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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.

1606 Gin

70cl, 43%
Union Distillers

A special gin conceived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, close to our offices, and made using the spa town's spring water. The creators also grow and pick their own organic lemons and oranges in Spain,…  More info

1606 Gin
$39.31

1897 Quinine Gin

70cl, 45.80%
1897 Quinine Gin

1897 Quinine Gin is an exciting, innovative London Dry Gin which has been made using cinchona bark - the natural and traditional source of quinine - as well as cold distilled fresh lemon and…  More info

1897 Quinine Gin
5
$43.21

5th Gin Black Air

70cl, 40%
Atmosphera

Most of the 5th Gin range is coloured - Fire is pink/red tinted, Earth has a yellow hue and Water is bright blue! Air, perhaps unsurprisingly, has been left as a clear spirit, but is presented in a…  More info

5th Gin Black Air
$33.72

5th Gin Earth

70cl, 42%
Atmosphera

Earth, like its elemental siblings, is infused with its own selection of botanicals as well as being made more traditional spices and, of course, juniper. Earth, has been taken to mean citrus peels…  More info

5th Gin Earth
$33.72

5th Gin Fire

70cl, 42%
Atmosphera

The 5th Gin London dry range contains Earth, Water, Air and Fire releases, taking inspiration from the classical elements. Fire is infused with red berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and…  More info

5th Gin Fire
$33.72

5th Gin Water

70cl, 42%
Atmosphera

One of a range of four London dry gins based around the classical elements. Water is made with an infusion of rose and violet petals alongside traditional botanicals. It's coloured blue because…  More info

5th Gin Water
$33.72

6 O'clock Damson Gin

70cl, 26%
6 o'Clock

Made in much the same way as their Sloe Gin, this small batch Damson gin from Bramley & Gage uses handpicked British damsons.  More info

6 O'clock Damson Gin
$26.13

6 O'clock Gin

70cl, 43%
6 o'Clock

6 O'Clock gin is made by Bramley and Gage - top English liqueur producers, and the gin itself is made with just 7 botanicals including elderflowers and citrus peel.  More info

6 O'clock Gin
7
$26.06

6 O'clock Sloe Gin

70cl, 26%
6 o'Clock

For their Sloe Gin, which uses a proportion of handpicked sloes from near the distillery in Gloucester, Bramley & Gage follow the tries and tested method of using a high sloe to gin ratio, moderate…  More info

6 O'clock Sloe Gin
$26.13

7 Dials London Dry Gin

70cl, 46%
London Gin Club

This London dry gin is named after the famous crossroads in the St Giles parish of London. Seven Dials sits between St Giles and Soho. The area was urbanised in the late 1600s where seven streets…  More info

7 Dials London Dry Gin
4
$44.30

Abadia Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 45.60%
Abadia de Alcobaça

A Portuguese gin named for Alcobaça abbey. This bottle is thought to date from the 1960s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Abadia Dry Gin - 1960s
$194.69

Adnams Copper House Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Adnams

This cracking gin is distilled in a beer stripping column, before being put through a handmade copper pot still. It is then purified in a rectifier. The result is very creamy and rich. This gin is…  More info

Adnams Copper House Dry Gin
2
$28.80

Adnams First Rate Gin

70cl, 48%
Adnams

A fabulous higher-than-average proof gin from the Southwold-based Adnams Brewery. Big and full-bodied, and rated Best New Product at the CLASS Magazine Awards 2011.  More info

Adnams First Rate Gin
5
$34.97

Adnams Rising Sun

70cl, 42%
Adnams

A rye-based gin from Adnams, released in the latter half of 2016. This is made using rye grown by Jonathan Adnams at his farm is Reydon, along with Japanese macha tea, lemongrass and a blend of…  More info

Adnams Rising Sun
$31.31

Adnams Sloe Gin 50cl

50cl, 26%
Adnams

A very tasty sloe gin from Adnams Brewery. Very creamy, tangy and tart with hints of plum and almond oil.  More info

Adnams Sloe Gin 50cl
$23.86

Akori Premium Gin

70cl, 42%
Akori

A Japanese inspired gin made with rice based spirit, juniper and botanicals such as dragon fruit, kumquat, citrus and ginger.  More info

Akori Premium Gin
$42.14

Aliança Gin - 1960s

75cl, 48%
Caves Alianca

An antique bottle of Aliança Gin, produced all the way back in the 1960s in Portugal. 'Aliança', as we all know, is Portuguese for 'Alliance'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Aliança Gin - 1960s
$155.75

Alkkemist Gin

70cl, 40%
Alkkemist

Alkkemist Gin features a base of triple-distilled grain spirit and 21 different botanicals, interestingly including Muscat grape, alongside orange and lemon peel, rose petals, samphire, fennel, thyme…  More info

Alkkemist Gin
1
$45.58

Ampersand London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Osborne

Ampersand is distilled in England using juniper, coriander, angelica, pepper and the finest Spanish orange and lemon peels (peels by hand and sun-dried). This London Dry Gin is from Osbourne, not to…  More info

Ampersand London Dry Gin
$37.09

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin

50cl, 50%
Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner's London Dry Gin was chosen from more than 25 different recipes, created with 100% British grains and distilled in London. It is named, of course, for Coleridge's famous poem The…  More info

Ancient Mariner London Cut Dry Gin
3
$33.38

Anno 60² Gin

70cl, 60%
Anno

Anno Gin co-founders Andy and Norman both turned 60 in 2015, hence Anno 60² Gin, presented at a healthy stronger-than-navy-strength 60% abv! Produced in Kent, this special edition has a distinctive…  More info

Anno 60² Gin
$55.63

Anno Cranberry & Gin Spirit

70cl, 29%
Anno

A festive treat from Anno! Previously released as Christmas miniatures, Anno's spiced cranberry offering is now here as a full 70cl gin-based spirit drink. Add a tiny splash of vermouth a hey-presto,…  More info

Anno Cranberry & Gin Spirit
$35.41

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
$33.75

Anno Sloe Gin

70cl, 29%
Anno

Say 'hello' to Anno's Sloe Gin! To make it, the Anno Distillers in Kent use a selection of local botanicals, including elderflower, rose hips, lavender and samphire from the Romney Marsh, as well as…  More info

Anno Sloe Gin
$35.41

Arbikie Kirsty's Gin

70cl, 43%
Arbikie

The second release from Scotland's Arbikie Distillery is Kirsty's Gin, a tasty tipple crafted using a base spirit made from estate-grown potatoes (King Edward, Cultra and Maris Piper varieties) and a…  More info

Arbikie Kirsty's Gin
3
$37.06

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