Smithies Gin was launched in August 2018 by Patti, Beth & Jill Smith. Patti owns the iconic deli called Smithies Deli in Arbroath which opened in 2000. Patti added the gin emporium back in 2012 and has an extensive knowledge on gins throughout the years.
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Along with the gin emporium (as well as enjoying drinking gin!) the Smith Family wanted to incorporate some of their family history into their gin. Inspiration came from Patti’s late father Donald who loved gardening. Especially his roses, dahlias & a greenhouse full of tomatoes! The family live in his house today so still enjoy the garden.
The botanicals redcurrants & gooseberries which still grow in the garden today are two of the main botanicals in Smithies Gin!
The Smith Girls wanted to create a gin that didn’t dictate pairings or accompaniments, but that was refreshing to drink with a simple tonic while also able to handle a more robust flavouring if desired. The tagline for Smithies is challenge that fruit bowl!
Once the Girls had perfected the recipe for the gin it was time to pair the gin & really test its versatility. Being such a sociable family they invited over close family & friends to test out different garnishes & mixers from peaches, tomatoes, mint – you name it!
One of the most surprising pairings was in fact one from Beth’s husband Jim who doesn’t drink gin but loves pizza. He suggested a margherita pizza serving which was cherry tomato, basil & cracked black pepper. They then paired it with Fevertree Mediterranean Tonic & still a year on this is our most popular garnish for Smithies Gin!
The flavours featured within the gin include angelica root, orange peel, lemongrass, orris root, lime peel, grains of paradise, bay leaves, red currants, gooseberries and lemon peel.
The Smith Family also also passionate about supporting local small businesses with having their own. All of the marketing props & bottle labels are made by Arbroath independent companies as well as the gin being made less than a mile from the family home.