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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.

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Bath Gin
(70cl, 40%)
The Bath Gin Company was born from the folks at the Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street. Their Bath Gin features a selection of 10 botanicals - Cassia Bark, Lemon Peel, Burnt Orange Peel, Cubeb Berry...  More info
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$46.57
Batch Premium Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Batch Premium Gin features quite a varied selection of botanicals, including juniper, coriander seed, cinnamon bark, angelica root, lemongrass stalks, orange peel, cardamom, clove, crushed nutmeg and...  More info
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$47.71
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
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$29.71
Japanese Gin
(70cl, 42%)
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
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$76.48
For those of you who are familiar with the Batshit Mental Darkness!-Aged Bathtub Gin (Ardbeg), this is a slightly more subtle affair aged in a cask that previously held peated whisky from a very...  More info
$38.21
Pink Gin from the Gin Lane 1751 range, which harks back to the Victorian era with its style and flavour profile. This is made by infusing their gin with bitters, giving it a good kick of spice, as...  More info
$26.51
Beefeater 24
(70cl, 45%)
A more recent addition to the Beefeater range. When creating Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne knew he had to come up with something totally different for his selection of botanicals. He used tea! The 12...  More info
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$31.24
We all know that juniper is fairly important when it comes to gin, similar to how words are important to books and marmalade is important to Paddington Bear. However, the Swedish artisan distillery...  More info
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$59.52
Eden Mill Love Gin
(50cl, 42%)
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
$41.51
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
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$43.66
Shetland Reel Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Shetland Reel Gin comes to us all the way from Unst, one of the Shetland islands! Made with a specially devised recipe featuring 8 botanicals, including juniper, coriander seed, orris root, cassia...  More info
$40.75
Plymouth Sloe Gin
(70cl, 26%)
This is made by steeping sloe berries in Plymouth Gin and then blending it with Dartmouth water. A great, crisp and fruity sloe gin from Plymouth.  More info
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$32.90
A cask-aged edition of Santamanía's London Dry Gin, matured in a French oak casks for several months in their 16th century stone cellar. Once again, the gin is made with a base spirit of Tempranillo...  More info
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$47.21
Beefeater London Dry Gin was first made in 1820 by James Burroughs. It is still, to this day, made to the same recipe. Great in a martini, this is a spiced, fruity gin.  More info
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$22.06
Aviation Gin
(70cl, 42%)
A batch distilled Gin from America, Aviation Gin offers a Dutch style and it was distilled from rye and flavoured with Juniper, Lavender, Anise, Sarsaparilla, Orange peel and Cardamom.  More info
$41.88
Jinzu Gin
(70cl, 41.30%)
Jinzu Gin brings English and Japanese traditions together to create an exciting, intriguing spirit. It's made with a blend of English gin (featuring juniper, coriander, angelica, yuzu and Japanese...  More info
$44.59
A stunning Spanish gin made using 12 botanicals which are distilled five times. Larios 12 is made with botanicals including wild juniper, nutmeg, angelica root, coriander, Mediterranean lemon, orange...  More info
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$24.35
London Hill Dry Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$19.27
Ungava Gin
(70cl, 43.10%)
Ungava is a very intriguing Canadian Gin, made using six rare, botanicals which bestow upon it a distinctive flavour profile and the natural, vibrant colour. These hand-picked botanicals include...  More info
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$49.64
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
$50.96
The recipe for Beckett's Gin is based on simplicity and quality, with only 6 botanicals used; juniper, lime, orris root, sweet orange peel, coriander and Kingston Upon-Thames mint. Infused with...  More info
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$40.18
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 Skopje in...  More info
$45.86
Ginnifer Golden Gin
(70cl, 49%)
Small batch craft gin from Western Australia aged in French Oak Barriques! Helpfully, the Great Southern Distilling Company have added that this gin was "made with juniper" on the label. Thanks for...  More info
$94.08
Death's Door gin is a fine American gin made with organic red winter wheat from Washington Island, Wisconsin. Bottled at higher strength than your average gin, this made a great martini. This bottle...  More info
User Rating:  (2 Reviews)
$52.63
Brecon Botanicals Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Brecon Botanicals Gin is a tasty Welsh gin made at the Penderyn distillery. It is based on pure grain spirit and a special selection of botanicals. The illustrations were specially engraved and...  More info
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$28.49
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