Esker Spirits is Royal Deeside’s first gin distillery and was founded in October 2015 by husband and wife Steven and Lynne Duthie in Cults, Aberdeen. A keen interest in gin evolved into nearly 2 years experimentation with a 1 litre copper still in their kitchen. For the gin they wanted to create the concept was simple – a classic gin with enhanced flavours to create a proper gin, complimented by mixers and garnish, not defined by them. The result of scores of distillations and careful botanical selection was Esker Gin, a classic gin with a full flavour! Many great projects have started in sheds, and Esker was to be no different. An empty workshop at the bottom of the garden became the first Esker distillery with one goal – to produce premium spirits with a real taste experience for the consumer. In late summer 2016 Esker’s popularity meant that an expansion was in order and the search began for a new premises, and in early 2017 the distillery moved to the Kincardine Estate, the home of its silver birch sap.