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Our Story

Our Story

Our Story
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Smugglers Spirits present award-winning, beautifully handcrafted,
and 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. To create these unique flavours we proudly look to botanicals that have been nurtured by rich Scottish soil - our spirits are made locally to help protect the environment.

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The Tale of the Smuggler’s Spirit

The smuggler's tale of the Porteous riots had us hooked from the beginning. Set in the heart of Edinburgh in the midst of Scottish prohibition, 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

In 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.

Natural doesn’t have to mean simple. Our gins are created in collaboration with pioneers in sustainable distilling. Grown locally in an an organic, self-sustaining herb garden and without chemicals, each vibrant botanical is better for the environment and better for you. The botanicals are carefully hand-harvested to reduce C02 emissions. Since carbon is released into the atmosphere when soil is ploughed, hand-harvesting not only ensures the carbon stays put underground, but more is actually captured from the surrounding air. Therefore, we think that when it comes to botany, there’s no better machine than our own two hands!

Our bottles and packaging are sustainably sourced, and we work with nature right down to the smallest detail. Even our labels and shrink wrap are made from
vegetable matter.

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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 and we're driven by purpose.