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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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Adnams Sloe Gin 50cl
(50cl, 26%)
A very tasty sloe gin from Adnams Brewery. Very creamy, tangy and tart with hints of plum and almond oil.  More info
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Gordon's Gin 1.5l
(150cl, 37.50%)
A gin that needs no introduction. Gordon's is a very popular dry gin first created in 1769 by Alexander Gordon. The recipe is only known by four people, and has been a secret for 200 years.  More info
$55.33
In celebration of the 2014 Year of Homecoming in Scotland, the Strathearn distillery in Perthshire have released a gin infused with gorgeous Scottish ingredients, including thistle and heather. A gin...  More info
$52.24
D1 London Gin
(70cl, 40%)
D1 London Gin wonderfully marries classic aspects of the juniper-based spirit with contemporary characteristics. D. J. Limbrey Distilling Co. use a narrow cut of triple-distilled grain spirit and a...  More info
$70.52
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
$80.10
An aged gin from the people who make Dictador Rum which is based on the forula of the company's former president, Dario Parra. After visiting the UK and enjoying what he decided to be God's drink (who...  More info
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$84.24
Renowned for their liqueurs, this sloe gin liqueur from Gabriel Boudier is part of their Bartender Range, made for use in cocktails by professionals and budding mixologists. While this sloe gin...  More info
$30.96
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
$34.90
Finsbury London Gin is a dry gin made to an 18th Century method and a recipe which remains a very well-kept secret. Anyway, it is a rich, aromatic spirit with perfumed flavours that leave it...  More info
$58.94
Sloe Bloom
(50cl, 28%)
Sloe Bloom might sound like the name of a indie-rock band, but we're rather happy that it's actually the name of a sloe gin from G&J Greenall, the folks who brought us the very tasty Bloom Gin. It is...  More info
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$37.33
The recipe for Beckett's Gin is based on simplicity and quality, with only 6 botanicals used; juniper, lime, orris root, sweet orange peel, coriander and Kingston Upon-Thames mint. Infused with...  More info
$52.33
Bombay Sapphire 1.5l
(150cl, 40%)
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
$71.81
From the Strathearn distillery in Perthshire comes a special edition release of their Heather Rose Gin, a highly floral gin perfect for G&Ts in the summer. 140 of these bottles were produced, with one...  More info
$96.28
Pickering's Gin
(70cl, 42%)
Pickering's Gin is distilled in Edinburgh using a recipe found on a piece of paper which was written in 1947. After finely-tuning the ingredients, featuring botanicals like Juniper, Lemon, Lime...  More info
$48.51
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
$54.50
Combining the floral, fresh notes of gin and the rich, oak-y notes of whisky, Strathearn's Oaked Highland Gin is a gin that whisky lovers could certainly get behind. Exciting stuff from Scotland's...  More info
$52.24
From the Sacred craft distillery in Highgate comes the Pink Grapefruit Gin, made using every bit of the grapefruit, from the flesh to the peel to even the pips! It may sound obvious, but by golly does...  More info
$63.91
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
$57.66
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
$44.27
Gilbey's Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
A classically styled London Dry Gin, Gilbey's is intensely flavoured, and works well in cocktails.  More info
$25.12
An old, old bottle of Gordon's Gin, coming from the 1970s. Great collectible pieces, these. Proper classics of the spirits world.  More info
$199.34
Wire Works American Gin
(75cl, 43.90%)
GrandTen Distillers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and helmed by Matthew Nuernberger and Spencer McMinn. Now then, hands up if you like yummy American gin... If your hand is in the air like it...  More info
$66.36
Xellent Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A Swiss gin, made with a base of high-quality rye grain spirit, seasoned with 25 botanicals including Edelweiss, woodruff, elderflower, lemon balm and lavender - the latter two are grown by Master...  More info
$78.46
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
$33.56
A premium strength Scottish gin flavoured with saffron - one of the world's most prized commodities. It has a gently spicy flavour, and a faintly yellow hue.  More info
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