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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 London dry gin is named after the famous crossroads in the St Giles parish of London.

Seven Dials sits between St Giles and Soho. The area was urbanised in the late 1600s where seven streets...  More info
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The eponymous Scottish gin infused with rose and cucumber is presented here with a teacup and saucer for enjoying Hendricks based cocktails in whilst taking high tea with the Mad Hatter.  More info
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A high strength Plymouth gin, this is a rich and flavourful gin, supplied to the Royal Navy for nearly 200 years.  More info
£35.19
Hernö Gin
(50cl, 40.50%)
With a tagline like "Swedish Excellence", we were expecting big things from this Hernö Gin. Then we did some more research and discovered Hernö won the most awards at the Gin Masters 2013 - our...  More info
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£29.65
Origin is a cold-distilled juniper-only gin, made using juniper from one specific location. This allows gin lovers to explore the effect of terroir, a unique proposition in the world of artisan...  More info
£35.95
A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and...  More info
£37.24
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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£21.68
Twisted Nose Gin comes from the picturesque city of Winchester in Hampshire. It is made in very small batches in traditional copper stills. The botanical selection includes juniper, grapefruit zest...  More info
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£32.83
Martin Miller's
(70cl, 40%)
Martin Miller's gin is distilled in pot stills and shipped to Iceland, where it is mixed with Icelandic spring water. It is flavoured with Tuscan juniper, cassia bark, angelica, Florentine orris...  More info
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£24.52
Tanqueray Rangpur
(70cl, 41.30%)
Something different here from Tanqueray. This gin is flavoured with Rangpur limes, also known as a mandarin orange. These highly acidic fruits, actually orange in colour, impart a fresh, zesty zing to...  More info
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£24.25
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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£19.01
Two Birds' Mark Gamble has set out to bottle his passion for the British Countryside with a range of small batch spirits. Using a still he designed and built himself, he uses juniper and 4 other...  More info
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£29.57
Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin is made with handpicked Shetland botanicals, from juniper to angelica, marsh marigold to the delightfully named sea pink. If you're looking for an extra zing in your gin...  More info
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£34.23
This gin was released by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road No...  More info
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£24.08
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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£31.21
Hendrick's Gin
(70cl, 41.40%)
Quirky producer Hendricks make their pot-still distilled gin using cucumber as one of the primary botanicals. This makes for a unique, tasty and incredibly refreshing Gin.  More info
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£26.59
Superb quality, soft London Dry Gin, Whitley Neill is made by an independent distillery with 4 generations of family heritage. They base this on African botanicals, including the Baobab Tree and...  More info
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£23.37
Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium - which everyone knows is a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious…  More info
£27.48
SW4 London Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A premium and very tasty gin, SW4 is made in the style of the original London Dry Gins from the early 1800s. These original gins work brilliantly with tonic or even just neat…  More info
£18.71
An English gin, distilled at Herefordshire, from the same company that make Chase potato vodka. This is distilled from organic apples, and has a lovely crisp, fruity flavour.  More info
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£32.17
Beautiful quadruple-distilled gin made by Charles Maxwell in London. It is flavoured with botanicals including cinnamon, angelica, bergamot and gardenia and has a slight blue tint.  More info
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£29.44
Produced on the Falls Farm in Northamptonshire by Warner Edwards, Harrington Dry is a delicious gin. It's based on barley spirit which is flavoured with eleven botanicals sourced from farms in Wales...  More info
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£37.22
Dodd's Gin is The London Distillery Company's first gin produced solely in London, following the release of their Anglo-American Testbed 1 gin samples in 2012. It's named after Ralph Dodd, who back in...  More info
£34.45
No. 209 Gin
(70cl, 46%)
The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini. The name is derived from the fact that the distillery...  More info
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£33.61
A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin...  More info
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£26.81

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