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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 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.

Dutch gin, known as jenever or genever, is a distinctive style of gin, which must be at least partly distilled from barley malt in a pot still. The result is a gin which bares marked semblance to whisky.

Did you know?... ...The Gin and Tonic became a popular means of taking quinine (present in cinchona bark used to make tonic) to prevent malaria.

Bernal Gin-Ber - 1960s

95cl, 36%
Bernal

Back in the 1960s, it seems people were a bit relaxed about coming up with new ideas for their labels, as this bottle of Bernal Gin-Ber seems to look almost exactly like classic Gordon's Yellow Label…  More info

Bernal Gin-Ber - 1960s
$261.05

D.E.R.S.A. Oxfor Dry - 1960s

100cl, 35%
D.E.R.S.A.

Spanish gin produced in the 1960s by D.E.R.S.A. with a bottle that has a similar style to the classic Gordon's Yellow Label Gin. An odd but interesting collectible.  More info

D.E.R.S.A. Oxfor Dry - 1960s
$261.05

Punto Rojo Ginebra Muy Seca - 1960s

Punto Rojo

An interesting ancient bottle of Punto Rojo Gin, produced by S. Mesa in the 1960s. It is another brand of gin that seems to have taken style advice from Gordon's Yellow Label, as their labels share a…  More info

Punto Rojo Ginebra Muy Seca - 1960s
$261.05

Marqués del Real Tesoro Dry Gin - 1960s

Marqués del Real Tesoro

This is a hard-to-find bottle of Dry Gin, produced by Marqués del Real Tesoro in the 1960s. Marqués del Real Tesoro, whom are based in Spain, are actually better known for producing Sherry rather…  More info

Marqués del Real Tesoro Dry Gin - 1960s
$261.05

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin - 1960s

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz

This is an antique bottle of Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin, produced in the 1960s in Malaga, Spain. The label design seems to have been made in a style similar to the classic yellow labels on…  More info

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin - 1960s
$261.05

Bosford Dry Gin (40%) - 1960s

100cl, 40%
Martini

A very interesting antique bottle of Bosford Gin, produced in the 1960s. This particular bottle of classic Martini & Rossi gin was actually made in Spain rather than Italy and features a different…  More info

Bosford Dry Gin (40%) - 1960s
$261.05

Kintong’s Gina Seca - 1960s

Lopez Hermanos

Kintong's Dry Gin, produced over 40 years ago by Spanish distiller Lopez Hermanos. A rare antique from the 1960s. Please note that the label does not state the volume or ABV of this product and…  More info

Kintong’s Gina Seca - 1960s
$261.05

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s

100cl, 47%
Beefeater

A big Beefeater from the 1990s. This collectible 100cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin is in great condition and would make many fine Gin Martinis.  More info

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s
$145.03

Lord Gin (70cl) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Ramazzotti

Good lord! Lord Gin from the 1980s! What a snazzy little collectible piece from over 20 years ago.  More info

Lord Gin (70cl) - 1980s
$145.03

Sorel Gin - 1970s

100cl, 38%
Sorel

1970s gin, made by Sorel in Barcelona over 30 years ago. A big ol' 1 litre bottle of it, too! The label has been scuffed a little bit, but the bottle is in good shape otherwise.  More info

Sorel Gin - 1970s
$217.55

Stock Dry Gin (100cl) - 1949-59

100cl, 45%
Stock

A 1 litre bottle of Stock Dry Gin, produced between 1949 and 1959. For spirits collectors, this is a proper treat. The Label has been scuffed (and looks to have been placed on the bottle slightly off…  More info

Stock Dry Gin (100cl) - 1949-59
$290.06

Garvey Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Garvey

The design of Gordon's Yellow Label London Dry Gin proved popular in Spain during the 1970s, as we've found plenty of bottles that have "taken inspiration" from the classic gin, such as this 1970s…  More info

Garvey Dry Gin - 1970s
$174.04

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s

75cl, 38%
Schlichte

Steinhäger is a name of a style of gin that can only be made in the city of Steinhagen, somewhat similar to how Plymouth gin can only be made in Plymouth. A well known brand of Steinhäger is…  More info

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s
$174.04

Doornkaat Special Dry Gin - 1960s

70cl, 38%
Doornkaat

A rare bottle of dry gin, produced in the 1960s by German Schnapps makers, Doornkaat before they were bought by Beretzen in 1992. The chap on the bottle looks pretty excited about finding such a rare…  More info

Doornkaat Special Dry Gin - 1960s
$217.55

Glen John House of Cornelis London Dry Gin - 1980s

100cl, 38%
Glen John

This is a rare bottle of House of Cornelis London Dry Gin, produced by Glen John Distillers in the 1980s. Look, it even has a picture of the House of Cornelis on the label, with its towers and…  More info

Glen John House of Cornelis London Dry Gin - 1980s
$174.04

Victor Serrano Ginebra Seca V.S 25 - 1960s

100cl, 0%
Victor Serrano

An ancient bottling of dry gin from Victor Serrano, produced in Spain during the 1960s. Sadly, the label does not feature an ABV, but what it does feature is some pretty neat stencil-style writing.  More info

Victor Serrano Ginebra Seca V.S 25 - 1960s
$217.55

Francesco Sanchez Marin "Zurito" Gin Bright - 1960s

Francesco Sanchez Marin

The Spanish gin fans out there will be rather interested in this rare bottle produced in the 1960s by Francesco Sanchez Marin. The label has faded a little bit over the years, and the bottle is a…  More info

Francesco Sanchez Marin
$217.55

Henekeys Finest London Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 37.10%
Henekeys Limited

A 1960s bottle of Henekeys Finest London Dry Gin (although it wouldn't be allowed to be called gin now because it's under 37.5% ABV), which was produced in the 1960s. A very rare piece of history,…  More info

Henekeys Finest London Dry Gin - 1960s
$174.04

Green-Fish Lemon Gin - 1960s

75cl, 0%
Diego Zamora

A bottle of Green-Fish Lemon Gin, produced in Spain in the 1960s. The bottle is handsomely presented in a bottle covered in paper, which does look smart, it does somewhat hide what is perhaps the…  More info

Green-Fish Lemon Gin - 1960s
$217.55

Stock Dry Gin - 1950s

75cl, 45%
Stock

Stock Dry Gin is a classic Italian brand which has been around for years. This rare bottle was produced in the 1950s and remains in good condition. A very handsome piece for collectors.  More info

Stock Dry Gin - 1950s
$261.05

Aguila Negra Dry Gin - 1960s

73cl, 40%
Aguila Negra

This is an antique bottle of Aguila Negra Dry Gin, produced in Spain during the 1960s. It features a black eagle on the label, wings outstretched, ready to fly. Pretty awesome.  More info

Aguila Negra Dry Gin - 1960s
$174.04

Saccone's Finest Dry London Gin - 1960s

Saccone & Speed

Produced in the 1960s, this is a bottle of dry gin from the Saccone and Speed company. it's been well kept over the years (of which there have been over 40!) and would make for a wonderful…  More info

Saccone's Finest Dry London Gin - 1960s
$174.04

Gilbey's London Dry Gin 40% - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Gilbey's

This is a 1970s bottling of Gilbey's London Dry Gin, a brand which you can still get your hands on today. It would be very interesting to try this antique bottle alongside a modern bottle to see if…  More info

Gilbey's London Dry Gin 40% - 1970s
$174.04

Robert Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A fine looking 1980s gin bottle here, White Satin from Sir Robert Burnett & Co., by this point a Seagram brand.  More info

Robert Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin - 1980s
$174.04

Chilton Damson Gin Liqueur - 1980s

70cl, 22%
Chilton Liqueurs

Damson gin dating from the 1980s! Chilton is a brand that's still going today, although you may need to grab it when you can, when the berries are in season.  More info

Chilton Damson Gin Liqueur - 1980s
$116.02

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