Boatanicals: Scottish entrepreneur channels spirit of shipbuilding grandad into new gin organization

A BUSINESSMAN has welded alongside one another his really like of gin with his family’s Scottish shipbuilding heritage.

Greenock-born Andy Samuel is launching Shipyard Gin just after the Covid pandemic all but put compensated to his profession as a marriage ceremony filmmaker.

The 37-yr-old’s inspiration came from his grandfather and the nearby berries and bouquets he made use of to gather as a youngster.


John Samuel worked in the Clyde shipyards in the 1930s and 40s as a plater. This was a proficient position that included laying and riveting plates of steel to kind the ship’s hull.

Andy stated: “I’m Inverclyde born and bred and have generally had a fascination with the shipyards.

“At one position through their heyday, ships created on the River Clyde amassed to a fifth of ships globally – which is fairly awesome for a river which is only about 100 miles extended.”

John’s pastime was earning wine from locally gathered berries and bouquets, like elderberries.

Andy additional: “When we had been young, we used to go out with my grandpa to decide berries. These are now the botanicals we’re placing into the gin.”

John, who served inspire his grandson’s new business

Gorse, elderflower and heather are all abundant locally and are 3 of the primary botanicals in Shipyard Gin.

Andy claimed: “The gorse offers a vanilla, coconutty essence which is a pretty faint and delicate flavour.

“The elderflower provides a sweet be aware that enhances the gorse. The heather is just about floral, but also really faint and ties everything together.”

Andy described his organization as a pipe dream he has experienced for a lengthy time which he never envisioned to flip into actuality.

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His marriage filmmaking organization dropped from 38 occasions to two as the pandemic strike.

“I believed: ‘This is a terrific option to get started Shipyard Gin’. I had a lot of time on my palms. So, I started searching into it – and now it is launched.”

Andy and his head distiller, Lewis Scothern, developed the recipe around 6 months and 3 demo distillations.

Andy said: “I begun hunting at unique flavour mixtures using the exact same botanicals that my grandfather applied in his wine.

“By some beautiful serendipity they all managed to go together rather well.

“The only factor we had to improve was to use elderflower as an alternative of elderberries.”

Shipyard Gin is 44% ABV (alcoholic beverages by quantity) and is bottled in distinctive octagonal bottles which symbolize the bow of a ship.

The gin can be bought on line at, with Andy hoping to access shoppers throughout the British isles and internationally.

“The uniqueness of this gin is its website link to the shipyards, and this can be utilized to plenty of different shipbuilding spots all over the British isles, like Liverpool, Newcastle, Sunderland and Belfast,” he claimed.

“It also has world-wide enchantment and we have experienced some fascination presently from a lodge chain in the United States.”

Andy’s ambition is ultimately to open up a local micro distillery: “This would hopefully turn out to be a tourist attraction and could run tours that highlight the heritage of the shipyards,” he stated.

As very well as shipbuilding, John Samuel performed selection 5 for Greenock Morton FC – known then just as Morton – as a “no-nonsense centre half”.

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On what his grandpa could possibly have imagined about the new venture, Andy stated: “I assume he would be very very pleased. He wasn’t a gin drinker – he was far more a hauf and a hauf male. But I’m absolutely sure he would have appreciated a style.”

Shipyard Gin is dependent at the outdated municipal properties in Gourock.