Ian Macleod Distillers has taken over Spencerfield Spirit Company, including flagship brand Edinburgh Gin.

It follows a long-standing arrangement with Ian Macleod as the exclusive distributors of Edinburgh Gin and Spencerfield Spirit’s whisky range of Pig’s Nose, Sheep Dip and The Feathery in the UK.

Ian Macleod will now take full ownership of the Spencerfield Spirit portfolio with all brands being transferred with immediate effect.

Production of Edinburgh Gin will continue at the distillery and visitor centre on Rutland Place in Edinburgh and at their second distillery at The Biscuit Factory in Leith.

Following the takeover for an undisclosed sum, Edinburgh Gin’s founders Alex and Jane Nicol will continue to work with the brands during a transition period.

The acquisition secures all jobs and Ian Macleod Distillers plan to make further investment in the Spencerfield portfolio.

Leonard Russell, managing director at Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “Spencerfield Spirit Company and Ian Macleod Distillers are both family-run businesses, with firm commitments to quality spirit production. Edinburgh Gin will be a great addition to our existing brand portfolio which includes Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Smokehead and Isle of Skye whiskies and Atlantico Rum.

“Edinburgh Gin is a multi-award winning, small-batch gin at the forefront of the gin renaissance in the UK. We are eager to build upon this foundation and the success of the Nicol family.”

Edinburgh Gin - under the parent company Spencerfield Spirit - was established in 2010 by Alex and Jane Nicol, and has been awarded International Wine and Spirits (IWSC) medals including, Gold in 2015 for Cannonball Edinburgh Gin and Silver Outstanding for Edinburgh Gin in 2016.