edinburgh's most luxurious hotels. With an enviable location in Edinburgh's city centre, the hotel has dramatic views of Edinburgh castle and is within walking distance from all of the major attractions including the Royal Mile, Arthur's Seat and shops on Princes Street. Following an exciting multi-million pound refurbishment, the hotel offers 269 stunning guest rooms with cutting-edge technology, glass walled bathrooms and Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds. The renovation of the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa has also seen the addition of a brand new Club Floor, exciting new bar and restaurant and the Link @Sheraton. The hotel also boasts a dedicated meetings and events complex with 14 flexible function rooms. The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is also home to One Spa, widely regarded as one of Europe's finest city Spas offering a range of holistic Spa treatments, 19m swimming pool, iconic hydropool and unique Thermal Suite. The newly refurbished gym & studios are equipped with Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance, a tailored exercise programme unique to Sheraton guests. 
About Pickering's Gin
Pickering's Gin was launched in the heart of the Scottish capital last year (March 2014), and is based at Summerhall - a creative hub and arts venue occupied by artists, inventors, musicians, artisans and entertainers. Summerhall Distillery is housed on the site of the old dog kennels in the former Small Animal Hospital.  Pickering's Gin is based on an original recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947, and has been fine-tuned, perfecting its balance and tweaking it for today's contemporary palate. The beautifully crafted small batch gin contains 9 botanicals including juniper, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Pickering's Gin is distilled in a 500 litre still affectionately known as Gert. The gin's smoothness comes from the still's ingenious, custom-designed bain marie heating system. The botanicals enjoy a slow, luxurious simmer, which coaxes out their subtle, soft, highly drinkable flavours. Pickering's Gin is available to buy by the bottle at Summerhall Distillery, online at Pickeringsgin.com, on tap at the Royal Dick bar as well as carefully selected bars, restaurants, hotels and wholesalers. PR contact: Alison Melton ([email protected] / 07713 122119).

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