Peebles Hydro: Borders gin brand ‘1881’ is relaunched

A BORDERS gin brand has relaunched after a “significant” £500,000 investment in upgrading its distillery.

The brand, named 1881, has its distillery based in Peebles Hydro Hotel and is attracting interest from “nationwide retailers”.

Charlie Leckie, 1881’s brand manager, says they have changed every aspect of the gin’s bottle, but the “multi-award-winning product remains inside”.

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“We’re proud of the heritage of Peebles Hydro, which is embodied by the 1881 gin brand – it’s truly a very special product with a blend of carefully chosen Scottish botanicals and distilled in the heart of the Borders.

“The UK’s love of gin shows no sign of cooling off so this is an exciting time to be taking the product to market.”

He added: “Every aspect of the bottle has been redesigned to reflect our story, with unique artisan illustrations for each flavour to represent our history and passion for the Borders and the product itself.

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“We have ambitious growth plans for the 1881 gin brand with several new products already in the pipeline that are attracting the attention of nationwide retailers.

“We’re so proud of the final result and are delighted to share this with gin lovers across the globe.”

The gin is named after the year the Peebles Hydro Hotel was founded and is made within the hotel.

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Peebles Hydro is part of the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, of which Stephen Leckie is chairman and CEO.

Mr Leckie described the brand relaunch as an “exciting new chapter” for the family business.

“I’m proud to entrust my son Charlie alongside the experienced 1881 Distillery team to lead our efforts in taking this brand from strength to strength,” he said.

The 1881 Distillery has been extensively redesigned over the past eight months, offering a core gin range across four flavours – Hydro Gin (40%), Pavilion Gin (40% ABV), Rafters Gin (40% ABV) and Honours Gin (57% ABV).

All four flavours are sold as 70cl bottles.

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