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The late 18th Century was a notorious time for smuggling across Scotland's coastal communities. History tells us of The Crooked Mary, an infamous lugger, who sailed through the night to deliver illicit Dutch gin under the nose of the Crown, leaving her bounty buried on our shores. It was a dangerous high stakes business where death was a fair trade for money...

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Situated in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, Blackford Craft Distillery produces authentic, quality spirits with a focus on provenance and history, drawing on Scotland’s distilling heritage and prehistoric legacy of the Picts. Vesperis Pictish Gin and Vodka are distilled with local heather honey, heather blossom and apples, then diluted with the freshest Aberdeenshire spring water.


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