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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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Brennen & Brown Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Gin with ginger in the gin. Say that 10 times really fast and you'll probably get tongue tied and a little bit parched, so some Brennen & Brown Gin might be just the thing you'll need. It's a vibrant...  More info
£32.00
Following on from their excellent London Dry Gin comes this Speciality Cocktail version, made with the same botanicals but with a bigger juniper kick. Needless to say, it's rather good in cocktails.  More info
£29.57
Diplome Dry Gin
(70cl, 44%)
A gin out of time! Relaunched in 2013 using the same recipe that was perfected in 1945 during WWII; using spices sources from all over Europe and Morocco, macerated in pure beetroot alcohol and...  More info
£36.34
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
£18.08
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
£43.23
Bottled at a higher abv than your usual Gordon's Gin, Yellow Label is usually found on mainland Europe, although it does have fans here in Great Britain. Made with the same recipe as the genius...  More info
£37.29
A full litre bottle of the lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. Very zesty and fruity and perfect in cocktails!  More info
£27.27
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
£31.45
The lower strength version of Tanqueray Export Strength. It boasts a phenomenally fruity, spicy palate with big zesty, citrusy top notes which make this gin the perfect all-rounder.  More info
£21.25
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
£22.95
Audemus, from the heart of Cognac, make their Pink Pepper Gin with hand-picked pink peppercorns and a selection of other botanicals including honey, vanilla and cardamom, which are macerated...  More info
£39.48
Ish Limed Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A 'limed' ish gin that'll put a citrus twist in your G&T even if you've used all your limes cooking Thai food. (It happens.)  More info
£30.95
The 2013 Citadelle Réserve is a barrel aged gin like no other, as it goes through a Solera ageing process, more commonly used for sherry, brandy and a couple rums.

The casks used for this process...  More info
£32.96
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
£29.00
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 Klanac in...  More info
£35.95
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
£29.65
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
£44.50
Burleighs London Dry Gin Export Strength, features the same botanical selection as their Signature expression, including the likes of silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. However, it...  More info
£42.67
The Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton is up and running - hooray! This is the inaugural release of their Cotswolds Dry Gin, made with juniper, coriander and angelica root macerated in their pure wheat...  More info
£34.95
Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info
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£17.40
Boxer Gin
(70cl, 40%)
The Boxer is a crisp London Dry Gin with a wonderfully complex, vibrant flavour. It is based on fresh juniper and a trio of a superb botanicals: orange, lemon and bergamot. The result is truly superb.  More info
£28.45
Distilled in New York, this is the first gin to be produced at the Breuckelen distillery. It's made using locally sourced wheat as well as a mix of botanicals including lemon, rosemary, ginger...  More info
£38.56
A Navy Strength, small batch gin from the Swedish distillery Hernö. Navy Strength means that gunpowder would still ignite if some of the high-strength gin was spilt on it. Not sure how much gunpowder...  More info
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£38.65
A classic London Dry Gin, Christopher's is a great value-for-money spirit which works nicely in a Gin and Tonic.  More info
£16.49
Made in small batches by the Great Southern Distilling Company in Albany, Western Australia, this gin is made with juniper, coriander seeds, cardamom, anise, angelica root, lemon, oris root and...  More info
£62.55
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