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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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A top quality gin named for Franz de la Boë, who created gin in 1658 as a medicine. He claimed it would cure "one third of all diseases". Whilst it wasn't quite the cure-all he predicted it would be...  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
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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
£20.20
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
£19.64
Brecon Botanicals Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Brecon Botanicals Gin is a tasty Welsh gin made at the Penderyn distillery. It is based on pure grain spirit and a special selection of botanicals. The illustrations were specially engraved and...  More info
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£22.33
A Welsh gin made at the famous whisky distillery, Penderyn. This is flavoured with Juniper from Macedonia, orange peel from Spain, Chinese cassia bark, Sri Lankan liquorice, Madagascan cinnamon...  More info
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£19.14
A big bottle of Brecon Special Reserve Gin from the Penderyn distillery, featuring a bustling selection of botanicals. Juniper from Macedonia, orange peel from Spain, Chinese cassia bark, Sri Lankan...  More info
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Brennen & Brown Gin
(70cl, 43%)
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
£32.00
Distilled in New York, this is the first gin to be produced at the Breuckelen distillery. It's made using locally sourced wheat as well as a mix of botanicals including lemon, rosemary, ginger...  More info
£40.24
Delicious gin from Brockmans. This is made with Bulgarian coriander, blueberries and blackberries as well as bittersweet Valencia orange peels. The result is well balanced and full of flavour.  More info
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£29.33
Broker's Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A fine and tasty gin which has been lauded by critics, Broker's is made with herbs, spices and fruits imported from three continents and blended to be extra dry - yes, that's right people, this is...  More info
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£19.15
Bulldog Bold
(100cl, 47%)
Bottled at a higher proof, Bulldog Bold is a full-flavoured version of Bulldog gin, which already has a chock-a-block palate of dragon eye, citrus, poppy seed and a hearty handful of juniper berries...  More info
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Bulldog Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A delicious English gin made with poppy, dragon eye, lotus leaves, citrus, almond, lavender and various other botanicals (12 in total). This is four times distilled in copper pot stills, and Bulldog...  More info
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£22.84
Burleighs London Dry Gin Distiller's Cut is made with a recipe which offers up a fabulous flavour profile, that works excellently in cocktails. Try it in a Negroni or a Martinez, or find your own...  More info
£42.67
Burleighs London Dry Gin Export Strength, features the same botanical selection as their Signature expression, including the likes of silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. However, it...  More info
£42.67
Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin, was inspired by a walk in Burleigh Wood, where master distiller Jamie Baxter happened to come across silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. From...  More info
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£32.91
This bottling of Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin was distilled in the 1970s. The man the company is named after, Sir Robert Burnett, was once a Sheriff of London. Who wouldn't want a Sheriff...  More info
£120.00
This is a classic bottle of Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin, made all the way back in the 1970s. The brand is still around these days, though it has since lost the "White Satin" name, which is...  More info
£120.00
Buton Dry Gin - 1950s
(75cl, 40%)
This is a very rare bottle of Dry Gin which was produced in Bologna, Italy by the Buton company. It was made in the 1950s and has a delicate aroma. Great in cocktails.  More info
£180.00
Red Hills Dry London Gin, a juniper-based beverage which shares its name with Buton's blended Scotch whisky. This relic amazingly comes from some point between 1949 and 1959.  More info
£180.00
A classically style gin from WM Cadenhead, with plenty of juniper behind it. Surprisingly, it has been bottled at 50% ABV, making for rather punchy G&Ts. WM Cadenhead are also well known for their...  More info
£25.95
Calvert is an American Dry Gin that shares its name with an American whiskey produced by the same company. This bottle was produced in the 1970s, and the label even shows you three potential serves...  More info
£120.00
Caorunn Small Batch Gin
(70cl, 41.80%)
A small batch Scottish gin from the Balmenach distillery in Speyside. Caorunn (pronounced ka-roon), made with a combination of traditional and handpicked botanicals including rowan berry, heather...  More info
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£26.52
Chase are based in Herefordshire and produce a variety of gins and vodkas using a spirit distilled from apples. Unsurprisingly this bottle of gin has a fairly hefty whack of zesty Seville Oranges...  More info
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£35.14
A Dutch gin by way of America. With a recipe discovered by drinks historian Dr. David Wondrich in the early 19th century book 'The Practical Distiller', the New York Distilling Company is making what...  More info
£42.45
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