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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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Why say it with roses when you can say it with Rose Petal Gin? Sweet, floral gin from the English Vodka Company, featuring a botanical selection of juniper, coriander, bay leaf, macadamia nut, citrus...  More info
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What could possibly be better than a Ginvent Calendar in the lead up to this Christmas, I hear you ask? Well, how about the new Craft Ginvent Calendar from Drinks By The Dram and Gin Foundry? 24...  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
$51.95
Damson Gin
(50cl, 22%)
A Damson Gin made by Scots Cheer, who also make Brammle liqueur. Very fruity and fresh tasting.  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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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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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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$76.16
SW4 London Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A premium and very tasty gin, SW4 is made in the style of the original London Dry Gins from the early 1800s. These original gins work brilliantly with tonic or even just neat…  More info
$31.78
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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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
$34.31
South Bank London Dry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
A London Dry Gin named for the Southbank. This is great value for money, and is intended as a mixing product.  More info
$29.79
Following on from their excellent London Dry Gin comes this Speciality Cocktail version, made with the same botanicals but with a bigger juniper kick. Needless to say, it's rather good in cocktails.  More info
$50.22
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
$52.72
From the Sacred craft distillery in Highgate comes the Pink Grapefruit Gin, made using every bit of the grapefruit, from the flesh to the peel to even the pips! It may sound obvious, but by golly does...  More info
$65.34
Chilgrove Dry Gin is a rather exciting spirit, as the base comes not from distilled grain but distilled grapes instead, similar to how it was in the olden days when jenever was distilled from wine in...  More info
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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
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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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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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$25.66
The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. It boasts a phenomenally fruity, spicy palate with big zesty, citrusy top notes which make this gin the perfect all-rounder.  More info
$36.09
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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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
$34.31
The 2013 Citadelle Réserve is a barrel aged gin like no other, as it goes through a Solera ageing process, more commonly used for sherry, brandy and a couple rums.

The casks used for this process...  More info
$55.98
This is sloe gin is made to organic standards from wild, hand-picked hedgerow sloes. The sloes are then left to infuse in the gin with lots of sugar to create this IWSC Silver award-winning drink.  More info
$35.79
A full litre bottle of the lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. Very zesty and fruity and perfect in cocktails!  More info
$46.32
A magnum bottle of Beefeater. This is a classic London Dry Gin created by James Burroughs in 1820. It is still made to the same recipe. Very flavoursome and spicy.  More info
$76.02
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