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Gin

Synonymous with British culture, Gin is now enjoyed worldwide and is most commonly drunk in a Gin and Tonic or a Martini. In essence, gin is a spirit with a predominant flavour of juniper berries, which account for its tangy, crispness and refreshing attributes.

There are various styles of gin with London Dry Gin being the most popular - Tanqueray and Beefeater are both notable London Dry Gins. Whilst Juniper must be the dominant flavour, other botanicals can be used to make gin, and there is no limit to what can be used – these often include anise, liquorice root, saffron, cinnamon, cassia bark and orris root. The term “gin” might derive from either the Dutch “jenever” or the French “genièvre” – both of which mean “juniper”.

Gin can be made with any neutral spirit, so production methods can vary greatly. It is how the spirit is flavoured that marks the difference between the various styles.

The two principal styles are Distilled Gin and Compound Gin. Distilled Gin is made by re-distilling neutral with the botanicals, whereas compound gin is made by simply steeping spirit in botanicals without re-distillation.

Another variant involves distilling spirit through a tray, or basket of botanicals.

Dutch gin, known as jenever or genever, is a distinctive style of gin, which must be at least partly distilled from barley malt in a pot still. The result is a gin which bares marked semblance to whisky.

Did you know?... ...The Gin and Tonic became a popular means of taking quinine (present in cinchona bark used to make tonic) to prevent malaria.

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Bloom Gin
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Tanqueray Malacca Gin
(100cl, 40%)
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Cask-Aged Gin - Batch 4
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This is the fourth batch of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's wonderful Cask-Aged Gin. It was made by taking tiny "octave" casks (roughly a fifth of the capacity of standard hogsheads), and filling...  More info
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Adnams First Rate Gin
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A fabulous higher-than-average proof gin from the Southwold-based Adnams Brewery. Big and full-bodied, and rated Best New Product at the CLASS Magazine Awards 2011.  More info
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Made originally as a one-way teleportation device, designed to transport you all the way to a Californian forest, the Terroir Gin from St. George Spirits didn't really work.

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Does what it says on the label. Bathtub Gin, aged in a 20 litre barrel previously used to hold Bitters. Is Batshit-Mental. Also delicious.  More info
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The more festive version of Beefeater, this is made with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. It's uch more warming, and richer than the standard edition, and is well worth trying.  More info
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A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. This was made to a special recipe, and the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. This is made with juniper at its heart, with...  More info
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This cracking gin is distilled in a beer stripping column, before being put through a handmade copper pot still. It is then purified in a rectifier. The result is very creamy and rich. This gin is...  More info
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Jensen Bermondsey Gin
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A gin distilled in the style of London gins of old. Bermondsey gin makes a superb martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and incredible nose.  More info
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A delicious and very handsomely packaged sloe gin made by top gin distillers, Sipsmith. Expect a lot of rich, puckering fruit and an intense aroma.  More info
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As you can clearly see from the label, this is a rare lemon flavoured gin from popular producers Gordon's. It dates from between 1936 and 1952.  More info
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Jensen Old Tom Gin
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A soft, sweet gin harkening back to the mid 19th century. Jensen's Old Tom is naturally sweet with a great number of botanicals.  More info
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This may be a London Dry Gin but it is actually made in Spain in the 1970's and is a collectable item.  More info
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$52.59
The Bluecoat American Dry distilled in a traditional copper pot still and is named after the uniforms worn by the militia in the American Revolution. The botanical recipe is kept secret however the...  More info
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$75.37
A 1970s bottling of juniper flavoured spirit produced in Spain by Eduardo Delage. There is no abv on the bottle!  More info
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Rare Red Hills gin dating from 1966. It was produced by the Bologna based Buton company in Italy.  More info
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