Eden Mill – new spirit line
Based on the site of a historic distillery on the banks of the River Eden, the Eden Mill story started with a mission to revive the lost art of distilling and brewing in St Andrews. The industry was once integral to the town of St Andrews, the renowned home of golf, but Eden Mill were the first to make spirits in the region for 150 years.
As Scotland’s first single-site distillery and brewery, making gin, whisky and beer, Eden Mill spirit is created in Portuguese ‘Hoga’ copper pot-stills and exhibits a wide range of flavours from botanicals sourced from the local area, as well as from around the world. As creators of craft gin, whisky and beers, their team of distillers have the opportunity to marry the best practices from all these disciplines.
Few distilleries are as fortunate as them, with the paradise of the Eden Estuary on their doorstep they source botanicals from the local fields, forests and coasts to represent the best of Scotland. In 2015, the team launched their Golf Gin in homage to a taste of St Andrews.
Eden Mill’s Original Gin is a twist on the classic London Dry using Fife’s sea buckthorn berries, a superfood which grows within walking distance of the St Andrews distillery. Their pioneering spirit is evident in the constant range of innovative new products from the master distillers. From their famous Love Gin, one of the first ever pink gins to their quality RTD gin cocktails, single malt scotch whisky, flavoured gins and seasonal expressions, their goal is to capture the spirit and provenance of St Andrews in every bottle.
Eden Mill already had a craft bottling line for their range of beers supplied by Enterprise Tondelli a few years ago. When the decision was made to increase capacity of their spirit bottling operation they turned to Enterprise for a flexible craft spirit filling and packaging s line.
At the heart of the line supplied is a fully automatic monobloc rinser/filler/capper unit with rotary rinsing and filling operations that ensures continuous movement and greater line efficiency. Again from the same manufacturer of the beer filler monobloc. Bottle cleaning on the rotary rinser carousel uses neutral spirit in recirculation with filters for due diligence. The capping turret can handle both “T” shaped corks along with GPI screw caps for maximum flexibility on the different product lines. The unit can also fill miniatures in the future making for a very versatile and flexible unit.
The new bespoke crystal cut Love Gin bottle has a very distinctive finish with a precise label panel that required accurate orientation for application. Enterprise Tondelli supplied a rotary self-adhesive labeller capable of accurate base notch spotting using servo motors for more flexibility. The labeller supplied from BRB in Italy is just one of the wide range of labellers that Enterprise supply from BRB Globus based in Mantova. This was the same supplied for the original beer bottling line.
To further dress the bottles and as a tamper evidence heat shrink capsules are automatically applied as part of the project. The bottle conveyor system was manufactured by Eurosistemi who are specialist in this field and have been working with Enterprise Tondelli since the early 1980’s. Extra stations were included for hand finish of premium products for short batch runs.
Mr.Jason Hill the Project Manager at Eden Mill said “We have used Enterprise before and appreciated their support in the past. This project had some additional challenges due to the flexibility required and bottle decoration but Enterprise have worked tirelessly to follow our needs.”
Enterprise Tondelli have been supplying beverage bottling canning and packaging lines since 1977 and have worked in over 40 countries. They supply from single machines to complete turnkey factories for the beverage industry whether it be spirits, beer, carbonated soft drinks, water or dairy from 20 container per minute to 1200 containers per minute – and all sizes in between.
Further case studies from returning customers and the Enterprise Tondelli full range of equipment and services can be found at www.enterprisetondelli.co.uk
What is the next step for Eden Mill? Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do as they work towards building Scotland’s first carbon neutral single malt whisky distillery. The state-of-the-art distillery will be located within the University of St. Andrews’ Eden Campus where power and heat for the stills will be supplied by the University’s biomass plant and solar panels on the distillery’s roof. The new Eden Mill Love Gin bottles labelled by Enterprise are a further example of the distiller’s commitment to the environment. The lightweight crystal cut glass design uses 18% less glass than other industry standard bottles. Made in the UK and distilled in St Andrews, the famous premium pink gin has a low carbon footprint.
Discover their products at www.edenmill.com