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Our Story

Our Story

Our Story
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Smugglers Spirits present beautifully handcrafted, deliciously tasty small-batch spirits. We take our name from the heroic smugglers that ran the streets of Edinburgh during harsh 18th century prohibition. Daring, defiant and revolutionary; like the smugglers we deliver spirits with bold, innovative flavours from around the world.

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The Tale of the Smuggler’s Spirit

The little-known tale of the Porteous riots had us hooked from the start. Set in the heart of Edinburgh in the midst of Scottish prohibition in the 1700s, the streets were alive with smugglers who risked everything for a sip. The smugglers were the heroes of the city, but danger lurked around every corner. Porteous, whose skeletal face glares out from our bottle labels, was Captain of the City Guard. A barbaric man with a murderous sense of justice, he appointed himself judge and jury over smuggling in the city. Over his dead body would smuggling continue in Edinburgh.

On the day that two smugglers were due to be hanged, grey clouds of grief hung low over the city and onlookers began to revolt. Outraged, Porteous pointed his gun into the crowd and opened fire, brutally killing rioters, onlookers, and even children.

Porteous was tried and sentenced to death, but at the very last moment was granted a pardon from the British government. So, the smugglers led a rebellion of 4000 Edinburgh locals to carry out their own justice. They marched Porteous through the city streets, before hanging him in the Grass Market of what is now the Old Town. Over his dead body, smuggling in Edinburgh continued.

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Sustainability

The heroes of the story – the smugglers – were dedicated to their beliefs and unafraid to stand up against injustice. We carry this spirit forward with our vision of creating a more just and sustainable future. Our gins are made using 100% naturally grown botanicals - no nasty chemicals to harm the environment. Grown locally in Edinburgh, the botanicals are hand-harvested to reduce CO2 emissions.

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Innovation

The Smugglers of the 18th Century demonstrated resilience in the face of hardship. Having built our brand in the infamous year of 2020, these are values that we share. Like the smugglers, we know that everyone should have access to high-quality, great-tasting spirits, and most of all, be able to enjoy them with those they love. This ethos drives us to keep innovating with our flavours to provide exhilarating drinking experiences that enchant the senses. Smugglers Spirits is a spirited brand for spirited drinkers.