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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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Riska Dry Gin - 1970s
(100cl, 40%)
This is a 1970s bottle of Spanish Gin, produced in Andujar (not the Argentine goalkeeper) for the Riska brand. The label looks somewhat familiar, and has a rather stoic-looking lion at its centre.  More info
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Rock Rose Gin
(70cl, 41.50%)
Rock Rose Gin is made at the Dunnet Bay Distillery all the way up in Caithness, Scotland. This very northerly gin features an alluring botanical selection including locally harvested Rhodiola Rosea...  More info
$65.69
The first legal distillery in Arkansas since Prohibition, Rock Town are trying their hands at everything, and coming up with some brilliant spirits. Brandon's Small Batch Gin, for example, beat out...  More info
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Sacred Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Sacred Gin is a hand made gin produced in small batches in London by Ian Hart. It is made with citrus, juniper, cardamom, nutmeg and Hougari frankincense as well as 7 other botanicals. In 2009 it was...  More info
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$48.18
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
$62.94
Saffron Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Boudier's Saffron Gin is an extraordinary gin which gains is marvellous tawny-orange hue with the addition of saffron! Fantastic.  More info
$45.27
A bottle of Sarti Dry Gin, produced between 1949 and 1959. This rare bottle features the adorable face of an orange dog. We're not sure if this pooch is a metaphor for something, but it sure does make...  More info
$294.51
Sarti Dry Gin - 1950s
(75cl, 45%)
No, that's not a lava dog on the label of this Sarti Dry Gin from the 1950s. He's just a little... Okay, yes, it's a lava dog.  More info
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This is a very rare and decidedly retro dry gin made by Seagers of London in the 1970s. Great for making an antique Dry Gin Martini!  More info
$196.34
A bottle of Seager's London Dry Gin, produced in the 1960s, which was around the time that the company who made this gin bought the Laphroaig distillery through Long John Distillery.

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$235.60
They're well known for their Canadian whisky, but Seagram's are also a dab hand at making Extra Dry Gin in Indiana, USA. They're proper globe trotters, they are! This bottle, produced in the 1960s...  More info
$196.34
An imperial quart of Seagram's Extra Dry Gin from the U.S. of A., bottled in the 1960s!  More info
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Shortcross Gin
(70cl, 46%)
Shortcross Gin is made by Northern Irish craft gin distillery, Rademon Estate. This small batch gin is made using their custom made still, which features a 450 litre copper pot still and two...  More info
$65.36
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
(70cl, 41.60%)
Produced in the workshop previously used by the late, great Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not Moonwalker), this super-small-batch artisinal Gin is flavoured with restraint, making it easier for the...  More info
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$44.27
Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
(70cl, 57.70%)
All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery...  More info
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$64.71
Sloane's Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A lovely little dry gin made by Sloane's in the Netherlands. It is named after the 18th century botanist Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have discovered many of the plants used to flavour gins today...  More info
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Sloe Bloom
(50cl, 28%)
Sloe Bloom might sound like the name of a indie-rock band, but we're rather happy that it's actually the name of a sloe gin from G&J Greenall, the folks who brought us the very tasty Bloom Gin. It is...  More info
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$36.76
Sloe Gin - 2014
(50cl, 33.80%)
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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$42.46
Made using hand picked sloes which are steeped in London gin and sugar, Lyme Bay Winery's Sloe Gin Reserve Liqueur is a decadent way to enjoy the brilliant fruitiness of the noble sloe berry.  More info
$25.95
A barrel aged gin from the excellent Smooth Ambler craft distillery in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Their wonderfully citrus-led Greenbrier Gin is aged for 3 months in a combination of 50% virgin...  More info
$80.91
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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Sorel Gin - 1970s
(100cl, 38%)
1970s gin, made by Sorel in Barcelona over 30 years ago. A big ol' 1 litre bottle of it, too! The label has been scuffed a little bit, but the bottle is in good shape otherwise.  More info
$235.60
A top quality, handcrafted gin from the Swedish island of Hven, situated in the Öresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden. It is an organic wheat gin that is both pot distilled and oak matured with...  More info
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$53.44
Boasting a big, but balanced bunch of botanicals, the Botanivore is bloomin' brilliant. An American craft gin with 19 different botanicals, including angelica root, bay laurel, "cilantro" (coriander...  More info
$62.09
A rye whiskey, in gin's clothing. Made with a base of 100% rye, the St. George Dry Rye has a marvellous malty signature, warm and spicy. This is followed up by a small number of classic gin...  More info
$62.09

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