THE HOUSE OF BOTANICALS
Established in 2009 and the oldest bartender-owned brand in the United Kingdom, The House of Botanicals in Aberdeen is home to an array of botanical based beverages including the House of Botanicals Old Tom Gins, the Dr. Adam’s Cocktail Bitters portfolio, and the Italian influenced Pietro Nicola range of liqueurs, amari and fortified wine.
Family run by Adam & Steffie Elan-Elmegirab, The House of Botanicals operates with a zero-waste ethos and ethically sources all our raw materials. Our sole desire is to create a range of unique, quality, hand-crafted products for the growing demands of the beverage industry, with the spotlight shone on botanicals and the influence they have in the world of mixed drinks.
All our products are created and manufactured in our production facility which is found in the heart of Aberdeen in the North-East of Scotland. Situated within the railway arches behind Union Square, at The House of Botanicals we consume an abundance of caffeinated drinks, wear Adidas kicks, religiously listen to the indelible sounds of hip-hop, and on any given day will be found crafting some of the world’s finest beverages which are used around the globe by leading bartenders in the greatest bars our planet has to offer.
HOUSE OF BOTANICALS OLD TOM GINS
We’ve always been inspired and driven by how we can combine tradition with modernity, as can be witnessed throughout our portfolio of botanical spirits. Every element of our Old Tom Gin’s production – from the ABV it is bottled to the weight of sugar we use per litre of gin – stays true to what Old Tom originally was back in the 18th century whilst dragging it into the current day to suit modern tastes. Most importantly our Old Tom pays respect to the offering of its most famous proponent, one Thomas Chamberlain from the now defunct Hodge’s Distillery, the man who Old Tom Gin takes its name.
As long-term champions of collaboration, and with Old Tom’s inherent and historic links to London, the first stage of production takes place in the UK capital before being shipped to our dedicated production facility in Aberdeen and compounded – again a nod to early Old Tom bottlings – with a range of natural botanicals across all variants.
The Coat of Arms label design is a homage to the Aberdeen and London City Coats of Arms, with the Black Panther / Cat additionally a reference to early Old Tom branding, as well as hip-hop which we listen to most days at the House of Botanicals.
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The founding family of our product range, the Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters portfolio harks back and pays respect to the first Golden Age of the cocktail in the 1800s. We achieve this by recreating bitters which have been lost to the sands of time, such as Boker’s Bitters, Spanish Bitters, and Orinoco Aromatic Bitters, whilst also formulating new flavour profiles focused on current demands and trends as can be found in our Dandelion & Burdock Bitters, Aphrodite Bitters, Teapot Bitters, seasonal Winter Spiced Bitters and our single origin Brazilian Bitters.
Adopting traditional production techniques all our bottlings are hand crafted, combining high quality spirit purchased from England’s Langley Distillery, with specially selected botanicals sourced from across the globe. Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Bitters are all produced with natural – and organic in every case possible – ingredients and never use glycerine, preservatives, or synthetic flavourings and colourings.
PIETRO NICOLA APERITIVI & DIGESTIVO
The third brand from The House Botanicals is our Italian inspired range of Aperitivi & Digestivo, Pietro Nicola, named after the grandmother of our founder and utilising botanicals from the United Kingdom, Italy and North Africa. We believe Italian drinking culture is one of the most important and influential in the world, and it has long influenced what we’ve done throughout our careers.
In the first instance the Pietro Nicola range will comprise an annual green walnut liqueur, Nocino, our barrel-aged coffee bean spirit, Caffè Margaux, our peach aperitif wine, Pescaro, and a vermouth that will be produced using wine that originates from the city of Dora Pietro Nicola Casella’s birth. Produced and bottled in the heart of Aberdeen, Pietro Nicola Aperiviti & Digestivo is a unique offering for a Scottish spirits business and we are proud to be leading the way with these styles of product.