McQueen Gin is fast becoming one of Scotland’s most sought after spirits – and its success has been helped in no small part by one Stirlingshire Estate.
Dale and Vicky McQueen established the company in 2015 and it has grown from strength to strength since its first small distillery opened in 2016.
Located on Cambusmore Estate near Callendar, McQueen Gin has achieved year-on-year revenue increases in excess of 300% since 2017. To date McQueen Gin has created an adventurous range of craft gins with world-first flavour profiles, including Sweet Citrus, Spiced Chocolate Orange, Smokey Chilli, Mocha, Coconut & Lime and Chocolate Mint, as well as a signature Super Premium Dry Gin, and innovative Forest Fruits Colour-changing Gin and Raspberry and Cranberry Pink Gin.
An investment of around £750,000 was made in the development of the new McQueen Gin facility, which was formerly an agricultural barn on the estate prior to its conversion.
Investment in the building was part-funded by Cambusmore Estate owner Michael Buchanan, who in 2018 was announced as chief of Clan Buchanan.
The estate had previously leased another building to McQueen Gin on its land but was keen to facilitate the company’s growth which has been aided by contracts with national retailers such as Aldi and Morrisons.
The new facility allowed the manufacture, bottling, packing and shipping capacity for McQueen Gin to increase by greater than 1,000%.
In line with their continued success and new distillery launch, McQueen Gin is set to create an estimated 15 new rural jobs in the area, as the brand grows its overall operation.
The 6,200²ft facility was opened in May 2019 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The First Minister said: “The impressive growth of McQueen Gin proves that it is possible with the right idea, product and people to go from a small start-up business to exporting around the world in a relatively short period of time – and that being rural-based provides no barrier to international success.
“The formal opening of the new distillery is an opportunity to recognise the vision of the co-owners and the hard-work and dedication of the staff, and I look forward to seeing greater success as McQueen expands into markets around the world.”
The new facility also incorporates a visitor element, where tourists can find out how McQueen Gin is made before sampling a tipple themselves.
Neil Christison, Regional Director for Visit Scotland commented: “It is incredibly exciting to welcome the McQueen Gin Distillery to the visitor experience in Callander.
“The opening of this new attraction in such a stunning location will certainly boost the wider region’s tourism offering. It is important that we continue to encourage new investment in tourism businesses such as distilleries which benefit from visitors’ love of Scottish gin, as well as the surrounding towns and villages, with the creation of new jobs and increasing visitor spend.
“This ripple effect means that tourism is more than a holiday experience, it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community.”