Secret Garden Distillery bought by Admiral founder

THE founder of insurer Admiral Group has bought the Secret Garden Distillery on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Kate Armstrong was one of the founders of Admiral and was the founding managing director of price comparison website

Her daughters, Isobel and Imogen, will run the distillery and focus on brand and product development.

Head distiller Mark Boswell and his team are staying with the business, while the gins will continue to be produced at the distillery.

The Secret Garden Distillery has become famous for its naturally colour-changing gins.

It supplies spirits to shops including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, and Majestic Wine.

The Secret Herb Garden was opened in 2014 by drinks industry veteran-turned herbologist Hamish Martin in 2014.

He launched the garden’s gins – originally known as the The Old Curiosity Gin – in 2017.

Kate, who has also bought the adjoining Secret Herb Garden, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our family to realise our dream of distilling luxury drinks and working together on the development and transformation of Secret Garden Distillery using the combination of our skills and passion.

“As a family business, relationships are important to us and we are pleased to be forging strong links with our customers and suppliers.

“We have exciting plans for development of the brand and our site close to Edinburgh.”

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