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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.

Foxdenton Raspberry Gin Liqueur

70cl, 21.5%
Foxdenton Estate

Raspberry Gin from the Foxdenton Estate created from their excellent London Dry Gin.  More info

Foxdenton Raspberry Gin Liqueur
$24.67

Strawberry Bank Damson Gin Liqueur

50cl, 25%
Strawberry Bank

Strawberry Bank make this superb Damson gin flavoured with pure damson juice, gin and cane sugar. The damsons themselves are grown in orchards in Lyth Valley, Cumbria, and it really is a lovely…  More info

Strawberry Bank Damson Gin Liqueur
$17.35

Liverpool Gin Valencian Orange

70cl, 43%
Liverpool Distillery

A citrus-forward variation on the Liverpool Gin recipe, made with a generous helping of Valencia orange as one of its core botanicals. Obviously, this'll do well in a G&T garnished with an orange…  More info

Liverpool Gin Valencian Orange
$44.37

Hernö Export Strength Gin

50cl, 47%
Herno

Hernö gin is made with 8 botanicals: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, lingon berries, meadowsweet, black pepper, cassia and vanilla. It has a citrussy, spicy character and this Export Strength edition…  More info

Hernö Export Strength Gin
$44.21

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
$33.36

Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba

50cl, 47%
Deluxe Distillery

A Belgian gin created by the Deluxe Distillery, with a name that harks back to the days of Prohibition. For their Piper Cubeba Gin, they use a selection of botanicals which include cubeb pepper,…  More info

Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba
$37.10

Sloane's Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Sloane's

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

Sloane's Dry Gin
2
$26.79

Ungava Gin

70cl, 43.1%
Ungava Gin Co

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

Ungava Gin
3
$40.16

Dictador Premium Colombian Aged Gin - Ortodoxy

70cl, 43%
Dictador

An aged gin from the people who make Dictador Rum which is based on the forula of the company's former president, Dario Parra. After visiting the UK and enjoying what he decided to be God's drink…  More info

Dictador Premium Colombian Aged Gin - Ortodoxy
3
$37.10

Dr. J's Gin

70cl, 45%
English Vodka Company

An artisan gin from a very small distiller based in the village of Dullingham in Cambridgeshire, made in a hand-beaten copper still called Merlin... no really it is.  More info

Dr. J's Gin
6
$32.94

6 O'clock Damson Gin Liqueur

70cl, 26%
6 o'Clock

Made in much the same way as their Sloe Gin, this small batch Damson gin from Bramley & Gage uses handpicked British damsons.  More info

6 O'clock Damson Gin Liqueur
$24.93

Dactari Gin

50cl, 40%
Dactari

A German gin with a base spirit made with a combination of grain and wine distillates, and featuring a selection of botanicals which include juniper, orange, lemon, liquorice, pepper, coriander and…  More info

Dactari Gin
2
$38.60

Palmers 44 London Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Langley Distillery

A London Dry from the WH Palmer Group who own Langley distillery. Palmer's is made with 10 botanicals.  More info

Palmers 44 London Dry Gin
1
$28.89

5th Gin Fire

70cl, 42%
Atmosphera

The 5th Gin London dry range contains Earth, Water, Air and Fire releases, taking inspiration from the classical elements. Fire is infused with red berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and…  More info

5th Gin Fire
$36.43

Gordon Castle Gin

70cl, 43%
Gordon Castle

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

Gordon Castle Gin
3
$35.28

Hernö Old Tom Gin

50cl, 43%
Herno

From the Swedish Hernö distillers comes a sweet, lip-smacking Old Tom Gin. They use the same botanical selection as their Hernö Dry Gin for this, although they've dialled up the amount of meadowsweet…  More info

Hernö Old Tom Gin
3
$37.82

Fifty Pounds Gin

70cl, 43.5%
Thames Distillers

This is fifty... Fifty Pounds gin is distilled in small quantities, and in single batches. The name comes from the time of George II and the 1736 Gin Act, when a 50 pound tax was levied on those…  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin
4
$32.40

Ransom Old Tom

70cl, 44%
Ransom Spirits

Old Tom Gin from the land of Uncle Sam. Produced in Oregon, U.S.A., this Old Tom Gin is made by the artisan distillery Ransom, titled to represent the investment it takes to become self employed.…  More info

Ransom Old Tom
3
$47.85

Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin

70cl, 42%
Dà Mhìle

Made with 100% organic ingredients, Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin is evidently just naturally delicious. With a mix of 20 organic botanicals, from the old favourites juniper and coriander to some…  More info

Dà Mhìle Farmhouse Botanical Gin
3
$30.91

Puerto de Indias Dry Gin - Pure Black Edition

70cl, 40%
Los Alcores de Carmona

Puerto de Indias Black Edition is made with citrus, jasmine and vanilla for creating more floral G&Ts. This edition is bottled at the slightly ABV of 40% (their classic edition is bottled at 37.5%…  More info

Puerto de Indias Dry Gin - Pure Black Edition
$23.94

Sikkim Bilberry

70cl, 40%
Sikkim

Sikkim gins are made with a base of high quality red tea from Sikkim, Tibet. This bilberry version is also made with juniper, flower essences, blackberries, iris, blueberries, coriander, calamus and…  More info

Sikkim Bilberry
$40.32

Long Table Cucumber Gin

75cl, 44%
Long Table

A award-winning gin from Vancouver's Long Table distillery made with nine botanicals including juniper, two different peppers and, of course, cucumber. Works well with citrus.  More info

Long Table Cucumber Gin
$37.10

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
$40.20

Hayman's Old Tom Gin

70cl, 40%
Hayman Distillers

A classic Old Tom Gin from Hayman Distillers. This is an old-fashioned, sweeter style gin from the 18th Century, and it has recently risen in popularity thanks to its assocation with classic gin…  More info

Hayman's Old Tom Gin
3
$24.72

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Plymouth

A 75cl bottling of Plymouth Dry Gin thought to date from the 1980s complete with original presentation tube! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s
$148.60

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