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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.

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
$38.30

Sloane's Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Sloane's

A lovely little dry gin made by Sloane's in the Netherlands. It is named after the 18th century botanist Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have discovered many of the plants used to flavour gins today.…  More info

Sloane's Dry Gin
2
$27.15

Foxdenton Raspberry Gin Liqueur

70cl, 21.5%
Foxdenton Estate

Raspberry Gin from the Foxdenton Estate created from their excellent London Dry Gin.  More info

Foxdenton Raspberry Gin Liqueur
$25.01

Porter's Gin

70cl, 41.5%
Langstane

Porter's Gin from Aberdeen is made with juniper, angelica, almond, coriander, liquorice, lemon, orange, buddha’s hand, pink peppercorn, orris root, cassia bark and cinnamon. It's named after…  More info

Porter's Gin
1
$33.42

Boatyard Double Gin

70cl, 46%
Boatyard

The first release from the Boatyard Distillery in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, is Boatyard Double Gin! It's made with an organically produced wheat spirit, which goes through a double contact…  More info

Boatyard Double Gin
4
$40.76

Little Bird London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
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
$31.34

Mikkeller Botanical Gin

70cl, 44%
Mikkeller

Produced at the Braunstein craft distillery, it's a gin from top craft gypsy brewers (and distillers) Mikkeller! Naturally, it's made using American Simcoe hops as a key botanical.  More info

Mikkeller Botanical Gin
$45.08

Leeds Gin

70cl, 40%
Leeds Gin

Leeds - the home of a number of top sports team, great bands (like Chumbawamba and Gang of Four) and now Leeds Gin! This tasty tipple is made with a combination of juniper, coriander, ginger and…  More info

Leeds Gin
1
$36.68

Monkey 47 Sloe Gin

50cl, 29%
Monkey 47

The superbly packaged Monkey 47 Sloe gin is a peppery, tangy, complex spirit made by macerating Black Forest sloes in spirit for three months.  More info

Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
$41.79

Moonshine Kid Wolf's Nose Gin

70cl, 43%
Moonshine Kid

Wolf's Nose Gin comes from Moonshine Kid aka Matt Whiley, who was one of the founders of Fluid Movement, the company behind top London bars PURL and Worship Street Whistling Shop. The botanicals used…  More info

Moonshine Kid Wolf's Nose Gin
1
$31.34

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

70cl, 41.6%
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
6
$30.68

Filliers Dry Gin 28 - Sloe Gin

50cl, 26%
Filliers

A sloe gin from the brilliant Belgian distillery, Filliers. Whilst you might see sloe gin as a purely British commodity, like fish & chips or tweed jackets, the talented folks at Filliers certainly…  More info

Filliers Dry Gin 28 - Sloe Gin
$31.34

Origin - Klanac, Croatia

70cl, 46%
Origin

The ‘Origin’ range of London Dry Gins is a unique proposition for the discerning gin-lover. Each one is distilled using juniper gathered from one single location – in this instance from Klanac in…  More info

Origin - Klanac, Croatia
1
$37.61

Hunters Gin

70cl, 43.3%
Hunters Gin Ltd

Hunters Gin is a wonderful premium gin developed in Cheshire. It's made in traditional copper pot and rectifying stills (some of which being more than a century old!) and is flavoured with botanicals…  More info

Hunters Gin
$31.34

Edinburgh Gin

70cl, 43%
Edinburgh Gin

This delicious gin is distilled in Edinburgh and is flavoured with lovely botanicals including milk thistle and heather. A very creamy little gin.  More info

Edinburgh Gin
4
$28.55

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Lavender Edition

70cl, 42%
Masons

Unveiled in mid-2015, this is a Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin with a focus on the intense, fragrant and subtly sweet notes of lavender. Should be good for use in summer-y G&Ts and light, elegant cocktails.  More info

Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Lavender Edition
2
$38.32

Sipsmith V.J.O.P.

70cl, 57.7%
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.
3
$41.67

Gin del Professore Monsieur

70cl, 43.7%
Antica Distilleria Quaglia

One of two expressions from the Gin del Professore range produced by the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome. The Monsieur edition focussed more on the juniper side of things, with a subtle flash of citrus…  More info

Gin del Professore Monsieur
$37.61

Indian Summer Saffron Infused Gin

70cl, 46%
Indian Summer

Indian Summer makes use of one of the world's most costly spices by weight, saffron. The pricey spice is infused into the gin, which has imparted intense, sweet and subtly earthy notes. It was…  More info

Indian Summer Saffron Infused Gin
$27.14

Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin

50cl, 44%
Ferdinand

Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin features a particularly intricate recipe, with 30 different botanicals in the mix, including thyme, sloe and rose hip, among (many) others. As if that wasn't enough, the…  More info

Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin
7
$50.44

Firkin Gin Islay Cask

70cl, 46%
Gleann Mór

Firkin Gin from the Gleann Mór chaps, rested in Islay whisky casks, imparting familiar peaty notes alongside classic cask-age-gin-style vanilla-y hints. This'll be good with ginger ale, we reckon...  More info

Firkin Gin Islay Cask
$45.85

Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin

70cl, 43.8%
Four Pillars Distillery

A barrel aged gin from the small Four Pillars distillery in Yarra Valley, Australia. It's created using the same four pillars that their regular gin is based around - the still (called Wilma), the…  More info

Four Pillars Barrel Aged Gin
$59.51

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin

70cl, 43%
Edinburgh Gin

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... This is a limited edition expression from the lovely Edinburgh Gin folks - Seaside Gin! Making use of some intriguing Scottish ingredients from the coast,…  More info

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin
1
$32.99

Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin (70cl)

70cl, 40%
Warner Edwards

Warner Edwards Gin might be rather new, but they've already been winning awards, and what's more, they're already expanding their range with a scrummy Elderflower Gin! The two friends behind Warner…  More info

Warner Edwards Elderflower Infused Gin (70cl)
$31.80

Broker's Gin

70cl, 40%
Brokers

A fine and tasty gin which has been lauded by critics, Broker's is made with herbs, spices and fruits imported from three continents and blended to be extra dry - yes, that's right people, this is…  More info

Broker's Gin
9
$19.97

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