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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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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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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
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Distilled in New York, this is the first gin to be produced at the Breuckelen distillery. It's made using locally sourced wheat as well as a mix of botanicals including lemon, rosemary, ginger...  More info
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Hoxton Gin
(70cl, 43%)
A fresh and fruity gin with an impressive array of ethically-sourced ingredients. Coconut, grapefruit, juniper, iris, tarragon and Ginger are macerated for 5 days before a single distillation in 150...  More info
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Hayman's Sloe Gin
(70cl, 26%)
A traditional Sloe gin from Hayman's, this is made by steeping the sloes in Hayman's gin before blending with natural sugar. Bittersweet and intense in flavour, we love it.  More info
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Ish Limed Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A 'limed' ish gin that'll put a citrus twist in your G&T even if you've used all your limes cooking Thai food. (It happens.)  More info
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Gordon's Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured with...  More info
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A sloe gin from the brilliant Belgian distillery, Filliers. Whilst you might see sloe gin as a purely British commodity, like fish & chips or tweed jackets, the talented folks at Filliers certainly...  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
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Junipero Gin
(70cl, 49.30%)
Made by the Anchor Distilling Company, which was founded in 1993. Junipero gin is flavoured with over 12 different botanicals which are redistilled in a small copper still. The botanicals include...  More info
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Heritage Organic Doug Fir Gin is a massively fragrant expression, loving made by Bainbridge Distillers in Washington State, USA. The botanicals used for Heritage are all organically grown by family...  More info
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Bottled at a higher abv than your usual Gordon's Gin, Yellow Label is usually found on mainland Europe, although it does have fans here in Great Britain. Made with the same recipe as the genius...  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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This is a delicious sloe-flavoured gin liqueur from London's top wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was made with the best wild, ripe sloe berries.  More info
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Darnley's View Spiced Gin
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Award-winning Certified Organic Gin made from 4 botanicals: juniper berries, coriander, savory and angelica root. Well worth a try.  More info
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A Scottish dry gin made by Glen Catrine Distillers.  More info
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The delicious Death's Door gin is incredibly simple, only featuring three botanicals (and that's including the juniper!). However, it still packs a brilliant flavour and is bottled at a higher abv...  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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(150cl, 40%)
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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
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Silver medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, this unusual London ‘Cut’ Dry Gin is made from five-times distilled Irish whey spirit!  More info
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