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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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An initially citrus-led gin with soft juniper character. It's produced by Smooth Ambler, a fantastic craft distillery situated in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, up in the picturesque Appalachian...  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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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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Leopold's Gin
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Small Batch American gin, made using "hand-zested American pummelos". They only make 50 cases of this a year, so it really is small batch.  More info
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The Ancient Mariner's London Dry Gin was chosen from more than 25 different recipes, created with 100% British grains and distilled in London. It is named, of course, for Coleridge's famous poem The...  More info
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Tanqueray No. Ten
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An incredible small batch London dry gin made in pot still number 10. Tanqueray Number 10 is citrussy and full bodied.  More info
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The City of London Distillery is a new distillery situated in the heart of the City of London. This fantastic new gin is made from a citrus forward selection of botanicals including: juniper...  More info
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A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and...  More info
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Gordon's Sloe Gin
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A crisp Sloe Gin from Gordon's made by steeping Sloe berries in Gordon's gin. Crisp and delicate.  More info
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The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded this 97 points and declared this the best gin in the world and the spirit of the year. Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength is citrussy and spicy, with a lovely...  More info
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Citadelle Gin
(70cl, 44%)
A premium gin, Citadelle was originally developed in a Dunkirk distillery in the late 18th Century, and at the time Dunkirk was one of the earliest European ports for explorers of the Orient, who...  More info
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Made with 100% organic ingredients, Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin is evidently just naturally delicious. With a mix of 20 organic botanicals, from the old favourites juniper and coriander to some...  More info
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Adnams First Rate Gin
(70cl, 48%)
A fabulous higher-than-average proof gin from the Southwold-based Adnams Brewery. Big and full-bodied, and rated Best New Product at the CLASS Magazine Awards 2011.  More info
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Broker's Gin
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Boudier's Saffron Gin is an extraordinary gin which gains is marvellous tawny-orange hue with the addition of saffron! Fantastic.  More info
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