'Outlander' Star Sam Heughan to Add Gin to His Spirits Brand, Following Successful Whiskey, Tequila
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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Plans to Add Gin to His Spirits Brand, Following Successful Launch of Whiskey, Tequila

Sam Heughan arrives at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

In an interview with the Scottish food and drinks scene podcast, Scran, “Outlander” star Sam Heughan discussed his new gin. The soon-to-be-released tipple follows the successful launch of Sassenach Spirits whiskey and tequila.

“Gin was where we started and it’s taken longer for us to get here,” Heughan informed The Scotsman’s Food and Drink Editor, Rosalind Erskine. “I wanted to create a Scottish gin, something that represents where I’m from, represents Scotland.”

“Everything comes from Scotland, all the botanicals.”

According to Heughan, his gin is made with eight different botanicals, including crab apple (for tartness), heather (earthy and herby), toasted oats (provide a creamy texture), blackberry leaves (bundles of flavor), blaeberry (similar to a wild blueberry), rhubarb (sweet and tart), Scots pine resin (foresty fresh) and juniper (can’t have gin without it!).

While Heughan admitted not being too find of juniper, he noted that it was a crucial element to his gin. Amid recipe experimentation, Heighan found that without juniper, the spirit “lacked body.” He also shared that juniper is a key component in cutting through tonic water, gin’s favorite mixer.

According to the “Outlander” star, his spirits brand’s gin is balanced and unlike other gins on the market due to its “innovative” distillation method that involves a long botanical steep.

The gin will be bottled at 42% ABV. According to Heughan, this alcohol content contributes to the spirit’s overall mouthfeel and ability to stand up in a cocktail.

Poised to be released this summer, Heughan is “really really excited” about Sassenach gin.

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Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping an extra-dry martini while painting or relaxing by the pool with a thrilling mystery novel.