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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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A lovely gin from Zephyr, this premium spirit makes a fantastic Dry Martini and it's made with elderflower and elderberry. Very tangy and fragrant!  More info
$40.48
Award-winning Certified Organic Gin made from 4 botanicals: juniper berries, coriander, savory and angelica root. Well worth a try.  More info
$36.60
A collectable bottle of Buton's Dry Gin from the 1960's no less, that's impressive!  More info
$204.87
Tanqueray Export Strength
(70cl, 47.30%)
Tanqueray Export Strength is a top-quality London Dry Gin. It is beloved by bartenders for its rich, citrus-led palate.  More info
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$37.22
A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. This was made to a special recipe, and the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. This is made with juniper at its heart, with...  More info
$67.73
The more festive version of Beefeater, this is made with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. It's uch more warming, and richer than the standard edition, and is well worth trying.  More info
$33.48
Cask-Aged Gin - Batch 4
(50cl, 43.30%)
This is the fourth batch of Professor Cornelius Ampleforth's wonderful Cask-Aged Gin. It was made by taking tiny "octave" casks (roughly a fifth of the capacity of standard hogsheads), and filling...  More info
Citadelle Reserve Gin
(70cl, 44%)
Taking Citadelle gin, the distillers took this unusual spirit to Cognac Ferrand's Cellar Master, who aged the gin in small quantities in Château de Bonbonnet's cellars for over 6 months in oak!  More info
$62.60
Does what it says on the label. Bathtub Gin, aged in a 20 litre barrel previously used to hold Bitters. Is Batshit-Mental. Also delicious.  More info
Made originally as a one-way teleportation device, designed to transport you all the way to a Californian forest, the Terroir Gin from St. George Spirits didn't really work.

However, when they...  More info
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$67.43
Aviation Gin
(70cl, 42%)
A batch distilled Gin from America, Aviation Gin offers a Dutch style and it was distilled from rye and flavoured with Juniper, Lavender, Anise, Sarsaparilla, Orange peel and Cardamom.  More info
$56.29
Monkey 47 gin is a superb gin made with 47 hand-graded botanicals (including fresh cranberries!) and soft spring water from the Black Forest. The Distiller's Cut is a refined, complex gin.  More info
$123.89
A wonderful London Dry Gin from Edgerton with a beautiful pink hue! A fine, crisp-tasting gin with zinging citrus top notes - perfect for a Dry Martini with a pink twist!  More info
$43.07
Made using hand picked sloes which are steeped in London gin and sugar, Lyme Bay Winery's Sloe Gin Reserve Liqueur is a decadent way to enjoy the brilliant fruitiness of the noble sloe berry.  More info
$27.08
"And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye... gin?!"

St. George Spirits is American through and through, even when it comes to their gin. Instead of using a neutral base, they've gone...  More info
$67.43
Greenhook Gin is produced in a custom built copper alembic still made to work with a mercury vacuum, which reduces atmospheric pressure in the still.

The science pays off with a blend of...  More info
$74.26
Tanqueray Malacca Gin
(100cl, 40%)
Officially re-launched in the beginning of 2013, Tanqueray's limited edition Malacca is a sweet, spicy gin with increased levels of citrus. This is not dissimilar to some of the old-fashioned styles...  More info
A very smart gift set from Tanqueray, this contains a full-sized bottle of the phenomenal Export Strength, as well as a Spanish Copa glass.  More info
$38.79
A specially vintage dry gin from the Shetlands. This is a high strength Blackwoods gin, flavoured with plants gathered in the Summer of 2007, the flavours used include meadow sweet, wild water mint...  More info
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$46.47
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
$54.02
St. George Spirits' Dry Rye Reposado is like a 3 person tag-team of different drinks!

First, you've got the base of 100% rye grain, just like a rye whiskey, giving it a gloriously malty centre...  More info
$83.57
Discombobulating but delicious, this Batshit Mental gin is made with malt spirit from Scotland and aged for 3 months in England in a cask previously used for a batch of FEW Barrel-Aged American Gin!...  More info
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$49.42
This is a very interesting London Dry Gin which is made to a recipe discovered by a Lieutenant Colonel Fox in 1859. The Colonel was a celebrated war hero, and today his name lives on in the form of...  More info
$37.06
Death's Door gin is a fine American gin made with organic red winter wheat from Washington Island, Wisconsin. Bottled at higher strength than your average gin, this made a great martini. This bottle...  More info
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$63.08
Zuidam Dutch Courage
(70cl, 44.50%)
Zuidam's wonderfully named Dutch Courage is a rich dry gin from Holland. It is based on grain spirit, which is flavoured with the very best botanicals. Made in small batches, this is a crisp and...  More info
$46.91
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