The hotel has partnered with a local gin distillery to bring to life their vision of the perfect serve

EDINBURGH, 23 January 2020: The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, has launched its first premium own-label Scottish gin ‘Baile Mhoireil’. In partnership with The Old Curiosity Distillery, the hotel has thoughtfully created a gin inspired by the breathtaking Scottish landscapes, embodying the country’s well-loved culture and spirit. Every detail has been considered, from the Gaelic name translating to ‘Majestic Dwelling’, in honour of the grandeur of the property located in the heart of Edinburgh, to the bottle design and the perfect serve.

Baile Mhoireil features a string of local botanicals including rosemary, dill, sage, chamomile, anise and lemon verbena, all hand-harvested exclusively from The Old Curiosity Distillery, located just 6 miles from the hotel, to create a unique and refreshing flavour with hints of subtle citrus notes. The zesty spirit drinks perfectly when served with tonic, dried grapefruit, a sprig of rosemary and a spritz of lemon verbena.

The partnership grew naturally and has been two years in the making, with The Balmoral and The Old Curiosity Distillery bringing together an incredible gin recipe, botanicals, knowledge and vision.
Cameron Matthews, The Balmoral’s Gin Ambassador, said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to serve a quality gin like Baile Mhoireil in Bar Prince. It was our vision to create a sustainable gin while supporting this incredible local supplier. Gin has become a very popular spirit and we are seeing more discerning customers asking for a specific flavour profile. After two years of development with the Old Curiosity Distillery it has been a privilege to create our own spirit in order to meet the needs of our guests. The bottle design is a nod to the hotel’s history and will also make for a beautiful memento for our guests.’

Hamish Martin, Scottish Herbologist and Owner and Founder of The Secret Herb Garden and The Old Curiosity Distillery said, ‘We are so proud to partner up with The Balmoral to create this truly beautiful gin- it has taken time, many experiments and a passion to deliver and as we are only 6 miles away, it doesn’t get more local than that. It is also brilliant to be able to showcase what botanics can be grown here in Edinburgh. It is wonderful to share so many values; sustainable, provenance and of course allowing nature to thrive naturally, completely free from any chemicals. We hope you enjoy this gin as much as we have enjoyed growing, harvesting, drying, distilling and bottling it.’

To celebrate the launch of Baile Mhoireil, The Balmoral is offering a new gin tasting experience with cocktails devised by the hotels very own Gin Ambassador. Guests can purchase a bottle of Baile Mhoireil to take home from Bar Prince located in The Balmoral hotel, retailing at £12.50 for a 5cl bottle or £47.50 for a 50cl bottle.

To book a Baile Mhoireil cocktail tasting experience at Bar Prince or for more information please email:

Baile Mhoireil - Tasting

The Baile Mhoireil cocktail tasting experience at Bar Prince will offer in house guests the opportunity to taste
the finest cocktails and perfect serve of the hotels first premium own-label gin. Advanced booking required-
£40 per person. For more information please email

The Balmoral
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral began life as a grand railway hotel in 1902, and over the last 115 years, The Glamis has been reserved for some of its most notable figures.
Former guests to the landmark property include members of royal households and musical royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones. The Balmoral offers 187 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at
Old Curiosity Distillery
Located in the slice of wilderness that is The Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of the city. The Old Curiosity distillery offers groups the opportunity to create their own gin or taste Old Curiosity’s creations and take a tour around the distillery and gardens. All botanicals are grown, picked, dried and infused on site at The Secret Herb Garden. Hamish, a wine merchant, began to pursue his lifelong passion for plants by gaining a Herbology Diploma. Alongside Liberty’s passion for all things vintage the overgrown lowlands became an award-winning herb nursery, local arts centre,
shop and café. The Secret Herb Garden has over 600 naturally grown and tendered varieties of herbs that have been used in the production of many wonderful natural products: candles, beer, wine, and herbal salts among them. As well as providing top Edinburgh restaurants with unique natural ingredients. Over time Hamish has developed many more concoctions of fine gin and hand-grown herbs, Old Curiosity Distillery was founded in 2017.