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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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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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Old English Gin
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Oldy-timey gin from Hammer & Son, made with 11 botanicals to a recipe from 1783 and distilled in the oldest working pot still in England! It's even presented in an oldy-timey fashion, in a recycled...  More info
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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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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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Lighthouse Gin
(70cl, 42%)
A crisp, rich batch-distilled New Zealand gin, Lighthouse is made with nine botanicals which are distilled in a copper still. The result is a herbal, citrusy, spicy spirit...  More info
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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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Ish London Dry Gin
(70cl, 41%)
A beautiful quintuple-distilled made in the centre of London. This is made with 12 botanicals as well as good quality grain spirit. Ish London Dry Gin is great in a Martini!  More info
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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
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Zuidam Dutch Courage
(70cl, 44.50%)
Zuidam's wonderfully named Dutch Courage is a rich dry gin from Holland. It is based on grain spirit, which is flavoured with the very best botanicals. Made in small batches, this is a crisp and...  More info
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£28.84
Sloane's Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A lovely little dry gin made by Sloane's in the Netherlands. It is named after the 18th century botanist Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have discovered many of the plants used to flavour gins today...  More info
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Originally launched in 1959, Bombay's Dry Gin is made to the original recipe which preceded Bombay Sapphire. A more robust, traditional style and quite lovely it is too.  More info
£24.00
Boasting a big, but balanced bunch of botanicals, the Botanivore is bloomin' brilliant. An American craft gin with 19 different botanicals, including angelica root, bay laurel, "cilantro" (coriander...  More info
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Hayman's decided to create the Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin following demand for higher strength spirits from bartenders and is named after the old Naval base in Deptford, East London.  More info
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£29.14
Gordon Castle Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Small-batch, hand-crafted gin from the Gordon Castle along the River Spey, featuring botanicals grown in the estate's Walled Garden. Mint, lavender and gooseberry are among the botanical selection...  More info
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£32.99
From Belgian distillers Filliers' comes another variation on their Dry Gin 28, this time featuring a fresh breeze of pine blossom running through its centre. Rich and earthy, the Filliers' Dry Gin 28...  More info
£31.95
Gilt Gin is made by the same Scottish company which makes the famous Valt Vodka. It's based on single malt spirit, which is distilled five times from nothing but malted barley.  More info
£29.20
Oxley Gin
(100cl, 47%)
Perhaps the most innovative Gin yet? Oxley Gin is distilled under vacuum, meaning that the Distillate boils at -5 degrees Celsius, and re-condenses at -100 Celsius. The result of all this...  More info
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6 o'Clock Gin
(70cl, 43%)
6 O'Clock gin is made by Bramley and Gage - top English liqueur producers, and the gin itself is made with just 7 botanicals including elderflowers and citrus peel.  More info
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£24.10
Darnley's View Gin
(70cl, 40%)
A crisp, tasty, London Dry Gin created by Wemyss! Darnley's is named after the time when Mary Queen of Scots first met her future husband Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle in 1565.  More info
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The Spectator Gin
(70cl, 42.40%)
This gin was crafted to a special recipe, created for readers of The Spectator. We’ve taken a beautiful, intense, perfumed juniper-infused spirit, with lashings of spice and pepper notes, and added...  More info
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Boë Superior Gin 47%
(70cl, 47%)
A top quality gin named for Franz de la Boë, who created gin in 1658 as a medicine. He claimed it would cure "one third of all diseases". Whilst it wasn't quite the cure-all he predicted it would be...  More info
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£24.14
Gordon's Sloe Gin
(70cl, 26%)
A crisp Sloe Gin from Gordon's made by steeping Sloe berries in Gordon's gin. Crisp and delicate.  More info
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£19.33
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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Death's Door gin is a fine American gin made with organic red winter wheat from Washington Island, Wisconsin. Bottled at higher strength than your average gin, this made a great martini. This bottle...  More info
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£41.25
Can't decide which St. George gin you want? Well now you don't have to, as the clever boffins at St. George Spirits have discovered a way that you can duplicate yourself and enjoy all three gins as a...  More info
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