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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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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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A lovely gift set of Fifty Pounds Gin with two glasses. We're positive that giving someone a gift set with two glasses means they pretty much have to pour you at least one drink. Win/win!  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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The first legal distillery in Arkansas since Prohibition, Rock Town are trying their hands at everything, and coming up with some brilliant spirits. Brandon's Small Batch Gin, for example, beat out...  More info
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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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$75.34
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
$241.94
Diplome Dry Gin
(70cl, 44%)
A gin out of time! Relaunched in 2013 using the same recipe that was perfected in 1945 during WWII; using spices sources from all over Europe and Morocco, macerated in pure beetroot alcohol and...  More info
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This is a small, flat bottle of Gordon's Special Dry London Gin produced in the 1960s. A classic piece of British gin history.  More info
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Made to a recipe created by Mr Bryant of London, Bosford extra dry is an Italian dry gin which was made by the Martini & Rossi company. This is a very rare 1964 vintage.  More info
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A rare German produced dry gin from the 1960s, it was made in Hamburg and bottled at 40% abv.

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Zuidam Dry Gin
(70cl, 44.50%)
A Dutch dry gin, distilled at the Zuidam distillery in Holland. This is a small batch gin, flavoured with coriander, angelica, oranges and lemons from Spain, Madagascan vanilla, Indian liquorice and...  More info
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An incredible vintage dry gin distilled in the Shetland islands in 2008, this was distilled using a variety of delicious local botanicals including wild water mint, sea pink, juniper, meadow sweet...  More info
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Top Sloe Gin from award-winning producer, Chase. Amazing stuff.  More info
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Produced in Scotland with real fruit, this is a blackcurrant-flavoured gin from Berry Good, with a crisp, fruity flavour.  More info
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This bottle was made in the 1960s, back in the days when Beefeater was called 'Burrough's Beefeater'. A very collectible piece for spirits historians, amateur or well-seasoned.  More info
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Just look how happy the little duckling is on this 1970s bottle of The Duckling London Dry Gin. Wait, that's no duckling! It's a fully grown duck! What the hell is going on around here?!  More info
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We're big fans of wordplay here at the Master of Malt office, so Berry Good Spirits always get a cheer from us. Made with real blackcurrants, the Berry Good Blackcurrant gin is very... Very...  More info
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From the clever minds and talented hands that brought us Dictador Rum comes an aged Colombian in. Using a botanical selection based on the limon mandarino, a hybrid between a mandarin orange a lemon...  More info
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$105.36
A big Beefeater bottle from way back! This is 100cl of Beefeater London Dry Gin, produced in the 1970s, a jolly-good collectible.  More info
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Classic Beefeater Gin presented in this handsome limited edition "Inside London" bottle. The Jubil-ympic-tastic design captures the spirit of good old blighty!  More info
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Old Raj Dry Gin is made by WM Cadenhead, bottlers of excellent whisky and, so it seems, makers of brilliant dry gin. This spicy, floral gin includes the valuable and rare ingredient saffron!  More info
$38.17

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