'Day of Reckoning' looms for distillers

Alex Nicol enjoyed a career selling drinks for some of the biggest global brands in the world, but the opportunity to create his own was too hard to resist.

As the creator – along with his wife Jane – of Edinburgh Gin he was one of the pioneers of a reborn sector which, since its launch in 2012, has spawned a number of imitators.

More than 70% of gin in the UK is now made in Scotland and the sector is worth about £1.7 billion to the British economy. Many of the new distilleries are dotted around the capital which in days past was a big centre of gin production.

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