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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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Ideal Dry Gin - 1970s
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Spanish gin from the '70s, distilled by Bernado Vila y Cia. Rare, collectible and rather large indeed, sitting at 100cl.  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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An antique bottling of Bosford Extra Dry Gin, produced in the 1960s by Martini & Rossi in Italy. If we had to name our favourite gin with a squirrel on the label, this would definitely be up there.  More info
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An astonishingly large bottle of Beefeater London Dry Gin, produced in the 1970s. It holds a whole gallon of the classic junipery drink. To help you pour your gin, this big bottle of Beefeater comes...  More info
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Despite having a picture of Southwark, London on the bottle label, this antique Holloway's Sloe Gin was actually made in America! It was made under the supervision of Holloway's Distillery in London...  More info
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