In 2012, co-founder Hamish Martin and his wife Liberty bought a derelict plot of land on the outskirts of Edinburgh, it was there they laid the roots of 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 cafe.
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.
In 2016 Steve Ross, Old Curiosity Distillery Co-founder number two, joined the Secret Herb Garden as a volunteer to learn more about the incredible powers of herbs. Steve owned a successful bar in South London, and had spent two decades working within the events industry and as a mixologist.
They developed many more concoctions of fine gin and hand-grown herbs, then took to exploring a barn full of curious things. Among the odds and sods, and the bits and bobs, Old Curiosity Distillery was founded in 2017.
The Secret Garden gin range is a labour of love. Three
enchanting combinations of hand-grown; picked and infused botanicals from the
Secret Herb Garden, bottled up with a little bit of nature's magic... add tonic
and watch your Secret Garden Gin transform.
Experience the magic with their core range: Apothecary Rose,
Lavender and Echinacea, and Chamomile and Cornflower. Or enthral those taste
buds with the two limited edition gins: Damask Rose and, Geranium and Mallow.