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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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An old, old bottle of Gordon's Gin, coming from the 1970s. Great collectible pieces, these. Proper classics of the spirits world.  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
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Hammer London Dry Gin
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A London Dry Gin from Norwegian producer Hammer.  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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Ish Limed Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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Although most of the botanicals used to make the Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin come from Misiones, Argentina, the gin itself is made in Mendoza. The botanicals include peppermint, eucalyptus...  More info
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Hayman's Sloe Gin
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A traditional Sloe gin from Hayman's, this is made by steeping the sloes in Hayman's gin before blending with natural sugar. Bittersweet and intense in flavour, we love it.  More info
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Jensen Old Tom Gin
(70cl, 43%)
A soft, sweet gin harkening back to the mid 19th century. Jensen's Old Tom is naturally sweet with a great number of botanicals.  More info
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Using a base of Colonel...  More info
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Heritage Organic Doug Fir Gin is a massively fragrant expression, loving made by Bainbridge Distillers in Washington State, USA. The botanicals used for Heritage are all organically grown by family...  More info
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A new bottle and a new ABV for Edgerton London Pink Gin. The vibrant pink hue and crisp, citrus-forward flavour profile remains wonderfully intact. Edgerton is made in London using 15 botanicals...  More info
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Jensen Bermondsey Gin
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Junipero Gin
(70cl, 49.30%)
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Big Gin
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The delicious Death's Door gin is incredibly simple, only featuring three botanicals (and that's including the juniper!). However, it still packs a brilliant flavour and is bottled at a higher abv...  More info
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A sloe gin from the brilliant Belgian distillery, Filliers. Whilst you might see sloe gin as a purely British commodity, like fish & chips or tweed jackets, the talented folks at Filliers certainly...  More info
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Made by Belgian distillers, Filliers, their Barrel Aged Gin is made with the Dry Gin 28, featuring 28 carefully considered botanicals and the essential juniper berry, which has been matured for around...  More info
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This superbly crisp, aromatic cucumber-flavoured gin was launched by Gordon's in 2013. It is based on Gordon's classic London Dry Gin and is flavoured naturally with cucumber. The result is something...  More info
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