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Gin

Popular Gin Types: Sloe Gin | Old Tom Gin | Cask-Aged Gin | Flavoured 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 spirit 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.

Increasingly, cask-aged gins are also available. One example is Bathtub Gin - Cask-Aged, Navy-Strength, which we think is the best gin for a Last Word (a cocktail made with equal parts Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice).

Did you know?... The G&T became a popular means of taking quinine (present in cinchona bark used to make tonic) to prevent malaria.

Origin - Apecchio, Italy

70cl, 46%
Origin

A single-botanical gin from the Origin range, made with juniper grown in Apecchio, Italy. These gins highlight the impact that the terroir (or origin) of juniper berries can have on the flavour…  More info

Origin - Apecchio, Italy
1
$37.22

Edinburgh's Christmas Gin

70cl, 43%
Edinburgh Gin

A festive gin from the Edinburgh Gin chaps, made with two classic Christmassy botanicals - frankincense and myrrh. The result is good as gold, with an aromatic, fragrant nose and a warming palate…  More info

Edinburgh's Christmas Gin
2
$37.44

Prairie Organic Gin

70cl, 40%
Prairie

Certified organic gin, the base spirit for which is made with corn from organic family farmers on the Minnesota prairie.  More info

Prairie Organic Gin
2
$27.48

Adnams First Rate Gin

70cl, 48%
Adnams

A fabulous higher-than-average proof gin from the Southwold-based Adnams Brewery. Big and full-bodied, and rated Best New Product at the CLASS Magazine Awards 2011.  More info

Adnams First Rate Gin
5
$33.47

Spirit Of Hven Navy Strength Organic Gin

50cl, 57.1%
Spirit of Hven

A navy strength gin from Spirit of Hven, the distillery on a tiny island in the Öresund strait between Sweden and Denmark.  More info

Spirit Of Hven Navy Strength Organic Gin
$42.20

The West Winds Gin - The Cutlass

70cl, 50%
The West Winds Gin

From the West Winds Gin range, coming to us from gorgeous Australia, is the Cutlass - a 50% ABV tipple perfect for use in cocktails. Not only is it bottled at a higher strength to The Sabre, it also…  More info

The West Winds Gin - The Cutlass
1
$51.39

Geranium London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Hammer and Son

Exquisite London Dry Gin made with actual geranium - which everyone knows is a fantastically aromatic plant. Very unusual, distinctive and utterly delicious…  More info

Geranium London Dry Gin
2
$26.87

Origin - Perugia, Italy

70cl, 46%
Origin

An Origin London Dry Gin which has been made using juniper grown in Perugia, Italy (just south and east from Arrezzo, which is where the juniper for another rather popular Origin came from). The…  More info

Origin - Perugia, Italy
3
$37.22

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Bombay Sapphire

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

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l
$44.74

Whitley Neill Quince Gin

70cl, 43%
Whitley Neill

A variation on the classic Whitley Neill Gin recipe, featuring a hearty helping of quince juice at its core. Smashing in a G&T.  More info

Whitley Neill Quince Gin
$25.61

Scapegrace Goldilocks Gin

70cl, 57%
Scapegrace

A higher-strength variation on the Scapegrace Gin recipe, made in New Zealand using 12 botanicals (juniper, coriander, nutmeg, cardamom, lemon peel, orange peel, orris, cinnamon, cassia, angelica,…  More info

Scapegrace Goldilocks Gin
$56.36

Eccentric Cardiff Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Eccentric Gin

Cardiff Dry Gin comes from the Eccentric Gin chaps in Wales, and interestingly, they don't use any citrus in their recipe! What you will find in this gin is lemongrass, verbena, fennel and rosemary,…  More info

Eccentric Cardiff Dry Gin
$27.91

House of Elrick Gin

70cl, 42%
House of Elrick

House of Elrick Gin comes to us from Aberdeen, featuring a selection of botanicals including juniper, coriander, citrus, angelica, pink peppercorn, sweet fennel, heather and rose petals. Not only…  More info

House of Elrick Gin
$40.32

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Yorkshire Tea Edition

70cl, 42%
Masons

From the Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin range comes a gin with a rather familiar flavour to it - this one is focused on the scrummy, subtly aromatic notes of Yorkshire tea! Can't wait to see what cocktails…  More info

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Yorkshire Tea Edition
1
$37.91

Plymouth Navy Strength

70cl, 57%
Plymouth

A high strength Plymouth gin, this is a rich and flavourful gin, supplied to the Royal Navy for nearly 200 years.  More info

Plymouth Navy Strength
$36.48

Maidstone Gin

70cl, 42%
Maiden

From the heart of the historic town of Maidstone in Kent comes Maidstone Gin, produced by the Maiden Distillery. They use a selection of botanicals which include Juniper, angelica root, cardamom,…  More info

Maidstone Gin
1
$41.95

J.J. Whitley Nettle Gin

70cl, 38.6%
Halewood International

A massively herbaceous gin from the J.J. Whitley range - nettle isn't often a flavour seen in gins, so we're rather intrigued by this one...  More info

J.J. Whitley Nettle Gin
$19.61

Breuckelen Glorious Gin

70cl, 45%
Breuckelen

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

Breuckelen Glorious Gin
$42.40

Sacred Christmas Pudding Gin

70cl, 40%
Sacred Spirits Company

The guys at the Sacred Spirits Company have created this festive themed (and slightly insane)gin. They've taken high quality English grain spirit and infused an 8kg Christmas pudding in it for two…  More info

Sacred Christmas Pudding Gin
5
$35.14

Thomas Dakin Manchester Gin

70cl, 42%
G&J Greenall

Made with eleven botanicals including juniper, orange peel, English coriander, angelica, cubeb pepper and liquorice as well as "a hint of red cole" aka horseradish! It's named after Thomas Dakin, who…  More info

Thomas Dakin Manchester Gin
10
$38.72

Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin

70cl, 41.7%
Langley's

Named after the number of botanicals used, the final abv chosen was also supposedly the eighth tasted from a final shortlist of twelve possible percentages. It is aimed at the sophisticated male gin…  More info

Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin
4
$31.01

McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin

50cl, 42%
McQueen

Chocolate and Mint is a combination you're more likely to find in a dessert rather than a gin, but the McQueen distillers up in Callander, Scotland, have defied that idea and made their very own…  More info

McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin
$31.01

Foxdenton Estate Sloe Gin

70cl, 27%
Foxdenton Estate

A delicious sloe gin from Foxdenton. This is no sweet liqueur, this is a real, dry gin which is destined for neat sipping, or cocktails. It is only gently sweetened with sugar, and is made with…  More info

Foxdenton Estate Sloe Gin
$25.37

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Slow Distilled Sloe

70cl, 42%
Masons

A limited edition gin from Masons in Yorkshire. Interestingly this has been made using sloe berries, but not in the traditional 'sloe gin' way - it's a distilled sloe gin!  More info

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Slow Distilled Sloe
$37.91

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Thames Distillers

This is a very interesting London Dry Gin which is made to a recipe discovered by a Lieutenant Colonel Fox in 1859. The Colonel was a celebrated war hero, and today his name lives on in the form of…  More info

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin
$23.12

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