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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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Richmond London Dry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
Richmond London Dry Gin is a fairly basic gin that would be suited for use in cocktails rather than enjoying neat.  More info
$18.83
The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength, with a free cocktail shaker! Perfect for mixing martinis in.  More info
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
$32.70
A limited edition vintage dry gin from the Shetlands. This is a high strength Blackwoods gin, flavoured with plants gathered in the Summer of 2007, the flavours used include meadow sweet, wild water...  More info
$44.40
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
$27.34
Mayfair Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
This gin uses a variety of botanicals including juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, rubbed savoury, orris powder and a selection of others to create a full-bodied gin.  More info
$48.21
From Tanqueray's Bar Series Number 1 comes this 2010 vintage "Tonight's Edition", packaged in a handsomely silver-wrapped bottle. Lovely stuff.  More info
Created in 1820 by James Burroughs, Beafeater is real classic London Dry Gin, with a spiced, fruity flavour. This particular bottle is a rare litre bottling from the early 1980s.  More info
Cayest Gin - 1990s
(100cl, 38%)
An unusual litre bottle of gin from La Laguna, Tenerife, this edition of Cayest Gin was bottled in the 1990s.  More info
A rare '70s bottling of "Bosford Gin". This comes in an old-fashioned flask-style bottle.  More info
An ancient edition of Gordon's Dry Gin, from the late 1980s. Look at its handsome old-school label. Handsome.  More info
Cask-Aged Gin - Batch 1
(50cl, 43.30%)
When Professor Cornelius Ampleforth acquired some octave casks (only 50 litres capacity as opposed to the more usual 250 litre hogshead) what did he decide to do with them? Make cask-aged gin of...  More info
A sweet and delicious gin made with sloe berries that are steeped in high-proof Plymouth Gin and soft water from Dartmoor. This has a superb flavour, and was bottled in the 1990s in a half-litre...  More info
A beautiful-looking, very rare 1990s bottling of Gordon's superb Sloe Gin. Yummers.  More info
A very cool-looking bottle of gin from Plymouth, bottled in the 1960s for the Italian market. This has an extraordinary lemon flavour. Lovely stuff.  More info
A fantastically rare Dry Gin produced by the Heinrich company in Berlin in the 1970s. Wonderful stuff.  More info
This is a 1970s bottling of Christopher's special Dry London Gin.  More info
$131.23
This a dry gin from the 1960s, pretty cool, and it's got Lassy the dog from that movie on it as well.  More info
$187.47
A very rare, fabulously crisp, clean-tasting London Dry Gin from Gilbey's, bottled in the 1980s.  More info
$131.23
Produced in the workshop previously used by the late, great Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not Moonwalker), this super-small-batch artisinal Gin is flavoured with restraint, making it easier for the...  More info
$51.69
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
$36.73
Larios Gin (Antique)
(100cl, 40%)
Larios is a dry gin distilled five times with twelve botanicals. This is an antique bottling.  More info
$62.41
Aurum is better known for making a sweet Italian liqueur, however this is a dry gin they made back in the 1950's and is suitably rare.  More info
$224.96
Guido Isolabella created his first sambuca in 1871, this however is a dry gin from the same company made in the 1960s.  More info
$149.98
Covasna Gin - 1960s
(70cl, 40%)
Covasna is a region of Romania and this is gin was made in the 1960's. This is an antique but also remains drinkable if you wanted to take your taste-buds back in time.  More info
$149.98

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