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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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G'Vine Nouaison Gin
(70cl, 43.90%)
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Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
(50cl, 29%)
The superbly packaged Monkey 47 Sloe gin is a peppery, tangy, complex spirit made by macerating Black Forest sloes in spirit for three months.  More info
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Dr. J's Gin
(70cl, 45%)
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$50.06
Japanese Gin
(70cl, 42%)
Japanese Gin! Well, sort of. It's made in Cambridge, so it's technically English. However, it's a Japanese Gin at heart as it's made using traditional Japanese ingredients, including Shiso (a type of...  More info
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Berkeley Square Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A lovely London Gin named for Berkeley Square, one of the city's most sought after addresses. This premium gin from G and J Greenall is made with botanicals including basil, kaffir lime leaves and...  More info
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Brecon Botanicals Gin
(70cl, 43%)
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A rye whiskey, in gin's clothing. Made with a base of 100% rye, the St. George Dry Rye has a marvellous malty signature, warm and spicy. This is followed up by a small number of classic gin...  More info
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Elemental Cornish Gin
(70cl, 42%)
Cornwall has long been the number 1 destination for coastal getaways, greenhouse biomes and clotted cream, but a new distillery is looking to put it on the map for something perhaps even more...  More info
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A stunning Spanish gin made using 12 botanicals which are distilled five times. Larios 12 is made with botanicals including wild juniper, nutmeg, angelica root, coriander, Mediterranean lemon, orange...  More info
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Blackwoods' 2012 vintage gin comes in their zingy new packaging! It is made in the Shetlands using handpicked Shetland botanicals including juniper, angelica, marsh marigold, coriander, meadow sweet...  More info
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Named after the number of botanicals used, the final abv chosen was also supposedly the eighth tasted from a final shortlist of twelve possible percentages. It is aimed at the sophisticated male gin...  More info
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Foxdenton Damson Gin
(70cl, 18.50%)
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A London Dry Gin from God's Own County! Masons use Harrogate spring water for their gins along with juniper, a proportion of which is from their own bushes, and a combination of secret botanicals...  More info
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Langtons No.1 Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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Wellity, wellity, wellity. The big boys are cask-aging gin! Interestingly, Beefeater age their specially distilled small batch spirit in casks previously used for Jean de Lillet.  More info
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The award-winning Dry Gin 28 Tangerine returns for 2014, along with a handsome branded glass in this bright, sprightly set.

The Belgian, citrus-forward gin features a recipe based on their Dry Gin...  More info
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Anthology of Gin
(80cl, 45.90%)
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Bath Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Bath Gin comes from the glorious county of Somerset and, unsurprisingly, from the wonderful city of Bath. The Bath Gin Company was born from the folks at the Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street. Their gin...  More info
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Chase are based in Herefordshire and produce a variety of gins and vodkas using a spirit distilled from apples. Unsurprisingly this bottle of gin has a fairly hefty whack of zesty Seville Oranges...  More info
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Tanqueray No. Ten
(70cl, 47.30%)
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Edinburgh Gin
(70cl, 43%)
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$50.08
Bloom Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Bloom Gin is a superb London Dry Gin produced by Greenall's and named "Bloom" in reference to the floral nature of its botanicals: honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile. In 2010 it was awarded a Platinum...  More info
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