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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.

Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin

70cl, 40%
Sol de Los Andes

Although most of the botanicals used to make the Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin come from Misiones, Argentina, the gin itself is made in Mendoza. The botanicals include peppermint, eucalyptus,…  More info

Principe De Los Apostoles Mate Gin
4
$37.87

FEW Barrel Gin

70cl, 46.5%
FEW Spirits

This is a stunning American gin, made by FEW Spirits in Illinois, USA. It was aged in oak barrels, and the result of this is an increased level of sweetness, complexity and spice. In fact, you could…  More info

FEW Barrel Gin
3
$51.92

Drinks by the Dram Gin Crackers (2016 Edition)

18cl, 44.1%
Drinks by the Dram

Love gin? Prefer to find drams of superb gin rather than a tiny ruler or plastic moustache in your Christmas crackers? You'll be wanting this set of Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers filled with…  More info

Drinks by the Dram Gin Crackers (2016 Edition)
3
$41.52

FEW American Gin

70cl, 40%
FEW Spirits

Unlike any other gin, this offering from FEW Spirits is made using white whiskey (un-aged Bourbon) instead of more conventional neutral spirits which gives it a completely unique character! FEW…  More info

FEW American Gin
6
$48.80

Inverroche Verdant Gin

70cl, 43%
Inverroche

A South African gin with a handsome tint that comes from infusion with "late summer blooms" after distillation. The blooms in question are from the local Fynbos from the mountainous region of the…  More info

Inverroche Verdant Gin
1
$42.50

Saffron Gin

70cl, 40%
Gabriel Boudier

Boudier's Saffron Gin is an extraordinary gin which gains is marvellous tawny-orange hue with the addition of saffron! Fantastic.  More info

Saffron Gin
2
$28.86

No. 209 Gin

70cl, 46%
No. 209

The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini. The name is derived from the fact that the…  More info

No. 209 Gin
4
$38.05

Bathtub Gin - Cask-Aged, Navy-Strength

50cl, 57%
Ableforth's

A 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin' release from Ableforth's. Epic concentration, huge nose, massive punch. The best gin EVER for a Last Word? We think so. It's made with the excellent Bathtub Gin…  More info

Bathtub Gin - Cask-Aged, Navy-Strength
3
$39.45

Elephant Dry Gin

50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin

Elephant Dry Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include some rather unusual but fascinating African ingredients like Baobab, the Buchu plant, Devil's Claw and African Wormwood. With…  More info

Elephant Dry Gin
7
$30.66

Blackwoods 2012 Vintage Dry Gin Superior Strength

70cl, 60%
Blackwoods

Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin is made with handpicked Shetland botanicals, from juniper to angelica, marsh marigold to the delightfully named sea pink. If you're looking for an extra zing in your gin,…  More info

Blackwoods 2012 Vintage Dry Gin Superior Strength
2
$35.57

City of London Christopher Wren Gin

70cl, 45.3%
City of London Distillery

A special edition from the City of London Distillery, created in collaboration with Tom Nichol, the retiring Tanqueray Master Distiller. The gin uses juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and…  More info

City of London Christopher Wren Gin
$43.60

Audemus Pink Pepper Gin

70cl, 44%
Audemus

A Pink Pepper Gin from French producers Audemus, situated in the heart of Cognac. Made with hand-picked pink peppercorns and a handful of other tasty botanicals (including honey, vanilla and cardamom…  More info

Audemus Pink Pepper Gin
5
$47.72

Hernö Gin

50cl, 40.5%
Hernö

With a tagline like "Swedish Excellence", we were expecting big things from this Hernö Gin. Then we did some more research and discovered Hernö won the most awards at the Gin Masters 2013 - our…  More info

Hernö Gin
5
$31.32

Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Gin

70cl, 42%
Southwestern Distillery

An exotic, world spanning botanical basket makes Tarquin's Gin. Orris root from Morocco, green cardamom seeds from Guatemala, cinnamon from Madagascar and Devon violets from... Well, from the…  More info

Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Gin
14
$36.97

Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas

50cl, 41.3%
Orkney Gin Company

Inspired by the long midsummer days on Orkney, Johnsmas is a highly floral, fragrant and light gin made with a selection of hand-picked botanicals from the island and elsewhere. Top stuff for sipping…  More info

Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas
8
$31.69

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road No.…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
10
$24.21

Cotswolds Dry Gin

70cl, 46%
Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Distillery in Stourton is up and running - hooray! This is their Cotswolds Dry Gin, made with juniper, coriander and angelica root macerated in their pure wheat spirit for 24 hours.…  More info

Cotswolds Dry Gin
17
$36.33

Twisted Nose Winchester Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Winchester Distillery

Twisted Nose Gin comes from the picturesque city of Winchester in Hampshire. It is made in very small batches in traditional copper stills. The botanical selection includes juniper, grapefruit zest,…  More info

Twisted Nose Winchester Dry Gin
6
$34.12

Japanese Gin

70cl, 42%
The Cambridge Distillery

Japanese Gin! Well, sort of. It's made in Cambridge, so it's technically English. However, it's a Japanese Gin at heart as it's made using traditional Japanese ingredients, including Shiso (a type of…  More info

Japanese Gin
4
$62.31

Anno Kent Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Anno

Anno Kent Dry Gin is one of the first gins to be distilled in Kent since the 1800s (there's also one that's made literally 15 feet from my desk). Fresh and flavourful with a superb selection of…  More info

Anno Kent Dry Gin
5
$32.43

Larios Rosé

70cl, 37.5%
Larios

A Mediterranean gin infused with strawberries! This is a variation from Larios, a Spanish gin whose history dates back to the 19th century even if the current name dates from 1932.  More info

Larios Rosé
$22.92

Black Tomato Gin

50cl, 42.3%
Black Tomato

Produced in the Netherlands, Black Tomato Gin is made using black tomatoes as well as a few drops of sea water! Shows off a fascinating balance between sweet and savoury flavours - and ought to be…  More info

Black Tomato Gin
2
$46.72

St. George Dry Rye Gin

70cl, 45%
St. George Spirits

A rye whiskey, in gin's clothing. Made with a base of 100% rye, the St. George Dry Rye has a marvellous malty signature, warm and spicy. This is followed up by a small number of classic gin…  More info

St. George Dry Rye Gin
3
$41.52

Wight Mermaids Gin

70cl, 42%
Isle of Wight Distillery

A gin with a sense of place, being made with Isle of Wight rock samphire and Boadicea hops alondside juniper, coriander seeds, fresh lemon zest, grains of paradise, angelica, liquorice, orris and…  More info

Wight Mermaids Gin
3
$37.37

St. George Botanivore Gin

70cl, 45%
St. George Spirits

Boasting a big, but balanced bunch of botanicals, the Botanivore is bloomin' brilliant. An American craft gin with 19 different botanicals, including angelica root, bay laurel, "cilantro" (coriander…  More info

St. George Botanivore Gin
1
$41.52

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