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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.

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
$19.63

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
$42.44

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
$35.18

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
$38.76

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
$31.04

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
$31.04

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
$25.39

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
$37.95

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
$23.14

W&H Botanic Kiss

70cl, 37.5%
Williams & Humbert

A gin initially released for the Spanish market but distilled at Langley's, Botanic uses Buddha's hand (a funky, fashionable and delicious Asian citrus fruit) as a key ingredient alongside the likes…  More info

W&H Botanic Kiss
2
$35.43

Bullards Norwich Dry Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Bullards

A London Dry Gin from Norwich that uses botanicals such as juniper, cardamom, coriander, lemon and orange peels and tonka beans. Enjoy with ice or in a gin and tonic with a slice of blood orange.  More info

Bullards Norwich Dry Gin
2
$40.38

Gin Gold 999.9

70cl, 40%
Gin Gold

Gin Gold 999.9 is homage to a gin created in the early 20th century which was said to have been made in a pot still made of gold! This expression has been made in Alsace with a selection of…  More info

Gin Gold 999.9
$48.46

Zymurgorium Mandarin Dynasty Gin

50cl, 40%
The Zymurgorium

Manchester's Zymurgorium are going on a World Tour, taking inspiration from countries all over the globe to create exciting (and tasty) gins - the first stop on the tour is China! Their Mandarin…  More info

Zymurgorium Mandarin Dynasty Gin
$48.46

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Limited Edition

70cl, 49%
Bombay Sapphire

A special limited edition release of classic Bombay Sapphire to celebrate their new home at Laverstoke Mill, which is bottled at 49% abv! It also has beautifully designed packaging that's inspired by…  More info

Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Limited Edition
$103.57

Whittaker's Gin - Pink Peculier

70cl, 42%
Whittaker's Gin

A variation on the Whittaker's Gin recipe incorporating pink peppercorn and hibiscus, resulting in a faint pink hue.  More info

Whittaker's Gin - Pink Peculier
$33.92

Eden Mill Hop Gin

50cl, 46%
Eden Mill

The first release from craft brewers and distillers Eden Mill, this Hop Gin is made with Australian galaxy hops that are cold compounded post distillation. A gin for craft beer lovers (as well as gin…  More info

Eden Mill Hop Gin
$33.10

Skin Gin (Grey)

50cl, 42%
Skin Gin

A hip German dry gin presented in a leather-look flask-like bottle.  More info

Skin Gin (Grey)
1
$42.44

Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Williams Chase

This dry, juniper led gin has been designed for the much loved G'n'T. Chase distil their Naked vodka from cider made from organically grown apples, they then distil their gin from the vodka. The…  More info

Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin
5
$28.45

East London Liquor Company Barrel Aged Gin - Ex-Bourbon Cask

70cl, 41%
East London Liquor Company

Another release from the East London Liquor Company's series of cask aged gins! This particular bottling features gin that was aged in an ex-bourbon cask for a year before being bottled.  More info

East London Liquor Company Barrel Aged Gin - Ex-Bourbon Cask
$46.36

Avva Scottish Gin

70cl, 43%
Moray Distillery

Launched in late 2016 by the Elgin-based Moray Distillery (founded by Jill Brown, who previously founded the Berry Good range of liqueurs), Avva Scottish Gin is made using a combination of classic…  More info

Avva Scottish Gin
1
$46.28

Santamanía London Dry Gin Reserva

70cl, 41%
Santamanía

A cask-aged edition of Santamanía's London Dry Gin, matured in a French oak casks for several months in their 16th century stone cellar. Once again, the gin is made with a base spirit of Tempranillo…  More info

Santamanía London Dry Gin Reserva
1
$40.36

No.3 Gin

70cl, 46%
Berry Brothers and Rudd

A beautiful looking gin from Berry Bros. Made to a special recipe, the name No.3 refers to the address of BBR - Number 3, St James's Street. With juniper at its heart, it's also made with three…  More info

No.3 Gin
6
$34.33

The West Winds Gin - The Sabre

70cl, 40%
The West Winds Gin

The Sabre comes from The West Winds Gin range in Australia, envisioned by Jason Chan, Paul White, Jeremy Spencer and James Clark. For the Sabre, they use a selection of classic botanicals including…  More info

The West Winds Gin - The Sabre
1
$36.22

Mature Your Own Gin Kit

100cl, 50%
Mature Your Own

If you've seen all the excitement and hubbub around cask-aged gin and wanted to get in on the action yourself, then this right here is a six-sided, cardboard-encased dream come true - the Mature Your…  More info

Mature Your Own Gin Kit
$96.32

Gordon's Elderflower Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

If you're partial to adding a floral, summery twist to your G&T, Gordon's have got just the thing - Gordon's Elderflower. Made with their famous gin and a spot of elderflower, it's a refreshing and…  More info

Gordon's Elderflower Gin
$19.95

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