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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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A big Beefeater from the 1990s. This collectible 100cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin is in great condition and would make many fine Gin Martinis.  More info
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Wellity, wellity, wellity. The big boys are cask-aging gin! Interestingly, Beefeater age their specially distilled small batch spirit in casks previously used for Jean de Lillet.  More info
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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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1970s Beefeater. Will surely sell out very promptly.  More info
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Beefeater London Dry Gin, produced in the 1980s. A handsome collectible for the gin fanatics out there.  More info
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A magnum bottle of Beefeater. This is a classic London Dry Gin created by James Burroughs in 1820. It is still made to the same recipe. Very flavoursome and spicy.  More info
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An old bottling of Beefeater London Dry Gin, which has been made to the same recipe since 1820. Dating from the 1970s, the extra time sat in the bottle may have mellowed the gin slightly and led to a...  More info
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A 75cl bottling of Beefeater London Dry Gin dating from the 1980s produced by James Burrough and named after the famous Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London.  More info
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An astonishingly large bottle of Beefeater London Dry Gin, produced in the 1970s. It holds a whole gallon of the classic junipery drink. To help you pour your gin, this big bottle of Beefeater comes...  More info
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A limited edition release of Berkeley Square Gin, which takes its name from one of foggy London town's most illustrious addresses and features basil, kaffir lime leaves and lavender. However, after...  More info
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Spanish gin from the '70s, distilled by Bernado Vila y Cia. Rare, collectible and rather large indeed, sitting at 100cl.  More info
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Hey, Bertola Dry Gin from the 1970s! I'm not sure why, but I feel like I've seen a bottle that looks just like this one... Oh, of course, it must have taken some inspiration from this antique Largon's...  More info
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Big Gin
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Everything is bigger in America. The buildings, the movies and evidently even the gins cut an imposing figure, and Big Gin from Captive Spirits in Washington is certainly no slouch in that respect...  More info
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Blackdown Sussex Dry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
Blackdown Hills sounds like a terrifying place where Gandalf would have done battle against a slightly eviler wizard, but it's actually where the fantastic Blackdown Sussex Dry Gin is produced...  More info
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Blackwoods' 2012 vintage gin comes in their zingy new packaging! It is made in the Shetlands using handpicked Shetland botanicals including juniper, angelica, marsh marigold, coriander, meadow sweet...  More info
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$31.38
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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Ancient American gin! This rare bottle of Blanchard's London Dry Gin was produced way back in 1964, the same year 'A Fistfull of Dollars' was released. It's wrapped in cling film to avoid any dust...  More info
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Bloom Gin is a superb London Dry Gin produced by Greenall's and named "Bloom" in reference to the floral nature of its botanicals: honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile. In 2010 it was awarded a Platinum...  More info
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$40.14
Bloomsbury Lemon Gin
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A lemon-flavoured gin from the Bloomsbury range. Lemon gin used to be quite a thing back in the day, with a number of well known brands having their own Lemon (and/or Orange) expressions alongside...  More info
$31.33
Bloomsbury Orange Gin
(70cl, 45%)
This is an Orange Gin from Bloomsbury, utterly bursting with orange notes. Orange (and Lemon) Gin used to be rather popular for cocktails back in the day - perhaps its time for the style to make a...  More info
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The Bluecoat American Dry distilled in a traditional copper pot still and is named after the uniforms worn by the militia in the American Revolution. The botanical recipe is kept secret however the...  More info
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A classic gin from Dutch distillers, Bols. Silver Top London Dry Gin has been enjoyed in Europe for decades - we've previously had some bottles from years gone by in our Antique Spirits collection...  More info
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Originally launched in 1959, Bombay's Dry Gin is made to the original recipe which preceded Bombay Sapphire. A more robust, traditional style and quite lovely it is too.  More info
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