Gin Masterclasses


South Loch Experiences

Scottish Gin & Cheeses

SLScottish gin and cheeses takes you on a fun journey around Scottish gin styles.  We give you an understanding of how gin is made, how to pair with great mixers and discuss how to garnish your drinks.  The class is full of useful gin brand information with South Loch and 6 other Scottish gins.  It helps both the novice and the experienced gin lover who has an interest in the ever growing Scottish gin scene.  During the session we sample 8 different gins and everything is paired with premium mixers and stunning cheese boards for the group.  Run-time is around 90-120 mins. 

The Gin Stills Tour & Tasting

SLThe South Loch copper pot stills are located in 56 North, Scotland’s oldest and original gin bar.  During the session we take you on a journey through our production.  We cover botanicals, distilling, equipment and bottling.  You get a South Loch Gin and tonic on arrival.  During the tour you get to try three more unique South Loch Gins made on the stills.  We end with a sparkling cocktail made with one of our liqueurs.  This class is superb for anyone wanting to understand more about production as well as see a working gin still up close.  Run-time is around 60-90 mins.

We consider great gin is a pleasure to experience and experiment with.  Our experience programme is held at 56 North in old town Edinburgh.  Come and join us on our voyage of discovery of gin.

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Private Bookings

Our gin team have hosted private experiences

  • Book any of our classes for you and your colleagues or friends at a time which suits you.
  • Timings of sessions and costs are available on our booking page, but are subject to availability of our team.
  • Prices will vary downwards based on increasing number of guests attending

The Gin Team

SL South Loch is built on our great customers but also our incredible team.  We believe people matter more than anything!  Out gin team, is just that, a team, with a passion for great gin and most importantly helping guests discover them!  With a combined industry experience of over 60 years we are privileged to have exceptional people behind the brand

James Sutherland

Gin Gent Director
Owner of 56 North, founding the bar back in 2008.  The vision was to launch Scotland’s first gin bar, way before the current gin craze started.  During the subsequent period, gin has grown, new brands have matured and developed.  James has a passion for gin which focuses on traceability, flavours, and production. He is a driving force for good in gin within Scotland with regular appearances on TV, radio and in the press.  He is always seeking new ideas and products and aiming to grow and drive gin forwards.  His enthusiasm and knowledge of producers and products is second to none.  James is also Gin tasting judge for the industry leading Scottish Gin Awards.

Gary Bradley

Gin Gent General Manager
Has been with us at 56 North from the very start!  Gary helped mastermind the opening and growth of the bar since 2008.  Being Northern Irish he is often found promoting products from over the water.  He is a fountain of knowledge on the more unusual products we have in the bar and is always good for an interesting recommendation from left of field.  He is the a keen distiller and is the mastermind behind lots of the ideas we make on our gin stills.  If you have any interest in the distilling side corner him for a chat!

Neil Colquhoun

Gin Gent Gin Manager
Has been a key member of our team for over 7 years.  Neil is more than partial to a “Nealtini” his precise way of enjoying a Martini, he will more than happily explain all when asked!  Neil has a passion for great gin but also loves helping guests so is a core member of our masterclass team as a result.  Neil helped the Isle of Harris Gin as a brand ambassador when they first launched so is known to many Scottish gin lovers already.  His passion for learning, teaching and helping is second to none. Corner him for some fun ideas you may have never thought of trying!

Press & Brand Consultancy

56As the original home of Scottish gin we get regular requests for TV, Radio, guest speaking, brand consultancy, help and more.  Our team has experience working on a variety of projects and is always happy to assist brands and Press.  We have worked with BBC One, Radio Scotland, STV, NHK, NBC, Scotsman, Craft Gin Club, Independent documentary makers and more! Please contact our administrative coordinator Paul who will be delighted to assist –