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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 an antique bottle of Isolabella Dry Gin from the 1960s, who are known more for the Sambuca. The label features what is perhaps the most muscular looking horse we've ever seen. Truly...  More info
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Ancient Spanish dry gin, produced in the 1970s by the Jose Selga Torras distillery. Seeing as "Castillo" in Spanish means "Castle" in English, it should come as no surprise that there's a rather...  More info
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Japanese Gin
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Japanese Gin! Well, sort of. It's made in Cambridge, so it's technically English. However, it's a Japanese Gin at heart as it's made using traditional Japanese ingredients, including Shiso (a type of...  More info
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Jensen Bermondsey Gin
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A gin distilled in the style of London gins of old. Bermondsey gin makes a superb martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and incredible nose.  More info
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Jensen Old Tom Gin
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A soft, sweet gin harkening back to the mid 19th century. Jensen's Old Tom is naturally sweet with a great number of botanicals.  More info
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Jodhpur is a London Dry Gin inspired by India, featuring botanicals like coriander, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and angelica from Saxony and Belgium, among others. Well suited to enjoying neat...  More info
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Juan Vicente Vergara produced this collectible bottle of JV Dry Gin over 30 years ago. A curious relic from the 1970s, as it bares a striking resemblance to the old-fashioned bottles of the famous...  More info
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Junipero Gin
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Made by the Anchor Distilling Company, which was founded in 1993. Junipero gin is flavoured with over 12 different botanicals which are redistilled in a small copper still. The botanicals include...  More info
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King of Soho Gin
(70cl, 42%)
This gin is King of the World! Or, at least, it's the King of Soho, which is just as good, as Soho encompasses almost every aspect of the world in a much smaller area. Art, music, culture and now...  More info
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Kintong's Dry Gin, produced over 40 years ago by Spanish distiller Lopez Hermanos. A rare antique from the 1960s.

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Knockeen Hills Elderflower Gin is made using natural Elderflower, among other botanicals. For 24 hours, these botanicals are steeped in their Irish Whey Spirit (which they also make their Poteen with)...  More info
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Silver medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, this unusual London ‘Cut’ Dry Gin is made from five-times distilled Irish whey spirit!  More info
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Langtons No.1 Gin
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Langtons gin uses water filtered through ancient slate beneath the mountain of Skiddaw in the Lake District. Utilising Lakeland ingredients such as local oak bark blend where possible, a total of 11...  More info
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Leopold's Gin
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Small Batch American gin, made using "hand-zested American pummelos". They only make 50 cases of this a year, so it really is small batch.  More info
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Lighthouse Gin
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Little Bird is made using 10 carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a well rounded, citrus-forward London Dry Gin that goes just splendidly in a classic G&T and other bright, gin-based cocktails...  More info
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London 40 Gin
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London 40 is made to the same recipe as Pink 47 but with a reduced alcohol content.  More info
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London Hill Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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A magnum bottle of London Hill. A good quality London Dry Gin which won a Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 3 times!  More info
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