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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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Created in 1820 by James Burroughs, Beafeater is real classic London Dry Gin, with a spiced, fruity flavour. This particular bottle is a rare litre bottling from the early 1980s.  More info
From Tanqueray's Bar Series Number 1 comes this 2010 vintage "Tonight's Edition", packaged in a handsomely silver-wrapped bottle. Lovely stuff.  More info
Mayfair Dry Gin
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This gin uses a variety of botanicals including juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, rubbed savoury, orris powder and a selection of others to create a full-bodied gin.  More info
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Classic Beefeater Gin presented in this handsome limited edition "Inside London" bottle. The Jubil-ympic-tastic design captures the spirit of good old blighty!  More info
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A limited edition 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...  More info
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An incredible vintage dry gin distilled in the Shetland islands in 2008, this was distilled using a variety of delicious local botanicals including wild water mint, sea pink, juniper, meadow sweet...  More info
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The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength, with a free cocktail shaker! Perfect for mixing martinis in.  More info
Richmond London Dry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
Richmond London Dry Gin is a fairly basic gin that would be suited for use in cocktails rather than enjoying neat.  More info
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Imagin Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Imagin is a beautiful gin from Sweden, made with juniper and 11 other botanicals. The main flavours that come through are citrus, aromatic herbs and rich spices. A creamy, rounded spirit that we can...  More info
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Gordon's Yellow Label Gin is a favourite on the Continent, and is a higher-than-usual strength bottling made to the original recipe of Alexander Gordon. A classic, and the requisite spirit in many...  More info
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Gordon's Yellow Label
(70cl, 37.50%)
A lower strength version of Gordon's Yellow Label gin - the original recipe created by Alexander Gordon. A great addition to many a fine cocktail.  More info
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Cask-Aged Gin - Batch 2
(50cl, 43.30%)
When Professor Cornelius Ampleforth acquired some octave casks (only 50 litres capacity as opposed to the more usual 250 litre hogshead) what did he decide to do with them? Make cask-aged gin of...  More info
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Sloe Gin - 2012
(50cl, 29%)
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Vintage Sloe Gin is a superior small batch spirit that represents the perfect balance between sweetness, tannic grip, and aromatic richness.

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London Pink 47 Gin
(70cl, 47%)
Pink 47 is a London Dry Gin made with 12 botanicals from around the world, including Italian juniper, two types of angelica, a brace of different corianders, Spanish citrus and almonds, African nutmeg...  More info
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Cowen Sloe Gin
(50cl, 26%)
Produced by the Cowen company, this is a deliciously tart, tangy English sloe gin made with ripe berries and London Dry Gin. It's great when served neat, or long with tonic water and plenty of ice.  More info
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A delicious and very handsomely packaged sloe gin made by top gin distillers, Sipsmith. Expect a lot of rich, puckering fruit and an intense aroma.  More info
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DH Krahn Gin
(75cl, 40%)
Created by Dave Hughes and Scott Krahn, this started out as a college project for two students at Cornell in New York. It is a classic London Dry Gin, made by macerating and re-distilling spirit with...  More info
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Just look how happy the little duckling is on this 1970s bottle of The Duckling London Dry Gin. Wait, that's no duckling! It's a fully grown duck! What the hell is going on around here?!  More info
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London was a pretty hip, happenin' town in 1976 (well, when has it ever been not hip nor happenin'?), which is when this bottle of Beefeater London Dry Gin was produced. Just look how hip and...  More info
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A rare 1960s gin from the Martini and Rossi company. Bosford is an extra dry gin produced in Italy.  More info
With places like "Anglesey" and "England" in the name, you would expect this Anglesey Old England Dry Gin to be made in somewhere like Bristol. Well, it's not. It was produced in Brescia, Italy, which...  More info
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This gin is from Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James', London.  More info
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A rare German produced dry gin from the 1960s, it was made in Hamburg and bottled at 40% abv.

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A classic 1960s bottling from a classic brand of gin. Does that make this more classic than the film Taxi Driver and Queen's first album? Who can say...  More info
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Another year, another fab Sloe Gin from the Sipsmith distillers in London. Featuring their stupendous gin and wild sloe berries, the 2013 edition of Sipsmith's Sloe Gin is as brilliant as ever -...  More info
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