Borders’ first gin event

The Borders’ first gin tasting event is to be held in Kelso next month.

Distiller Simon Fairclough set up Scotland’s first Gin Club ( in June on World Gin Day.

Dedicated to toasting and tasting home-grown gins, he is staging the Kelso event to give local gin-lovers a chance to sample small-batch Scottish craft gins alongside the big brands.

The event will be held in The Cobbles in Kelso and Mr Fairclough, former consultant for Johnnie Walker, Cardhu, Talisker and Jura, commented: “The Cobbles prides itself on handcrafted drinks and has won CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year award for the last three years.

“We think craft gin deserves the same recognition as craft beer – and that’s why we’re touring Scotland teaming up with the best pubs in the drinks industry.”

The founder of Glenshee Craft Distillers, a start-up artisan distillery in Perthshire, Mr Fairclough added: “Gin is undergoing a revival which shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Whether it’s with new artisanal brands, product variants or cocktail recipes, our Gin Club tastings bring to life the whole experience.”

The tasting in The Cobbles takes place on Thursday, August 21 at 6pm and runs until 7.30pm.