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Our Gin

Gins & Tonics

Burbled, steeped & perfected by Peebles

In 1881 the Shieldgreen spring drew people to Peebles Hydro from all over the British Isles. They’d book in, relax, and ‘take the waters’, as part of the hydropathic craze which swept the country.

Today, the draw is rather different: Shieldgreen now supplies the gleaming copper stills of our very own distillery and our attendant gin school. Many of the botanicals grown right here in our grounds and our very own tonic water, along with the gin, is trickled, nurtured and perfected by Peebles.

Meet the 1881 Gin Family

1881 London Dry Gin

London Dry Classic (Hydro Gin)

Echoes of a fresh walk in the Borders – piney juniper layered with notes of hawthorn, birch and fir.

There are 12 botanicals to be found in our London Dry – many grown in our own botanical gardens – perfectly blended with natural spring water straight from our source in the hills behind the Hydro. This very source has been supplying the hotel since the doors opened in 1881. In those days the water was used for hydropathic treatments. Now, we can think of no better ingredient for our gins.

70cl / 40% Vol.


1881 Gin Pavilion Pink

Pavilion Pink

A Scottish berry gin with local red berries and a hint of hibiscus.

It’s game, set and match to this nod to our tennis pavilion on the front lawn. In the 1920’s Peebles Hydro had more tennis courts than Wimbledon and we hosted many tournaments in our time. A refreshing gin and tonic on the lawn was just the ticket for tournament spectators in those days.

70cl / 40% Vol.


1881 Gin Navy Strength

Navy Strength Gin

Cardamon and dry citrus are at the forefront of our gin bottled at 57% ABV.

Gin Ahoy! Our navy strength gin is not for the faint of heart, but take the plunge and you’ll be rewarded with lighter spicier flavours navigating the juniper base notes.

70cl / 57% Vol.


1881 Gin Subtly Smoked

Subtly Smoked

Pink grapefruit leads with a crisp juniper finish and a subtly smoked palate.

Every drop of our gin is taken from our very own private spring – Shieldgreen – the very same spring that drew people to ‘take the waters’ at Peebles Hydro when we opened our doors in 1881. Shieldgreen not only fills our 150l copper still – but also helps nurture our crops of botanicals. This is gin, made by Peebles.

70cl / 40% Vol.


Tonic 81

Well, we couldn’t have the G without the T could we?

Our very own Tonic 81 completes the perfect serve for our 1881 Gin family. The water is collected from our private spring before making the short trip to Glasgow to be perfectly primped and carefully carbonated by our friends at the Startup Drinks Lab.

Range includes…

  • Premium tonic
  • Light tonic
  • Pink grapefruit tonic
  • Elderflower tonic

The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend adults do not regularly drink more than 14 units per week. For more information visit Drinkaware.

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