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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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This is a limited-edition navy-strength gin from FEW Spirits and makes for a cracking G'n'T or Martini.

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Fifty Pounds Gin
(70cl, 43.50%)
This is fifty... Fifty Pounds gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those...  More info
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$53.79
Produced in the 1960s, this is a rare bottle of Fighting Cock London Dry Gin. The brand is more well known for their Fighting Cock Bourbon, affectionately known as "the Kickin' Chicken." This bottle...  More info
$244.57
Filliers Dry Gin 28
(50cl, 46%)
Originally created in 1928 by Firmin Filliers, Filliers Dry Gin 28 also uses 28 botanicals in addition to juniper. It is a small batch gin created in copper stills.

The Filliers family had been...  More info
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$57.42
Made by Belgian distillers, Filliers, their Barrel Aged Gin is made with the Dry Gin 28, featuring 28 carefully considered botanicals and the essential juniper berry, which has been matured for around...  More info
$57.66
Based on the original Filliers Dry Gin 28 recipe, this seasonal edition has been created by Master Distiller Pedro Saez Del Burgo using the finest tangerines from Valencia, harvested exclusively...  More info
$55.20
A sloe gin from the brilliant Belgian distillery, Filliers. Whilst you might see sloe gin as a purely British commodity, like fish & chips or tweed jackets, the talented folks at Filliers certainly...  More info
$47.98
From Belgian distillers Filliers' comes another variation on their Dry Gin 28, this time featuring a fresh breeze of pine blossom running through its centre. Rich and earthy, the Filliers' Dry Gin 28...  More info
$54.26
The award-winning Dry Gin 28 Tangerine Edition returns for 2014, along with a handsome branded glass in this bright, sprightly set.

The Belgian, citrus-forward gin features a recipe based on their...  More info
$55.96
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
$47.32
Finsbury London Gin is a dry gin made to an 18th Century method and a recipe which remains a very well-kept secret. Anyway, it is a rich, aromatic spirit with perfumed flavours that leave it...  More info
$60.26
A bottling of Finsbury Dry Gin from the early 1980s. Made to a closely-guarded 18th century recipe (still used to this day), this delicious gin is part of a long history and tradition.  More info
$122.29
Foxdenton Damson Gin
(70cl, 18.50%)
Produced by the wonderful Foxdenton Estate, this is a smartly packaged bottle of their excellent Damson Gin - a rich, jammy, fruity spirit which works beautifully in a Damson Fizz (a mix of Champagne...  More info
$40.61
A delicious sloe gin from Foxdenton. This is no sweet liqueur, this is a real, dry gin which is destined for neat sipping, or cocktails. It is only gently sweetened with sugar, and is made with...  More info
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A super creamy gin from Foxdenton Estate, this is made with organic botanicals. Various batches were tried until perfection was reached, each time the batches would be based on Coriander and...  More info
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$43.70
Foxdenton Raspberry Gin
(70cl, 21.50%)
Raspberry Gin from the Foxdenton Estate created from their excellent London Dry Gin.  More info
$40.61
G'Vine Floraison
(70cl, 40%)
Produced in the French region of Cognac, G'Vine is a hint as to what this unique gin contains. It's actually infused with Ugni Blanc grape, as well as some more standard botanicals including ginger...  More info
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$53.01
G'Vine Nouaison Gin
(70cl, 43.90%)
A limited edition French gin made using batch distillation in a copper pot still before flavouring. This is distilled from the Ugni Blanc grape (a favourite variety used in Cognac production) and is...  More info
$71.91
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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$43.82
Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium - which everyone knows is a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious…  More info
$46.67
Gilbey's Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
A classically styled London Dry Gin, Gilbey's is intensely flavoured, and works well in cocktails.  More info
$25.68
This is an antique bottle of Gilbey's London Dry Gin, produced for the European market. It was made in the 1970s and bottled at 43% ABV. Sadly, over the years the label has acquired a battle-scar in...  More info
$203.81
A staggeringly old antique bottle of gin, produced some time between 1949 and 1959 by Gilbey's.  More info
$305.72
A 1 litre bottle of the classic Gilbey's London Dry Gin, produced way back when in the 1960s. It's even got a little sticker showing how proud they are that it's bigger than a quart. Just as long as...  More info
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A 1970s bottling of Gilbey’s London Dry Gin, produced in Italy. It was bottled at 46.2%.  More info
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