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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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Sloane's Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A lovely little dry gin made by Sloane's in the Netherlands. It is named after the 18th century botanist Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have discovered many of the plants used to flavour gins today...  More info
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£27.66
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
£37.95
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
Zuidam Dutch Courage
(70cl, 44.50%)
Zuidam's wonderfully named Dutch Courage is a rich dry gin from Holland. It is based on grain spirit, which is flavoured with the very best botanicals. Made in small batches, this is a crisp and...  More info
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£28.84
Made using hand picked sloes which are steeped in London gin and sugar, Lyme Bay Winery's Sloe Gin Reserve Liqueur is a decadent way to enjoy the brilliant fruitiness of the noble sloe berry.  More info
£15.86
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
An old bottle of Booth's High & Dry, once claimed to be the driest gin in the world. No longer in production, this was bottled in the 1970s. The label is at a pleasingly jaunty angle.

Already sold...  More info
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£120.00
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
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
London Hill Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A premium gin which was awarded Golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competitions in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The judges described it as "the epitome of London Dry Gin".  More info
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£15.11
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
£33.55
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
£37.84
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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£19.45
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
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
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
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
£38.92
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
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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£19.96
D1 London Gin
(70cl, 40%)
D1 London Gin wonderfully marries classic aspects of the juniper-based spirit with contemporary characteristics. D. J. Limbrey Distilling Co. use a narrow cut of triple-distilled grain spirit and a...  More info
£42.45
A special edition, higher strength bottling of the very popular (and very tasty) Geranium London Dry Gin. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the brand, they've created a gin bottled at 55% ABV...  More info
£50.90
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
Gordon's Gin 1l
(100cl, 37.50%)
A litre bottle of the very famous Gordon's Gin. It is triple distilled and flavoured with coriander seeds, juniper berries, angelica and one more secret botanical.  More info
£28.99
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