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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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6 o'Clock Gin
(70cl, 43%)
6 O'Clock gin is made by Bramley and Gage - top English liqueur producers, and the gin itself is made with just 7 botanicals including elderflowers and citrus peel.  More info
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£24.10
A very handy gift set featuring a bottle of the tasty 6 o'Clock, presented in a stylish box alongside four 200ml bottles of 6 o'Clock Indian Tonic Water. As you can guess, these go together...  More info
£28.95
This London dry gin is named after the famous crossroads in the St Giles parish of London.

Seven Dials sits between St Giles and Soho. The area was urbanised in the late 1600s where seven streets...  More info
£40.95
A dry gin from the A. van Wees distillery de Ooievaar, a top producer of traditional Dutch genever in Amsterdam. This English influenced gin is made using just two botanicals, juniper (obviously) and...  More info
£21.01
Adnams First Rate Gin
(70cl, 48%)
A fabulous higher-than-average proof gin from the Southwold-based Adnams Brewery. Big and full-bodied, and rated Best New Product at the CLASS Magazine Awards 2011.  More info
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£29.65
Adnams Sloe Gin 50cl
(50cl, 26%)
A very tasty sloe gin from Adnams Brewery. Very creamy, tangy and tart with hints of plum and almond oil.  More info
£23.26
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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£30.86
Anno Kent Dry Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Anno Kent Dry Gin is one of the first gins to be distilled in Kent since the 1800s (there's also one that's made literally 15 feet from my desk). Fresh and flavourful with a superb selection of...  More info
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£29.29
Anthology of Gin
(80cl, 45.90%)
The gorgeous Anthology of Gin pack from Gin Foundry contains four different 20cl ceramic bottles of gin, each one highlighting a particular style. One is a malty Genever, one is a sweet Old Tom, one...  More info
£79.95
Audemus, from the heart of Cognac, make their Pink Pepper Gin with hand-picked pink peppercorns and a selection of other botanicals including honey, vanilla and cardamom, which are macerated...  More info
£39.48
A rare 1960s gin, this bottling of Austin’s Silver Cat was produced in Bologna for the Italian market.  More info
£144.00
Aviation Gin
(70cl, 42%)
A batch distilled Gin from America, Aviation Gin offers a Dutch style and it was distilled from rye and flavoured with Juniper, Lavender, Anise, Sarsaparilla, Orange peel and Cardamom.  More info
£32.97
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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£61.75
Bath Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Bath Gin comes from the glorious county of Somerset and, unsurprisingly, from the wonderful city of Bath. The Bath Gin Company was born from the folks at the Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street. Their gin...  More info
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£36.50
Bathtub Gin
(70cl, 43.30%)
An extraordinary award-winning gin, produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. Made using the traditional method of Cold Compounding (or in layman’s terms – infusing). Very high quality...  More info
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£32.95
A 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin' release from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. Epic concentration, huge nose, massive punch. The best gin EVER for a Last Word? We think so.

It's made with the...  More info
£34.95
This is the Navy-Strength edition of the famous Bathtub Gin from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. As well as boasting a higher ABV than the original Bathtub Gin, this edition also has a bigger...  More info
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£42.95
Our pale blue dot has made its yearly trip around the sun once more, which means it's high time for the 2014 edition of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Sloe Gin!

Almost half a pound of the finest...  More info
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£25.95
Bathtub Gin Cask-Aged
(50cl, 43.30%)
Cask-Aged Gin from that marvellous Professor Cornelius Ampleforth fellow! Made by taking tiny "octave" casks (roughly a fifth of the capacity of standard hogsheads), and filling them with the...  More info
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£24.95
Bathtub Old Tom Gin
(50cl, 42.40%)
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth has been at it again, and this time he’s recreated a traditional style of gin that was very popular in 18th and 19th century England. Old Tom is a slightly sweetened...  More info
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£25.95
The recipe for Beckett's Gin is based on simplicity and quality, with only 6 botanicals used; juniper, lime, orris root, sweet orange peel, coriander and Kingston Upon-Thames mint. Infused with...  More info
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£31.50
A big Beefeater from the 1990s. This collectible 100cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin is in great condition and would make many fine Gin Martinis.  More info
£96.00
Beefeater 24
(70cl, 45%)
A more recent addition to the Beefeater range. When creating Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne knew he had to come up with something totally different for his selection of botanicals. He used tea! The 12...  More info
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£24.56
Wellity, wellity, wellity. The big boys are cask-aging gin! Interestingly, Beefeater age their specially distilled small batch spirit in casks previously used for Jean de Lillet.  More info
£72.98
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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£17.40
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