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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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London Hill Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A premium gin which was awarded Golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competitions in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The judges described it as "the epitome of London Dry Gin".  More info
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$23.66
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
$49.24
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
$97.94
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
$54.35
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
$31.63
Indian Summer makes use of one of the world's most costly spices by weight, saffron. The pricey spice is infused into the gin, which has imparted intense, sweet and subtly earthy notes. It was bottled...  More info
$40.63
The Ancient Mariner's London Dry Gin was chosen from more than 25 different recipes, created with 100% British grains and distilled in London. It is named, of course, for Coleridge's famous poem The...  More info
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$48.32
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
$62.55
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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$27.12
This is a limited-edition navy-strength gin from FEW Spirits and makes for a cracking G'n'T or Martini.

FEW Spirits hails from Evanston in the United States of America, a city that suffered...  More info
$71.24
Bombay Sapphire
(70cl, 40%)
One of the best known and most delicately perfumed gins in the world, Bombay Sapphire makes an excellent Martini, and is great as a base for a Gin and Tonic.  More info
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$32.10
One Key Gin
(70cl, 40%)
One Key Gin is produced in Slovenia and features a selection of botanicals including coriander, ginger and juniper. It comes presented in a pretty intriguing bottle, which is... Well, it's a big...  More info
$57.20
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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$75.50
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
$45.39
An old bottle of Booth's High & Dry, once claimed to be the driest gin in the world. No longer in production, this was bottled in the 1970s. The label is at a pleasingly jaunty angle.

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$187.89
The Bramley & Gage Sloe Gin is made from hand-picked hedgerow sloes and their own gin distilled from juniper, coriander and cardamom among other botanicals.  More info
$31.63
The Bluecoat American Dry distilled in a traditional copper pot still and is named after the uniforms worn by the militia in the American Revolution. The botanical recipe is kept secret however the...  More info
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$70.21
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
$79.69
Ungava Gin
(70cl, 43.10%)
Ungava is a very intriguing Canadian Gin, made using six rare, botanicals which bestow upon it a distinctive flavour profile and the natural, vibrant colour. These hand-picked botanicals include...  More info
$60.94
A deeply dark and massively flavoursome blackcurrant gin the Swedish distillery which was crowned Gin Grand Master at the 2013 Spirit Masters Awards, Hernö. It is made with their 'Swedish Excellent'...  More info
$62.75
Made using hand picked sloes which are steeped in London gin and sugar, Lyme Bay Winery's Sloe Gin Reserve Liqueur is a decadent way to enjoy the brilliant fruitiness of the noble sloe berry.  More info
$24.83
A Dutch gin by way of America. With a recipe discovered by drinks historian Dr. David Wondrich in the early 19th century book 'The Practical Distiller', the New York Distilling Company is making what...  More info
$66.46
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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$35.18
Tottering Sloe Gin
(70cl, 27%)
An incredible sloe gin created by Foxdenton especially for Lord Tottering's shooting parties. This is a wonderful sloe gin best served on hot summer afternoons with chilled champagne.  More info
$43.70
Based on the original Filliers Dry Gin 28 recipe, this seasonal edition has been created by Master Distiller Pedro Saez Del Burgo using the finest tangerines from Valencia, harvested exclusively...  More info
$50.89
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