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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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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
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An initially citrus-led gin with soft juniper character. It's produced by Smooth Ambler, a fantastic craft distillery situated in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, up in the picturesque Appalachian...  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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Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
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Brennen & Brown Gin
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Gin with ginger in the gin. Say that 10 times really fast and you'll probably get tongue tied and a little bit parched, so some Brennen & Brown Gin might be just the thing you'll need. It's a vibrant...  More info
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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
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An excellent london dry gin, this was created by Christopher Hayman, a man with over 40 years experience in the gin world. He uses juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peel to craft his distinctive...  More info
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Pickering's Gin
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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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Gentleman Badger loves nothing more than to discuss important political matters with Colonel Fox and to sip a gorgeous sloe gin, so much so that he had one named after him!

Using a base of Colonel...  More info
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The ‘Origin’ range of London Dry Gins is a unique proposition for the discerning gin-lover. Each one is distilled using juniper gathered from one single location – in this instance from Skopje in...  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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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.

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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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Following on from FEW's sensational Barrel-Aged Gin, this is a global first. A cask strength release that's been made exclusively for Master of Malt by these craft distillers based in Evanston...  More info
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One Key Gin
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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
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A full litre bottle of the lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. Very zesty and fruity and perfect in cocktails!  More info
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A Scottish dry gin made by Glen Catrine Distillers.  More info
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An old, old bottle of Gordon's Gin, coming from the 1970s. Great collectible pieces, these. Proper classics of the spirits world.  More info
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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
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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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Ginnifer Golden Gin
(70cl, 49%)
Small batch craft gin from Western Australia aged in French Oak Barriques! Helpfully, the Great Southern Distilling Company have added that this gin was "made with juniper" on the label. Thanks for...  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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Xellent Gin
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A Swiss gin, made with a base of high-quality rye grain spirit, seasoned with 25 botanicals including Edelweiss, woodruff, elderflower, lemon balm and lavender - the latter two are grown by Master...  More info
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Broker's Gin (47%)
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The higher strength edition of Broker's Gin weighs in at 47% ABV, and with it comes a creamy mouth feel and a boost in botanical character. It still maintains the powerful dryness, slightly herbal...  More info
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