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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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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
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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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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
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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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Damson Gin
(50cl, 22%)
A Damson Gin made by Scots Cheer, who also make Brammle liqueur. Very fruity and fresh tasting.  More info
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Gin from Scotland's first micro-distillery, Strathearn. While their whisky is maturing (they were only founded in 2013), their lovely Scottish gin is ready to enjoy! This is their classic expression...  More info
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Burleigh's Signature London Dry Gin, was inspired by a walk in Burleigh Wood, where master distiller Jamie Baxter happened to come across silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. From...  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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Chilgrove Dry Gin is a rather exciting spirit, as the base comes not from distilled grain but distilled grapes instead, similar to how it was in the olden days when jenever was distilled from wine in...  More info
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The ‘Origin’ range of London Dry Gins is a unique proposition for the discerning gin-lover. Each one is distilled using juniper gathered from one single location – in this instance from Skopje in...  More info
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The first legal distillery in Arkansas since Prohibition, Rock Town are trying their hands at everything, and coming up with some brilliant spirits. Brandon's Small Batch Gin, for example, beat out...  More info
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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
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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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Gordon's Gin 1l
(100cl, 37.50%)
A litre bottle of the very famous Gordon's Gin. It is triple distilled and flavoured with coriander seeds, juniper berries, angelica and one more secret botanical.  More info
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The ‘Origin’ range of London Dry Gins is a unique proposition for the discerning gin-lover. Each one is distilled using juniper gathered from one single location – in this instance from Istog in...  More info
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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
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An excellent london dry gin, this was created by Christopher Hayman, a man with over 40 years experience in the gin world. He uses juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peel to craft his distinctive...  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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From the clever minds and talented hands that brought us Dictador Rum comes an aged Colombian in. Using a botanical selection based on the limon mandarino, a hybrid between a mandarin orange a lemon...  More info
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This is a small batch Damson Gin made using hand-picked British Damsons from Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Damsons give the gin a smoother quality than sloes do and is a great fruity style of...  More info
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Origin is a cold-distilled juniper-only gin, made using juniper from one specific location. This allows gin lovers to explore the effect of terroir, a unique proposition in the world of artisan...  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.

The science pays off with a blend of...  More info
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