Some of you may have challenged yourself to complete Dry January following a boozy Christmas. But now that it’s finally February and the British days are getting longer with the promise of blissful summer evenings, let us indulge you with two beautiful new gin identity and packaging redesigns as well as a limited edition gin.
The last month seemed to be dedicated to gin design, despite many of us trying to cleanse ourselves of alcohol. Scottish gin distillery Caorunn is releasing a new embossed glass bottle design for March, Smeaton’s new packaging harps back to its unique Bristol heritage, and Edinburgh Gin weighs in on Valentine’s Day.
Here are the details.
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Scottish premium gin brand Caorunn launched a brand new bottle design that will be available from March. The new design, made in the UK, aims to encapsulate the five foraged botanicals in its recipe gin.
The new extra white flint glass was designed by agency JDO, with Caorunn’s own gin master Simon Buley's careful attention to detail when he distills the bottles.
The five-pointed asterix is a representation of the five locally forage botanicals and the company's Scottish Highland heritage mixed with a contemporary edge. Embossed details were added to the bottle, raised gloss varnishing and placing the new red asterix at the top of the 3D structure.
A nice added touch is Simon's signature printed on each bottle, showing his hand in each one’s craftsmanship.
Caorunn’s flavours include coul blush apple, heather, dandelion, bog myrtle and rowan berry act in harmony with six traditional gin ingredients and Scottish water, enjoyed by drinkers in more than 35 countries.
The new Caorunn Gin bottle will be available from March for £28 in selected supermarkets.
Bristol Method Dry Gin Smeaton's celebrated its unique history through a new identity, packaging design and strategy by drinks specialist design company Denomination. An original handwritten recipe for Bristol Method Dry Gin from the 1870s has been recreated, bottled and launched as part of the new design.
With the number of distilleries opening the UK increasing by 50 percent last year, it was important for the brand’s Bristol Method Dry Gin to be the stand-out point, pitted against other styles of gin such as London Dry and Old Tom.
The original gin recipe was discovered by the founders in the Bristol Archives on Smeaton Road, and amazingly each detail links back to the story behind the brand, painting a beautiful identity of legacy, history and culture true to the Bristol area.
The gin bottle’s blue glass is synonymous with Bristol, the hand written recipe inspired the typography and the botanical illustration celebrates the artistic movement of the later 19th century.
The bottle aesthetics include an inky blue spray, turning the bottle into frosted glass and finishing with screen printed typography.
Edinburgh Gin is one of Scotland’s pioneering gin distilleries, and it’s trying something a little different this Valentine’s Day.
A bespoke bottle design and Valentine's gin recipe has been created with imagery of the gin’s fruity flavours alongside Edinburgh Gin’s trademark logo, by drinks packaging design specialists Stranger and Stranger.
The limited-edition small-batch gin features eastern exotic aromatics, with chamomile, lemon balm, lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves contrasting with hibiscus and rose petals for gentler, floral notes, and giving the gin a pink colour for Valentines.
The Valentine’s Gin will still work well with tonic, soda or rose lemonade. But there’s only 3,000 bottles available in 70cl size from Edinburgh Gin’s distillery shop and its online store, so get in quick if you want to buy this gin for a loved one.