Aberdeenshire brothers take True OriGINs Gin Festival to London’s Tobacco Dock

Aberdeenshire brothers Mungo and Guy Finlayson are to take their popular True OriGINs Scottish craft gin festival over the border for the first time. 

They have chosen the iconic Tobacco Dock as their setting and will be serving up a tantalising array of Scottish gins and mixers for four days from 1st– 4th November. 

The festival champions authentic Scottish craft gins and serves to shine a light on this thriving corner of the gin market. “Many people seem unaware of the importance Scotland has to play in the gin industry,” says Mungo. “In fact, 70% of British gin is distilled in Scotland. At proud Scots we’re keen to spread the word and to show everyone how fantastic authentic Scottish craft gin can be.”  

While many gins claiming to be Scottish are, in fact, bottled or distilled over the border in England, True OriGINs has collected an offering of authentically Scottish gins from every corner of Scotland to showcase the wealth of talent on offer. From the stormy shores of Shetland to the windy Western Isles and the heather-hugged hills of the Highlands to the brother’s home county of Aberdeenshire, True OriGINs are making the most of Scotland’s wild botanicals, talent and spirit. 

Visitors to the festival will receive a glass from which to sample all that juniper nectar and also a ‘Gin Bible’. This will describe each distillation in detail so that visitors can gain an insight into each gin they sample.  

Mungo and Guy are passionate about showcasing Scotland’s gin heritage. “We really want to take our visitors on a journey around the Scottish Isles and make the whole experience as exciting and immersive as possible.” Eight different Scottish regions will be represented with their own bars across the venue, so festival goers can go on a thorough exploration of their unique distillations and botanicals.  

Tobacco Dock has a rich pedigree when it comes to food and drink events, hosting Taste of London and Meatopia and many others. Mungo and Guy knew at once it was the right fit for True OriGINs. “Tobacco Dock just seemed to be the perfect fit,” Mungo says. “We had visited plenty of other venues in London but the moment we walked through those iconic gates we just knew it was the ideal place for our venue.” 

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