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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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Bottled in the 1960s, this bottle of Curtis London Dry Gin has your name on it. Of course, this only applies to people called Curtis. Otherwise, it's still a very attractive piece of spirit history.  More info
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A lovely gift set of Fifty Pounds Gin with two glasses. We're positive that giving someone a gift set with two glasses means they pretty much have to pour you at least one drink. Win/win!  More info
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Hill Thomson & Co. might be better known for their Queen Anne Blended Scotch Whisky, but they were also a dab hand at making gin in the 1960s, as evident from this antique bottle of their Old Gentry...  More info
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A collectable bottle of Buton's Dry Gin from the 1960's no less, that's impressive!  More info
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This joyous looking bottle of A. B. Grant’s London Dry Gin is from 1949-59, an incredibly rare piece of gin history.  More info
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Bombay Sapphire is one of the most popular London Dry Gins, now available with the addition of Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns, taking the total of botanicals to a round dozen in this...  More info
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This bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin was bottled in the 1970s. The exciting thing about antique spirits is that they were often made using different production methods and sources of ingredients to...  More info
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This is a higher ABV edition of the Lighthouse Gin, from New Zealand's Greytown Fine Distillates. With the original sitting at 42% ABV, the 57% ABV Hawthron Edition packs quite a punch but still...  More info
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Indian Summer makes use of one of the world's most costly spices by weight, saffron. The pricey spice is infused into the gin, which has imparted intense, sweet and subtly earthy notes. It was bottled...  More info
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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.

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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
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Strawberry Bank make this superb Damson gin flavoured with pure damson juice, gin and cane sugar. The damsons themselves are grown in orchards in Lyth Valley, Cumbria, and it really is a lovely...  More info
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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
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A surprisingly smooth London ‘Cut’ Dry Gin created from the Irish Whey Spirit Knockeen Hills distil for their Poteen. This version uses Elderflower as one of the botanicals.  More info
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This is a delicious sloe-flavoured gin liqueur from London's top wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was made with the best wild, ripe sloe berries.  More info
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A rare bottle of Crown Jewel London Dry Gin, originally made by Beefeater in 1993, but it was discontinued in 2009 with the introduction of Beefeater 24. It's bottled at 50% ABV and features a...  More info
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Silver medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, this unusual London ‘Cut’ Dry Gin is made from five-times distilled Irish whey spirit!  More info
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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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From Scotland's first micro-distillery comes the Strathearn Heather Rose Gin, featuring the sweet, vibrantly floral combination of classic Scottish heather and delicate rose. An excellent Summer...  More info
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"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
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Award-winning Certified Organic Gin made from 4 botanicals: juniper berries, coriander, savory and angelica root. Well worth a try.  More info
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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.

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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
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