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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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Foxdenton Raspberry Gin
(70cl, 21.50%)
Raspberry Gin from the Foxdenton Estate created from their excellent London Dry Gin.  More info
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Hayman's decided to create the Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin following demand for higher strength spirits from bartenders and is named after the old Naval base in Deptford, East London.  More info
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From Belgian distillers Filliers' comes another variation on their Dry Gin 28, this time featuring a fresh breeze of pine blossom running through its centre. Rich and earthy, the Filliers' Dry Gin 28...  More info
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Originally launched in 1959, Bombay's Dry Gin is made to the original recipe which preceded Bombay Sapphire. A more robust, traditional style and quite lovely it is too.  More info
£24.00
Gordon Castle Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Small-batch, hand-crafted gin from the Gordon Castle along the River Spey, featuring botanicals grown in the estate's Walled Garden. Mint, lavender and gooseberry are among the botanical selection...  More info
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£32.99
Boasting a big, but balanced bunch of botanicals, the Botanivore is bloomin' brilliant. An American craft gin with 19 different botanicals, including angelica root, bay laurel, "cilantro" (coriander...  More info
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Ish London Dry Gin
(70cl, 41%)
A beautiful quintuple-distilled made in the centre of London. This is made with 12 botanicals as well as good quality grain spirit. Ish London Dry Gin is great in a Martini!  More info
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£30.59
A super creamy gin from Foxdenton Estate, this is made with organic botanicals. Various batches were tried until perfection was reached, each time the batches would be based on Coriander and...  More info
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£25.73
Lighthouse Gin
(70cl, 42%)
A crisp, rich batch-distilled New Zealand gin, Lighthouse is made with nine botanicals which are distilled in a copper still. The result is a herbal, citrusy, spicy spirit...  More info
£36.48
Bombay Sapphire
(70cl, 40%)
One of the best known and most delicately perfumed gins in the world, Bombay Sapphire makes an excellent Martini, and is great as a base for a Gin and Tonic.  More info
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£20.50
Old English Gin
(70cl, 44%)
Oldy-timey gin from Hammer & Son, made with 11 botanicals to a recipe from 1783 and distilled in the oldest working pot still in England! It's even presented in an oldy-timey fashion, in a recycled...  More info
£34.95
Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin features a particularly intricate recipe, with 30 different botanicals in the mix, including thyme, sloe and rose hip, among (many) others. As if that wasn't enough, the...  More info
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£48.22
A barrel aged gin from the excellent Smooth Ambler craft distillery in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Their wonderfully citrus-led Greenbrier Gin is aged for 3 months in a combination of 50% virgin...  More info
£49.45
Made by Belgian distillers, Filliers, their Barrel Aged Gin is made with the Dry Gin 28, featuring 28 carefully considered botanicals and the essential juniper berry, which has been matured for around...  More info
£33.95
One Key Gin
(70cl, 40%)
One Key Gin is produced in Slovenia and features a selection of botanicals including coriander, ginger and juniper. It comes presented in a pretty intriguing bottle, which is... Well, it's a big...  More info
£36.53
Greenhook Gin is produced in a custom built copper alembic still made to work with a mercury vacuum, which reduces atmospheric pressure in the still.

The science pays off with a blend of...  More info
£43.50
Based on the original Filliers Dry Gin 28 recipe, this seasonal edition has been created by Master Distiller Pedro Saez Del Burgo using the finest tangerines from Valencia, harvested exclusively...  More info
£32.50
Sloe Bloom
(50cl, 28%)
Sloe Bloom might sound like the name of a indie-rock band, but we're rather happy that it's actually the name of a sloe gin from G&J Greenall, the folks who brought us the very tasty Bloom Gin. It is...  More info
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£22.47
Tottering Sloe Gin
(70cl, 27%)
An incredible sloe gin created by Foxdenton especially for Lord Tottering's shooting parties. This is a wonderful sloe gin best served on hot summer afternoons with chilled champagne.  More info
£27.91
The Bramley & Gage Sloe Gin is made from hand-picked hedgerow sloes and their own gin distilled from juniper, coriander and cardamom among other botanicals.  More info
£20.20
A Dutch gin by way of America. With a recipe discovered by drinks historian Dr. David Wondrich in the early 19th century book 'The Practical Distiller', the New York Distilling Company is making what...  More info
£42.45
A deeply dark and massively flavoursome blackcurrant gin the Swedish distillery which was crowned Gin Grand Master at the 2013 Spirit Masters Awards, Hernö. It is made with their 'Swedish Excellent'...  More info
£40.08
Strawberry Bank make this superb Damson gin flavoured with pure damson juice, gin and cane sugar. The damsons themselves are grown in orchards in Lyth Valley, Cumbria, and it really is a lovely...  More info
£16.81
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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£30.86
Ungava Gin
(70cl, 43.10%)
Ungava is a very intriguing Canadian Gin, made using six rare, botanicals which bestow upon it a distinctive flavour profile and the natural, vibrant colour. These hand-picked botanicals include...  More info
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