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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.

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 40%
Drinks by the Dram

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar takes you on a 24 day journey through 23 botanicals, as well as a base gin to which each is added. The botanicals are all lovingly cold-distilled to lock in the fresh…  More info

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)
$136.79

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Bombay Spirits Company

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
$47.32

Inverroche Classic Gin

70cl, 43%
Inverroche

A floral South African gin made using botanicals known as Fynbos from the Cape Floral Kingdom, which are placed in the steam basket during distillation. There's no further infusion following…  More info

Inverroche Classic Gin
$44.77

London Hill Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
London Hill

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

London Hill Dry Gin
1
$16.54

Bols Silver Top London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Bols

A classic gin from Dutch distillers, Bols. Silver Top London Dry Gin has been enjoyed in Europe for decades - we've previously had some bottles from years gone by in our Antique Spirits collection...  More info

Bols Silver Top London Dry Gin
1
$22.94

Blackwater Juniper Cask Gin

50cl, 46%
Blackwater Distillery Ltd.

Irish gin rested in tiny 50 litre juniper wood casks for 30 days! The small casks used are not scorched and are specially commissioned from Eastern Europe. As with their No.5 release, this gin uses…  More info

Blackwater Juniper Cask Gin
$39.24

Gin Lane 1751 'Old Tom' Gin

70cl, 40%
Gin Lane 1751

An Old Tom Gin from the Gin lane 1751 range, created by the Bloomsbury Club and Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers. Sweeter than your standard gin, Old Tom gins are excellent in cocktails like the…  More info

Gin Lane 1751 'Old Tom' Gin
$22.75

Anno 60² Gin

70cl, 60%
Anno

Anno Gin co-founders Andy and Norman both turned 60 in 2015, hence Anno 60² Gin, presented at a healthy stronger-than-navy-strength 60% abv! Produced in Kent, this special edition has a distinctive…  More info

Anno 60² Gin
$56.31

Beefeater London Distilled Dry Gin (75.7cl) - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Beefeater

We have a few of this particular bottling of Beefeater gin from the 1970s, in varying conditions (the most damaged label being pictured).  More info

Beefeater London Distilled Dry Gin (75.7cl) - 1970s
$157.65

Christopher's London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Christopher's

A classic London Dry Gin, Christopher's is a great value-for-money spirit which works nicely in a Gin and Tonic.  More info

Christopher's London Dry Gin
$18.05

Boodles British Gin

70cl, 40%
Boodles

This London Dry Gin, repackaged and rejuvenated under new ownership in 2013, takes its name from Boodle's gentleman’s club in St. James's, London and is now produced at the Greenalls…  More info

Boodles British Gin
16
$27.34

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
$51.20

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
$37.07

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin

50cl, 50%
Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner's London Dry Gin was chosen from more than 25 different recipes, created with 100% British grains and distilled in London. It is named, of course, for Coleridge's famous poem The…  More info

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin
3
$33.79

Brandon's Barrel Reserve Gin - Winter 2015 Limited Edition

75cl, 46%
Rock Town

We love a bourbon barrel aged gin, and here's one from an American craft distillery that produces some truly fantastic bourbon. One for both gin and whiskey fans, try it in your next Negroni or Old…  More info

Brandon's Barrel Reserve Gin - Winter 2015 Limited Edition
1
$32.84

Rives Pink Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Rives

A pink gin from Spanish producers, Rives. Usually "pink gin" refers to a delicious concoction of gin mixed with a dash of bitters (often Angostura), but this is actually made using their gin and…  More info

Rives Pink Gin
$27.18

Gin Del Professore Madame

70cl, 42.90%
Antica

A floral, fruity gin from the Gin Del Professore produced by the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome. Ought to be great gin for sweeter cocktails, we reckon.  More info

Gin Del Professore Madame
$43.03

Shetland Reel Gin

70cl, 43%
Saxa Vord Distillery

Shetland Reel Gin comes to us all the way from Unst, one of the Shetland islands! Made with a specially devised recipe featuring 8 botanicals, including juniper, coriander seed, orris root, cassia…  More info

Shetland Reel Gin
3
$34.97

7 Dials London Dry Gin

70cl, 46%
London Gin Club

This London dry gin is named after the famous crossroads in the St Giles parish of London. Seven Dials sits between St Giles and Soho. The area was urbanised in the late 1600s where seven streets…  More info

7 Dials London Dry Gin
4
$44.84

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea

70cl, 37.50%
Larios

Larios Dry Gin, now renamed Larios Ginebra Mediterránea, with its handsome new packaging aimed at a new generation in the Mediterranean where gin is thriving. The best selling gin in Spain, the…  More info

Larios Ginebra Mediterránea
$18.12

Ish London Dry Gin

70cl, 41%
The Poshmakers

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

Ish London Dry Gin
2
$33.49

Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set

70cl, 43.50%
Thames Distillers

A lovely gift set of Fifty Pounds Gin with two glasses. We're positive that giving someone a gift set with two glasses means they pretty much have to pour you at least one drink. Win/win!  More info

Fifty Pounds Gin Glass Gift Set
$46.35

Dancing Cows Lymington Gin

50cl, 43%
Dancing Cows

A gin from Lymington, made with with juniper, coriander, angelica (root and seeds), orris root, bitter orange peel, cardamom, fresh lemon zest and almond. The finished gin is then infused with East…  More info

Dancing Cows Lymington Gin
$21.32

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
$30.23

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
4
$49.21

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