Our Story

Cairngorm Gin founder, Jack Smith, was born and raised in the valley of the River Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. His family has lived in the Cairngorms National Park for decades, sharing a love and respect for the outdoors and the native flora and fauna that surrounds their home.

Jack’s father, grandfather and extended family made their living from the hospitality and catering industry, and from an early age Jack showed a passion for cooking.

This love of cooking fed Jack’s interest in sourcing the finest local ingredients and products and he loved nothing more than experimenting and creating culinary masterpieces in the kitchen.

Jack worked alongside a number of leading Michelin-star chefs but with a desire to return to the Scottish Highlands and a deepening passion for Scottish Gin, an idea formed to create a premium gin that truly captured the essence of the stunning Highland environment he'd grown up in.

Jack returned home to the Highlands to set up his own micro-distillery and worked alongside Master Distiller Lewis Scothern to create a truly unique recipe inspired by the land we live in.

When not busy in the stillroom, or sourcing the finest botanicals that give our gin its unique flavour profile, Jack can be found foraging, walking or skiing in the Cairngorm Mountains.

A Still named Ginger

The Copper Pot Still "Ginger," is aptly named after Jack's late grandfather, a great character rather partial to a Gin and Tonic! In fact, he always maintained it was easier to make a G&T than a "cup of tea".

In memory of his grandfather, it is tradition to toast "Ginger" with a dram from each batch distilled.

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Our Vision

The journey has only just begun for the Cairngorm Gin Company. So far we have been focused on perfecting and producing our signature Cairngorm Gin. Soon we will be adding one or two more premium spirits to our range, in-keeping with our locally produced and bottled, artisan, small-batch ethos.