Our Story

Dale and Vicky McQueen in front of one of the McQueen Gin Stills

True Family Sprit

Founded by Dale & Vicky McQueen, there is a passion that goes into distilling McQueen Gin that is every bit as crucial as the botanicals themselves. It’s why we proudly put our family name on every bottle, as our promise to you of the craft and quality in every drop of our award-winning gin.

Distilled to be different

From our first flavourful distillation to our sensational colour changing gin, each new McQueen Gin is born from a desire to do things differently. And with so much more still to come, the one thing we promise will never change is our passion for innovation.

Adventurous spirit.
Proud roots.

We’re continually inspired by what lies beyond the horizon while staying true to our Scottish roots. Using carefully selected botanicals from around the world, every brave bottle of McQueen Gin is hand-crafted in Callander, on the doorstep of the Trossachs, Scotland’s oldest national park.

A Scottish gin, with a taste for adventure.

Our gin journey

The McQueen Gin experience so far has turned into an incredible adventure in a very short space of time. It all began in 2015, at precisely Gin O’clock, and the rest as they say is history (even making history) for our world-first and award-winning gins.

2015

As engineer Dale and chef Vicky McQueen sit and enjoyed a gin in their garden, the idea is born to combine their technical and culinary skills with their true passion - gin!

2016

After much tinkering and testing, McQueen Gin is ready for production. Work begins on the McQueen Distillery in February and our first still, “Little Maggie”, arrives in April. After some final adjustments and fine-tuning, McQueen Gin bursts into the market with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR WORLD-FIRST GIN FLAVOURS; Sweet Citrus, Mocha, Smokey Chilli and Chocolate Mint.

Also, with the distillery up and running, we welcomed our very first guests for The McQueen Gin Distillery Experience. Our original ‘boutique’ distillery tour might have been a quick one, but that simply meant guests got to our delicious gin tasting sooner – which they seemed to appreciate!

Shortly after, our award-winning McQueen Super Premium Dry and another world first flavour in our Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin were then introduced.

2017

A year and a half of passionate craft pays off and Christmas comes early as our Chocolate Mint Gin is listed by Aldi Scotland in November! This first major supermarket listing was a huge milestone for McQueen Gin, and one that becomes more significant every day as our partnership continues to grow…

Aldi Logo

2018

What an incredible year. The popularity of our distilled to be different gins was growing faster than we ever could have imagined, meaning our home had to grow too. In February, we broke ground on our new McQueen Gin Distillery, far in advance of our original plans.

April brought with it another major moment in our so far short history. Having become well-known for our iconic blue-glazed ceramic packaging, we made the environmentally conscious move to our new fully recyclable glass bottle – but of course retaining our McQueen Gin crest embossed into each bottle.

What followed was a McQueen Gin boom we never could have predicted. Driven by the launch of our McQueen Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin and McQueen Pink Gin, an avalanche of new listings brought our adventurous Scottish spirit to gin lovers across the UK.

2019

The year is not yet out, but it has already been an unforgettable one.

Aldi took McQueen Pink Gin nationwide across the UK while Aldi Scotland launched McQueen Violet Gin. We also launched our 5th world-first flavour as McQueen Coconut & Lime Gin brought the taste of summer to Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland.

However, May 2019 marked perhaps the biggest moment in the McQueen Gin adventure to date. Our new distillery was finally ready to open its doors, increasing our capacity by 1000% (that’s a lot of gin)! A mix of the local community and national press were in attendance, with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon doing the honours.

The future...

As for what the future holds, the sky really is the limit. Thanks to our huge new home, we are already looking to bring our adventurous Scottish spirit to gin lovers around the world! Watch this space…

One of McQueen's Employees adding in Botanicals to our Still

Our gin journey

The McQueen Gin experience so far has turned into an incredible adventure in a very short space of time. It all began in 2015, at precisely Gin O’clock, and the rest as they say is history (even making history) for our world-first and award-winning gins.

2015

As engineer Dale and chef Vicky McQueen sit and enjoyed a gin in their garden, the idea is born to combine their technical and culinary skills with their true passion – gin!

2016

After much tinkering and testing, McQueen Gin is ready for production. Work begins on the McQueen Distillery in February and our first still, “Little Maggie”, arrives in April. After some final adjustments and fine-tuning, McQueen Gin bursts into the market with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR WORLD-FIRST GIN FLAVOURS; Sweet Citrus, Mocha, Smokey Chilli and Chocolate Mint.

Also, with the distillery up and running, we welcomed our very first guests for The McQueen Gin Distillery Experience. Our original ‘boutique’ distillery tour might have been a quick one, but that simply meant guests got to our delicious gin tasting sooner – which they seemed to appreciate!

Shortly after, our award-winning McQueen Super Premium Dry and another world first flavour in our Spiced Chocolate Orange Gin were then introduced.

2017

A year and a half of passionate craft pays off and Christmas comes early as our Chocolate Mint Gin is listed by Aldi Scotland in November! This first major supermarket listing was a huge milestone for McQueen Gin, and one that becomes more significant every day as our partnership continues to grow…

2018

What an incredible year. The popularity of our distilled to be different gins was growing faster than we ever could have imagined, meaning our home had to grow too. In February, we broke ground on our new McQueen Gin Distillery, far in advance of our original plans.

April brought with it another major moment in our so far short history. Having become well-known for our iconic blue-glazed ceramic packaging, we made the environmentally conscious move to our new fully recyclable glass bottle – but of course retaining our McQueen Gin crest embossed into each bottle.

What followed was a McQueen Gin boom we never could have predicted. Driven by the launch of our McQueen Forest Fruits Colour Changing Gin and McQueen Pink Gin, an avalanche of new listings brought our adventurous Scottish spirit to gin lovers across the UK.

2019

The year is not yet out, but it has already been an unforgettable one.

Aldi took McQueen Pink Gin nationwide across the UK while Aldi Scotland launched McQueen Violet Gin. We also launched our 5th world-first flavour as McQueen Coconut & Lime Gin brought the taste of summer to Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland.

However, May 2019 marked perhaps the biggest moment in the McQueen Gin adventure to date. Our new distillery was finally ready to open its doors, increasing our capacity by 1000% (that’s a lot of gin)! A mix of the local community and national press were in attendance, with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon doing the honours.

The Future….

As for what the future holds, the sky really is the limit. Thanks to our huge new home, we are already looking to bring our adventurous Scottish spirit to gin lovers around the world! Watch this space…

MISSIMcQueen Gin LogoN

At McQueen, we’ve made it our mission to push the boundaries of the gin world;
crafting distilled to be different spirits which adventurous gin drinkers will
enjoy exploring as much as we enjoy crafting.

Awards

As gin lovers who gave up our careers to pursue our true passion,
it gives us a wonderful feeling of fulfilment to have our carefully crafted Scottish gins recognised with
awards from across the industry. However, most of all, we simply hope our customers love our gins
as much as judges around the world seem to.

International Spirits Challenge 2019 Bronze Awarded to McQueen GinWorld Gin Awards 2018 Winner of Best brand Design awarded to McQueen Gin
World Gin Awards Gold Best Design Awarded to McQueen Gin
International Spirits Challenge Silver Award Awarded to McQueen Gin

The Green side of McQueen

Living and working in Callander, at the gateway to Scotland’s oldest national park, we never forget what a privilege it is to be surrounded by our beautiful environment. Now more than ever it is crucial that we all make whatever changes we can, big or small, to protect the sustainability of the planet we all share.

McQueen Gin is proud to now use fully recyclable glass bottles across our entire range, and will continue to look for more ways to do our part and express our commitment to the local, national, and global environment.