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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.

Cardinal Gin Barrel Rested

70cl, 42%
Southern Artisan Spirits

North Carolinan cask-aged gin here from Southern Artisan Spirits, featuring a selection of 11 botanicals. This one's got plenty of cask influence, with up-front vanilla and caramel-coated nut notes…  More info

Cardinal Gin Barrel Rested
$43.11

Tann's Gin

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Campeny

First launched in 1977, Tann's have altered their recipe to appeal to modern tastes. The botanicals used are now juniper, cucumber, raspberry, rose petals, orange blossom, cardamom, coriander seeds,…  More info

Tann's Gin
$35.67

Kimerud Distilled Gin

70cl, 47%
Kimerud

Distilled in the shiny Arnold Holstein still on Kimerud Farm in Lier, near Oslo, 20 handpicked botanicals are used. Grown on the farm, these include juniper, coriander, lemon peel, walnut and mint as…  More info

Kimerud Distilled Gin
$36.53

The Original Manchester Sloe Gin

50cl, 40%
The Zymurgorium

Made with the Zymurgorium's own Manchester gin, itself made using their own vodka from distilled honey, here local sloes have been added in the traditional fashion. In this case, that means using…  More info

The Original Manchester Sloe Gin
$38.52

1606 Gin

70cl, 43%
Union Distillers

A special gin conceived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, close to our offices, and made using the spa town's spring water. The creators also grow and pick their own organic lemons and oranges in Spain,…  More info

1606 Gin
$39.06

Buss No.509 Elderflower

70cl, 40%
Buss Spirits

An elderflower variant of Buss No.509 Gin! Fragrant and elegant, this'll work very well with tonic water (or with lime juice, we reckon...).  More info

Buss No.509 Elderflower
$48.32

T.E.A. Earl Grey Gin

70cl, 42%
T.E.A.

From the T.E.A. range (which cleverly stands for 'Tea Enriched Alcohol') comes their Earl Grey Gin, made with sugar beet spirit and a selection of botanicals, including earl grey tea, bergamot oil,…  More info

T.E.A. Earl Grey Gin
$39.03

Leopold's Gin

70cl, 40%
Leopold Bros

Small Batch American gin, made using "hand-zested American pummelos". They only make 50 cases of this a year, so it really is small batch.  More info

Leopold's Gin
$41.32

Sikkim Fraise

70cl, 40%
Sikkim

An aromatic, juicy gin from Spain, combining red tea from Sikkim with Dutch juniper, as well as strawberries and cranberries among other classic gin botanicals.  More info

Sikkim Fraise
$43.52

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin

70cl, 40%
The Bitter Truth

What was once thought to be a cure for seasickness amongst the sea-faring souls of The Royal Navy, is now an excellent addition to your cocktail arsenal. The Bitter Truth Pink Gin is made by blending…  More info

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin
2
$41.19

The Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 46%
Origin

Each gin in the Origin range is made with juniper taken from only one location, allowing gin enthusiasts to explore the effects of terroir on a gin. This Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar contains…  More info

The Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
2
$107.41

Greenall's Sloe Gin

70cl, 26%
G&J Greenall

The Greenall's range expands for the first time in over 250 years with this rich, warming Sloe Gin (along with a Wild Berry flavoured gin). To make it, they use their classic Greenall's Gin recipe,…  More info

Greenall's Sloe Gin
$18.75

Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin

70cl, 44%
New York Distilling Company

A Dutch gin by way of America. With a recipe discovered by drinks historian Dr. David Wondrich in the early 19th century book 'The Practical Distiller', the New York Distilling Company is making what…  More info

Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin
1
$46.15

Dingle 4 Season Gin

80cl, 46%
The Dingle Distillery

Four 20cl (stackable!) bottles of gin from Ireland's Dingle Distillery, each one made to represent one of the four seasons!  More info

Dingle 4 Season Gin
1
$69.80

Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin

70cl, 50.1%
Greenhook Ginsmiths

An impressive Old Tom Gin from Greenhook Ginsmiths in Brooklyn, New York. Taking inspiration from history of this slightly-sweetened style of gin, they distil this tipple using juniper alongside…  More info

Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin
$68.79

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
$99.89

Hayman's Family Reserve

70cl, 41.3%
Hayman Distillers

Hayman's Family Reserve harks back to the heady days of Gin Palaces, where the juniper-based libation would be sold from oak casks. This expressions from the tasty Hayman's Gin range has been rested…  More info

Hayman's Family Reserve
$31.87

Sacred Orris Gin

75cl, 43.8%
Sacred Spirits Company

A light, fragrant, orris-focused gin from the Sacred microdistillery in Highgate. This highly floral expression makes this a great gin for summer cocktails, and trying it in a martini might be a…  More info

Sacred Orris Gin
$35.26

Brouwerij de Molen Gentle Gin

50cl, 38%
Brouwerij de Molen

A beer cask matured gin! Twice distilled and unfiltered, this Gentle Gin is bottled by the Dutch craft brewers at Brouwerij de Molen. (So it's not to be confused with the "Gentle Gin" brand from…  More info

Brouwerij de Molen Gentle Gin
$41.87

Makar Old Tom Gin

70cl, 43%
The Glasgow Distillery Co.

An Old Tom Gin from the Glasgow Distillery Co.'s Makar range! A style of gin very much en vogue during the 18th and 19th century, Old Tom gins are slightly sweetened and go marvellously in…  More info

Makar Old Tom Gin
$37.62

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
$16.24

East London Liquor Company Premium Gin Batch No.2

70cl, 47%
East London Liquor Company

The second batch of premium gin from the Bow-based East London Liquor Company, once again with a variation on their signature gin. A herbaceous expression, packed with juniper, coriander seeds,…  More info

East London Liquor Company Premium Gin Batch No.2
1
$34.33

Zuidam Dutch Courage Aged Gin

70cl, 44%
Zuidam

A cask aged edition of Zuidam's Dutch Courage gin! This gin spends time maturing in 200 litre American oak casks before being bottled at 44% ABV, resulting in caramel-y, vanilla-y, aged-gin-yumminess…  More info

Zuidam Dutch Courage Aged Gin
$42.19

Gordon's Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gordon's

An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured…  More info

Gordon's Gin
2
$17.55

Nelson's Rhubarb and Custard Gin

70cl, 41%
Nelson's

A variation of Nelson's Gin recipe, incorporating rhubarb into their mix of botanicals (which includes Madagascan vanilla, cinnamon from Sri Lanka and lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves from Thailand).  More info

Nelson's Rhubarb and Custard Gin
$42.54

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