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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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This is made by steeping sloe berries in Plymouth Gin and then blending it with Dartmouth water. A great, crisp and fruity sloe gin from Plymouth.  More info
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This is the first release from The London Distillery Company. Testbed1 is the name of the creative space where the distillery is built and is also the name of their gin. The concept is that the...  More info
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An American gin named after Matthew Calbraith Perry (and no, that's not the chap who played Chandler Bing in Friends). Perry was a naval figure of note in the 19th century; a Commandant of the...  More info
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Following on from FEW's sensational Barrel-Aged Gin, this is a global first. A cask strength release that's been made exclusively for Master of Malt by these craft distillers based in Evanston...  More info
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Superb quality, soft London Dry Gin, Whitley Neill is made by an independent distillery with 4 generations of family heritage. They base this on African botanicals, including the Baobab Tree and...  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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Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
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All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery...  More info
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Sylvius Gin
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This gin was released by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road No...  More info
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Leopold's Gin
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Langtons No.1 Gin
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Tanqueray No. Ten 1l
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An exceptional small-batch gin, named for the pot still in which it is made (Pot still number ten).  More info
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No.3 Gin
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After getting their heads around making a smooth but punchy gin with bags of juniper, the Washington craft distillers Captive Spirits have created Bourbon Barreled Big Gin. Rested for 6 months in...  More info
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Edinburgh Gin
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Made by Spencerfield Spirits Company, this delicious gin is distilled in Edinburgh and is flavoured with lovely botanicals including milk thistle and heather. A very creamy little gin.  More info
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Zuidam Dutch Courage
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