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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 dry gin from the A. van Wees distillery de Ooievaar, a top producer of traditional Dutch genever in Amsterdam. This English influenced gin is made using just two botanicals, juniper (obviously) and...  More info
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In the time old tradition of naming things after the postcode they were created in (my brother's name is UB8), SW4 is a London dry gin distilled in the capital. The ABV of this smaller batch version...  More info
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Xoriguer Mahon Gin
(70cl, 38%)
Xoriguer is a classic gin from Mahon, Menorca, first made for British sailors whom were stationed on the island in the 18th century who were hankering for some gin (happens to all of us every once in...  More info
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Made by two friends on a farm in Northamptonshire, Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin is absolutely wonderful. And now, they've got a sloe gin to their name too! Infused with local, hand-picked sloes...  More info
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Shortcross Gin
(70cl, 46%)
Shortcross Gin is made by Northern Irish craft gin distillery, Rademon Estate. This small batch gin is made using their custom made still, which features a 450 litre copper pot still and two...  More info
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This is sloe gin is made to organic standards from wild, hand-picked hedgerow sloes. The sloes are then left to infuse in the gin with lots of sugar to create this IWSC Silver award-winning drink.  More info
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Ginnifer Golden Gin
(70cl, 49%)
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Warner Edwards Gin might be rather new, but they've already been winning awards, and what's more, they're already expanding their range with a scrummy Elderflower Gin! The two friends behind Warner...  More info
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Broker's Gin (47%)
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The higher strength edition of Broker's Gin weighs in at 47% ABV, and with it comes a creamy mouth feel and a boost in botanical character. It still maintains the powerful dryness, slightly herbal...  More info
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A special edition, higher strength bottling of the very popular (and very tasty) Geranium London Dry Gin. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the brand, they've created a gin bottled at 55% ABV...  More info
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A 1995 bottling of Gordon’s London Dry Gin for the export market, featuring juniper berries on the label. Handsome and collectible.  More info
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To make a Navy Strength Gin, some distillers would simply used the same recipe as their classic gin, just with less dilution, so the ABV hits the requisite 57%. The American craft distillery Leopold...  More info
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Bombay Sapphire 1.5l
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An exceptional London dry gin, Bombay Sapphire is triple distilled and flavoured using a vapour infusion method, whereby the spirit passes through a copper basket filled with 10 different botanicals...  More info
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Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin features a particularly intricate recipe, with 30 different botanicals in the mix, including thyme, sloe and rose hip, among (many) others. As if that wasn't enough, the...  More info
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Burleighs London Dry Gin Distiller's Cut is made with a recipe which offers up a fabulous flavour profile, that works excellently in cocktails. Try it in a Negroni or a Martinez, or find your own...  More info
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Greenall's Gin is a smooth, crisp, easy-going sort of a gin which works well as a mixer in a Gin and Tonic…  More info
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Bulldog Bold
(100cl, 47%)
Bottled at a higher proof, Bulldog Bold is a full-flavoured version of Bulldog gin, which already has a chock-a-block palate of dragon eye, citrus, poppy seed and a hearty handful of juniper berries...  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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We all had our hands up for enjoying a good American gin - well this time, put up your hands if you like tasty, barrel aged American gin... Okay, that's all of you again. Well good, because GrandTen...  More info
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This rare dry gin was created to Mr Bryant's recipe and bottled, we believe, between 1949 and 1959 by the Martini and Rossi company.  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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