Gin Masterclasses


We are 56 North, we love gin.

56We consider great gin is a pleasure to experience and experiment with.  Our masterclass programme is to assist our guests in appreciating magnificent gins.  Over time the masterclass programme has evolved, matured and expanded to encompass new ideas, new gins and new elements.  This process will never stop and in 2018 we are adding stills to the bar as well!  Come and join us on our voyage of discovery of gin.

Give the gift of gin!  All our masterclasses and tours can be purchased as digital gift certificates. Simply head to our booking site and click on the “buy gift certificate” tab above the class types.

Gin Odyssey Masterclass paired with fruits and chocolates

56Gin Odyssey is our brand new class to replace and update our wildly popular “Journey with Gin” it gives guests an understanding of the styles of gin, pairing with premium mixers and understanding flavors.  It’s full of useful gin information and helps both the novice and the experienced gin lover.  We cover some gin history, production and things to look out for when buying.  We sample 8 different gins with premium mixers, these are paired with fruits, food and chocolates!  Run-time is around 90-120 mins.

Scottish Gin and Cheese Masterclass

56Scottish gin and cheeses takes you on a fun journey around Scottish gin.  We give you an understanding of how gin is made, pairing with mixers and where it is from.  It’s full of useful gin information and helps both the novice and the experienced gin lover who has an interest in Scottish gin.  We sample 8 different gins with premium mixers and pair them with a stunning cheese board for the group.  Run-time is around 90-120 mins. 

Private Bookings

Our gin team have hosted private masterclasses, events, tours and tasting at 56 North but also all over Scotland!

  • Book any of our classes for you and your colleagues and friends at a time which suits you.
  • Timings of sessions and costs are available on our booking page, subject to availability of the team.
  • Prices vary downwards based on the total number of guests
  • Please email us if you are interested in an event at your office, home or other!
  • Just drop our team an email to check availability before you pay 

The Gin Team

56has always been built on great guest and staff.  We believe people matter more than anything!  Out gin team is just that a team with a passion for great gin and most importantly helping guest discover them!

James Sutherland

Gin Gent Director
Owner of 56 North, founding the bar in 2008.  The vision was to launch Scotland’s first gin bar, way before the current gin craze started!  During the subsequent period, a lot has matured and developed with gin in Scotland!  James has a passion for gin which focuses on traceability, flavours, and production. He is a driving force for gin in Scotland and is always seeking new ideas and products.  His enthusiasm for knowledge is second to none.  James is also gin tasting judge for the Scottish Gin Awards.

Gary Bradley

Gin Gent General Manager
Has been with us at 56 North from the very start!  Gary helped mastermind the opening and growth of the bar since 2008.  Being Northern Irish he is often found promoting products from over the water.  He is a fountain of knowledge on the more unusual products we have in the bar and is always good for an interesting recommendation from left of field.

Neil Colquhoun

Gin Gent Gin Manager
Has been a key member of our team for over 5 years.  Neil is more than partial to a “Nealtini” his precise way of enjoying a Martini, he will more than happily explain all when asked!  Neil has a passion for great gin but also loves helping guests so is a core member of our masterclass team as a result.  Neil helped the Isle of Harris Gin as a brand ambassador when they first launched so is known to many Scottish gin lovers already.

Press & Brand Consultancy

56As the original home of Scottish gin we get regular requests for TV, Radio, guest speaking, brand consultancy, help and more.  Our team has experience working on a variety of projects and is always happy to assist brands and Press.  Please contact our administrative coordinator Paul who will be delighted to assist –