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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.

Salcombe Gin - Start Point

70cl, 44%
Salcombe

Salcombe Gin is produced in two 60 litre stills, Hoshi and Provident, and made with thirteen botanicals including Macedonian juniper, fresh lemon, lime and red grapefruit peels, cardamom, liquorice,…  More info

Salcombe Gin - Start Point
1
$38.28

Tiger Gin

70cl, 40%
Tiger Gin

Tiger Gin is the brainchild Shropshire businessman JJ Lawrence, who teamed up with a talented distillers to create this tasty juniper-based tipple. Undoubtedly you'll be able to come up with some…  More info

Tiger Gin
4
$40.51

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

70cl, 57.70%
Sipsmith

All hail the juniper berry! If, like us, you think the juniper berry is a proper champion of the botanical world, then you'll love Sipsmith's V.J.O.P., which is jam packed with the fresh, peppery…  More info

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.
2
$43.61

Hernö Gin

50cl, 40.50%
Herno

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
3
$33.00

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
$43.75

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
12
$38.28

Durham Gin

70cl, 40%
Durham Distillery

"Rex Habit Extra, Quicquid Episcopus Habit Intra" as it says on the Durham distillery website. Brings back such memories of Durham. Oh, Durham... (Jake studied Ancient History at Durham and…  More info

Durham Gin
$28.49

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
$37.48

Beefeater Crown Jewel Gin 1l

100cl, 50%
Beefeater

Beefeater Crown Jewel has returned! The original Crown Jewel was launched in the early '90s, featuring the same botanicals as Beefeater though with the addition of grapefruit, and bottled at 50% ABV.…  More info

Beefeater Crown Jewel Gin 1l
$54.94

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

50cl, 43%
The Shed Distillery

An Irish gin from made with juniper, angelica, orris, caraway, coriander, meadowsweet, cardamom and star anise as well as vapour infused oriental lemon and lime, fresh grapefruit and gunpowder tea!…  More info

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
$34.49

Eden Mill Love Gin

50cl, 42%
Eden Mill

A gin from a Scottish craft brewer? Yes please. Eden Mill have embraced distilling and are clearly having great fun. This Love Gin is made with juniper, coriander seed and angelica as well as rhubarb…  More info

Eden Mill Love Gin
$35.64

Salcombe Gin - First Bottling Limited Edition

70cl, 44%
Salcombe

The first bottling of Salcombe Gin, created in gorgeous Devon! The distillers produce this gin using 60 litre copper stills from Portugal called Hoshi and Provident. Thirteen botanicals are used…  More info

Salcombe Gin - First Bottling Limited Edition
$74.42

G'Vine Floraison Gin

70cl, 40%
G’Vine

Produced in the French region of Cognac, G'Vine is a hint as to what this unique gin contains. It's actually infused with Ugni Blanc grape, as well as some more standard botanicals including ginger…  More info

G'Vine Floraison Gin
6
$37.83

Steampunk Pirate Gin: Rascal Strength

50cl, 45%
Northumberland Gin Co

As far as we know Northumberland Gin Co. don't have a steam powered distillery, but their gin for cocktail-loving steam punks was such a success that they've followed it up with this one. Which is…  More info

Steampunk Pirate Gin: Rascal Strength
$35.83

VOR Gin

50cl, 47%
Eimverk Distillery

VOR Gin is made using organic Icelandic barley as a base and botanicals which are hand-picked and native to Iceland. The botanicals include juniper, angelic root, kale, rhubarb, sweet kelp, creeping…  More info

VOR Gin
$36.08

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Thames Distillers

This is a very interesting London Dry Gin which is made to a recipe discovered by a Lieutenant Colonel Fox in 1859. The Colonel was a celebrated war hero, and today his name lives on in the form of…  More info

Colonel Fox's London Dry Gin
$24.45

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)

70cl, 44%
Warner Edwards

Produced on the Falls Farm in Northamptonshire by Warner Edwards, Harrington Dry is a delicious gin. It's based on barley spirit which is flavoured with eleven botanicals sourced from farms in Wales…  More info

Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (70cl)
18
$38.15

Brighton Gin

70cl, 40%
Brighton Spirits Co.

Brighton Gin is a fantastic tipple from the beautiful city of Brighton and Hove on the South Coast, made by five Brightonian gin lovers, including a former restaurateur, a spirits specialist, a…  More info

Brighton Gin
$42.67

The Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 43.50%
Drinks by the Dram

It's that time of year once again, when Drinks by the Dram team up with Gin Foundry and finish sprinkling their festive magic upon one of the greatest things known to man... The Ginvent Calendar!…  More info

The Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)
5
$125.87

Poetic License Northern Dry Gin

70cl, 43.20%
Poetic Licence

A wonderfully presented dry gin from Sunderland that features Persian lime as part of its botanical selection.  More info

Poetic License Northern Dry Gin
$35.58

Origin - Majdanpek, Serbia

70cl, 46%
Origin

The Origin London Dry Gin range takes a look at the terroir of juniper and how it can affect the flavour profile of a gin. These are single-botanical gins, which each of the expressions being made…  More info

Origin - Majdanpek, Serbia
$39.37

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

70cl, 40%
G&J Distillers

A London Dry Gin made with botanicals from along the traditional spice route that led back to the UK. Indonesian Cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and Moroccan coriander are all used in this gin,…  More info

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
19
$25.55

Makar Glasgow Gin

70cl, 43%
The Glasgow Distillery Co.

The first product from the recently opened Glasgow Distillery Company, in the city of Glasgow is Makar Gin, launched in 2014 and named after the Gaelic word for "poet" or "bard". To make it, they use…  More info

Makar Glasgow Gin
6
$38.28

Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.60%
Little Bird

Little Bird is made using 10 carefully selected botanicals, resulting in a well rounded, citrus-forward London Dry Gin that goes just splendidly in a classic G&T and other bright, gin-based…  More info

Little Bird London Dry Gin
3
$32.80

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.60%
Sipsmith

Produced in the workshop previously used by the late, great Michael Jackson (whisky writer, not Moonwalker), this super-small-batch artisinal Gin is flavoured with restraint, making it easier for the…  More info

Sipsmith London Dry Gin
5
$32.12

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