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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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Origin Gin
Good lord! Lord Gin from the 1980s! What a snazzy little collectible piece from over 20 years ago.  More info
$150.01
This is a hard-to-find bottle of Dry Gin, produced by Marqués del Real Tesoro in the 1960s. Marqués del Real Tesoro, whom are based in Spain, are actually better known for producing Sherry rather than...  More info
$281.27
Martin Miller's
(70cl, 40%)
Martin Miller's gin is distilled in pot stills and shipped to Iceland, where it is mixed with Icelandic spring water. It is flavoured with Tuscan juniper, cassia bark, angelica, Florentine orris...  More info
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$38.03
The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded this 97 points and declared this the best gin in the world and the spirit of the year. Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength is citrussy and spicy, with a lovely...  More info
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$49.94
A rare Spanish gin from the 1950s, this Mascaro Dry was made to a traditional family recipe and comes in a very pretty bottle. No abv is displayed on the bottle.  More info
$281.27
A London Dry Gin from God's Own County! Masons use Harrogate spring water for their gins along with juniper, a proportion of which is from their own bushes, and a combination of secret botanicals...  More info
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$62.49
A rare, 1960s bottle of JMV Special Dry Gin White Label, produced by Masso in Spain. The label has been scuffed just a little bit, but it is otherwise in splendid condition. A collectible...  More info
$281.27
This may be a London Dry Gin but it is actually made in Spain in the 1970's and is a collectable item.  More info
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$187.51
Mombasa Club London Dry Gin tales its name from a private social club founded in 1885, whom imported gin from England to the island of Zanzibar for their members to enjoy. Mombasa Club London Dry Gin...  More info
$56.11
Monkey 47 Dry Gin
(50cl, 47%)
An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient. No, not that! Cranberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the...  More info
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$59.13
Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
(50cl, 29%)
The superbly packaged Monkey 47 Sloe gin is a peppery, tangy, complex spirit made by macerating Black Forest sloes in spirit for three months.  More info
$79.30
Monson's Dry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
A citrus-forward dry gin from France, in a rather traditional-looking bottle. A good choice for use in cocktails and long drinks.  More info
$24.14
Napue Gin
(50cl, 46.30%)
The "Adventurous Rye Rye Gentlemen" at the Kyrö Distillery in Isokyrö, Finland produce the small batch Napue Gin using rye grain and the finest botanicals which give off a nose rich in meadow sweet...  More info
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$49.83
NB Gin
(70cl, 42%)
NB Gin is made in North Berwick, Scotland, by a husband and wife distilling duo using a still which was custom-built in London. The gin itself is made from 100% British grain spirit and 8 carefully...  More info
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$44.53
No. 209 Gin
(70cl, 46%)
The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini. The name is derived from the fact that the distillery...  More info
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$52.52
No.3 Gin
(70cl, 46%)
A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. Made to a special recipe, the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. With juniper at its heart, it's also made with three fruits...  More info
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$50.52
Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin is a rather intriguing Spanish gin made with an Albariño-grape-based spirit, rather than your more commonly seen grain-based spirit, along with 14 botanicals including...  More info
$55.39
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
$52.43
A premium strength Scottish gin flavoured with saffron - one of the world's most prized commodities. It has a gently spicy flavour, and a faintly yellow hue.  More info
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$40.16
Old Raj Dry Gin is made by WM Cadenhead, bottlers of excellent whisky and, so it seems, makers of brilliant dry gin. This spicy, floral gin includes the valuable and rare ingredient saffron!  More info
$36.92
A rare 1960s bottling of London Dry Gin produced for export to the Italian market.  More info
$468.78
One Key Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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
$59.13
A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin...  More info
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$36.35
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 Istog in...  More info
$56.18
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 Klanac in...  More info
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