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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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Bombay Sapphire
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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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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
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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
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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
$62.61
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
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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
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The Bluecoat American Dry distilled in a traditional copper pot still and is named after the uniforms worn by the militia in the American Revolution. The botanical recipe is kept secret however the...  More info
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$60.62
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
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Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
(70cl, 41.80%)
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is made in a small distillery in Yarra Valley, Australia. Everything the Four Pillars distillers make is based around their four pillars - the still, the water, the...  More info
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GrandTen Distillers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and helmed by Matthew Nuernberger and Spencer McMinn. Now then, hands up if you like yummy American gin... If your hand is in the air like it...  More info
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Indian Summer makes use of one of the world's most costly spices by weight, saffron. The pricey spice is infused into the gin, which has imparted intense, sweet and subtly earthy notes. It was bottled...  More info
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Warner Edwards Gin might be rather new, but they've already been winning awards, and what's more, they're already expanding their range with a scrummy Elderflower Gin! The two friends behind Warner...  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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Pickering's Gin
(70cl, 42%)
Pickering's Gin is distilled in Edinburgh using a recipe found on a piece of paper which was written in 1947. After finely-tuning the ingredients, featuring botanicals like Juniper, Lemon, Lime...  More info
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This superbly crisp, aromatic cucumber-flavoured gin was launched by Gordon's in 2013. It is based on Gordon's classic London Dry Gin and is flavoured naturally with cucumber. The result is something...  More info
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In celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming in Scotland, the Strathearn distillery in Perthshire have released a gin infused with gorgeous Scottish ingredients, including thistle and heather. A gin...  More info
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This is a small batch Damson Gin made using hand-picked British Damsons from Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Damsons give the gin a smoother quality than sloes do and is a great fruity style of...  More info
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An aged gin from the people who make Dictador Rum which is based on the forula of the company's former president, Dario Parra. After visiting the UK and enjoying what he decided to be God's drink (who...  More info
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$79.22
Made in small batches by the Great Southern Distilling Company in Albany, Western Australia, this gin is made with juniper, coriander seeds, cardamom, anise, angelica root, lemon, oris root and...  More info
$97.72
A Navy Strength, small batch gin from the Swedish distillery Hernö. Navy Strength means that gunpowder would still ignite if some of the high-strength gin was spilt on it. Not sure how much gunpowder...  More info
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$60.38
Boxer Gin
(70cl, 40%)
The Boxer is a crisp London Dry Gin with a wonderfully complex, vibrant flavour. It is based on fresh juniper and a trio of a superb botanicals: orange, lemon and bergamot. The result is truly superb.  More info
$44.32
This is a limited-edition navy-strength gin from FEW Spirits and makes for a cracking G'n'T or Martini.

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$71.08
Origin is a cold-distilled juniper-only gin, made using juniper from one specific location. This allows gin lovers to explore the effect of terroir, a unique proposition in the world of artisan...  More info
$56.16
The Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton is up and running - hooray! This is the inaugural release of their Cotswolds Dry Gin, made with juniper, coriander and angelica root macerated in their pure wheat...  More info
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Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info
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