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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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Old Lady's Dry Gin is a rich, flavoursome gin which was made in Bordeaux, France by Marie Brizard and was bottled in the 1970s for the Italian market.  More info
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Old Lady's Dry Gin is a very rare dry gin which was distilled by the Marie Brizard company in Bordeaux, France. This is a 1970s bottling which was bottled for the Italian market. It even comes with...  More info
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Estimable London Dry Gin is a very rare Italian dry gin which was made in the 1970s. It was produced in Milan, Italy by the Fulie company.  More info
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Sherwood Gin is an Italian dry gin made by the Dainesi company. It comes with a Robin Hood-inspired label and was bottled in the 1970s.  More info
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Old Eagle is a very rare Italian gin which was made in the 1970s in Milan by the Fulie company. Quite a collectible.  More info
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Gold Eagle Dry is a very rare Italian dry gin from the Guiducci company. It was made in Ponsacco, Tuscany in the 1970s. Highly collectible.  More info
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This is a tasty 1960s bottle of Italian dry gin, made by the Ciro Frassineti company - founded in 1921. This gin took home a gold medal in Turin in 1923.  More info
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This is a rare bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin, bottled in the early 1990s. Gordon's gin was first made in 1769 by Alexander Gordon, and to this day the recipe is known to only four people!  More info
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Cask-Aged Gin - Batch 4
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Tanqueray Malacca Gin
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Officially re-launched in the beginning of 2013, Tanqueray's limited edition Malacca is a sweet, spicy gin with increased levels of citrus. This is not dissimilar to some of the old-fashioned styles...  More info
Top Sloe Gin from award-winning producer, Chase. Amazing stuff.  More info
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A rare quart sized bottling of Gordon's London Dry Gin from the 1970s. Produced for the American market, it was actually distilled in the city of Linden in the USA.  More info
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Gin from the age of yore. Or possibly yonder. Or yesteryear.  More info
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A super-rare 1970s bottling of Bosford gin.  More info
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Dry gin from Italy. This bottle dates from the 1960s. Sterling.  More info
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A bottling of Tanqueray's Export Strength Special Dry Gin from the 1980s.  More info
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A fantastic bottle of antique gin from the 1970s, produced by Pitman.  More info
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