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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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Under the alter-ego of Plym-Gin, this 1960s bottle was produced by those chaps at Plymouth Gin. As good as they are at making great spirits, they really need to get better at thinking up alter-ego...  More info
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Booth's House of Lords gin is decorated with lions, not lords. Perhaps they thought lords wouldn't sell well, but everybody likes lions, right? Classic London Dry Gin from the 1970s.  More info
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A classic gin from the 1970s. Launched in 1959, Bombay Dry Gin preceded Bombay Sapphire, with this 75cl bottling having been produced for export to Italy.  More info
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A zesty burst of lemon along with the classic juniper zing make this 1970s bottle from Plymouth unmissable.  More info
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A lion defends this Nicholson London Dry Gin from the label. However, if you've come this far to hunt down a 1970s gin, don't let him scare you away now!  More info
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Red Hills Dry London Gin was bottled by Buton in Bolgna, Italy, with this rare and collectible bottling dating from the 1950s!  More info
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