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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 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.

Filliers Dry Gin 28 Pine Blossom and Glass Set

50cl, 42.60%
Filliers

A stylish presentation of the Filliers Dry Gin 28 Pine Blossom, which features a fresh breeze of pine blossom running through it. Superbly refreshing in a tall G&T, and stands out in cocktails that…  More info

Filliers Dry Gin 28 Pine Blossom and Glass Set
$38.53

Achroous Gin

70cl, 41%
Electric Spirit Co

A pretty darn marvellous gin from Leith's Electric Spirit Co., featuring Sichuan pepper and fennel seed alongside the classic juniper as botanicals. We're expecting much tastiness to occur when this…  More info

Achroous Gin
2
$40.73

The Spectator Gin

70cl, 42.40%
Master of Malt

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

The Spectator Gin
$36.32

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
$45.14

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

70cl, 41.80%
Four Pillars Distillery

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is made in a small distillery in Yarra Valley, Australia. Everything the Four Pillars distillers make is based around their four pillars - the still, the water, the…  More info

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
9
$43.93

Hernö Navy Strength Gin

50cl, 57%
Herno

A Navy Strength, small batch gin from the Swedish distillery Hernö. Navy Strength means that gunpowder would still ignite if some of the high-strength gin was spilt on it. Not sure how much gunpowder…  More info

Hernö Navy Strength Gin
2
$42.60

Hayman's Sloe Gin

70cl, 26%
Hayman Distillers

A traditional Sloe gin from Hayman's, this is made by steeping the sloes in Hayman's gin before blending with natural sugar. Bittersweet and intense in flavour, we love it.  More info

Hayman's Sloe Gin
2
$22.54

Fifty Pounds Gin

70cl, 43.50%
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
5
$36.00

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
$44.67

Ginraw Gastronomic Gin

70cl, 42.30%
Ginraw

Ginraw comes to us all the way from Barcelona, created by a pair of entrepreneurs with the help of four masters in their craft: a chef, a sommelier, a mixologist and a perfumer. The use…  More info

Ginraw Gastronomic Gin
$59.27

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
$54.72

Citadelle Réserve Gin 2014

70cl, 44%
Citadelle

The 2014 edition of Citadelle's stupendous, Solera-system-aged Réserve Gin is made with 19 select botanicals and is aged in a small number of Ferrand Cognac casks. These releases are always well…  More info

Citadelle Réserve Gin 2014
$45.16

Goa London Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Goa Gin

Made in London (not a prerequisite for a London Dry) and traditional in character, this gin's botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica, nutmeg and caraway.  More info

Goa London Dry Gin
$32.19

Citadelle Gin

70cl, 44%
Citadelle

A premium gin, Citadelle was originally developed in a Dunkirk distillery in the late 18th Century, and at the time Dunkirk was one of the earliest European ports for explorers of the Orient, who…  More info

Citadelle Gin
3
$33.29

Brilliant London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Brilliant

Brilliant Gin comes to us via the wonderfully named 'The Really Brilliant Company'. Created by two long-time gin connoisseurs, it's a tasty London Dry Gin made with a selection of botanicals…  More info

Brilliant London Dry Gin
1
$36.93

Jodhpur Reserve London Dry Gin

50cl, 43%
Jodhpur

Jodhpur Reserve London Dry Gin is made to their regular recipe, which includes botanicals like coriander, ginger, grapefruit peel and two types of angelica, and is then rested in ex-Spanish brandy…  More info

Jodhpur Reserve London Dry Gin
$38.53

Sacred Pink Grapefruit Gin

70cl, 43.80%
Sacred Spirits Company

From the Sacred craft distillery in Highgate comes the Pink Grapefruit Gin, made using every bit of the grapefruit, from the flesh to the peel to even the pips! It may sound obvious, but by golly…  More info

Sacred Pink Grapefruit Gin
1
$37.42

Loopuyt Dry Gin

70cl, 45.10%
Loopuyt

Loopuyt Dry Gin is produced in the Netherlands using a combination of 12 botanicals, with their quantities carefully considered to ensure a well-balanced flavour profile. The botanicals include…  More info

Loopuyt Dry Gin
$37.33

Strane London Dry Gin - Uncut Strength - Batch 2

50cl, 76%
Smögen

This is the Strane London Dry Gin Uncut Strength - a particularly intense Swedish gin which has been bottled at an eye-watering 76% ABV. Made with the same botanical selection as their classic…  More info

Strane London Dry Gin - Uncut Strength - Batch 2
$64.06

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin

70cl, 43%
Jam Jar Gin

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin is a crowdfunded London dry gin presented in... Well, in jars! With a particularly juicy kick of raspberry at its core, this ought to be an excellent treat during the summer…  More info

Yerburgh's Jam Jar Gin
$48.61

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
$38.53

Mom God Save The Gin

70cl, 39.50%
MOM

A London Dry Gin from González Byass. The packaging is intended to convey both Britain's tradition and its modernity with its striking black and magenta design. The gin itself seeks to do the same,…  More info

Mom God Save The Gin
$33.05

Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin (70cl)

70cl, 30%
Warner Edwards

Made by two friends on a farm in Northamptonshire, Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin is absolutely wonderful. And now, they've got a sloe gin to their name too! Infused with local, hand-picked sloes,…  More info

Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin (70cl)
1
$28.81

The Exiles Irish Gin

70cl, 41.30%
The Exiles

A premium Irish gin that claims to be the only gin in the world made using shamrock as a botanical! It also quotes Yeats on the bottle ("I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because…  More info

The Exiles Irish Gin
$30.44

Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin

70cl, 41.70%
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
$33.01

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