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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.

Darnley's View Gin

70cl, 40%
Wemyss Malts

A crisp, tasty, London Dry Gin created by Wemyss! Darnley's is named after the time when Mary Queen of Scots first met her future husband Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle in 1565.  More info

Darnley's View Gin
2
$33.91

Two Birds Sipping Gin

70cl, 47.30%
Union Distillers

A cask-aged gin from the Two Birds folks in Market Harborough! Their Sipping Gin has a big focus on classic juniper freshness, and is combined with the spicy oak notes by being "Double Wooded" for…  More info

Two Birds Sipping Gin
$53.18

Diplome Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
BeBo Drinks

A gin out of time! Relaunched in 2013 using the same recipe that was perfected in 1945 during WWII; using spices sources from all over Europe and Morocco, macerated in pure beetroot alcohol and…  More info

Diplome Dry Gin
$39.90

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Gilpins

A super-premium London Dry Gin, made in London in pot stills, using spring water from Cartmel in the Lake District, it is made with a variety of botanicals, including the quintessential juniper, and…  More info

Gilpin's Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
3
$41.67

Bulldog Bold

100cl, 47%
Bulldog Gin

Bottled at a higher proof, Bulldog Bold is a full-flavoured version of Bulldog gin, which already has a chock-a-block palate of dragon eye, citrus, poppy seed and a hearty handful of juniper berries.…  More info

Bulldog Bold
$41.82

Sipsmith Sloe Gin 2014

50cl, 29%
Sipsmith

Sipsmith Sloe Gin is produced each year with wild sloe berries that are hand-picked during autumn. Their London Dry Gin is then infused with all those yummy sloes for each delicious vintage release!  More info

Sipsmith Sloe Gin 2014
$28.32

6 O'clock Sloe Gin 35cl

35cl, 26%
6 o'Clock

A half bottle of Bramley & Gage's Sloe Gin, made with bundles of hand-picked hedgerow sloes along with handfuls of delicious herbs and spices.  More info

6 O'clock Sloe Gin 35cl
$17.09

Gordon's Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Gordon's

An absolute classic dry gin, Gordon's is one of the best selling spirits in the world, and was first created in 1769, and the recipe hasn't changed since! This is a triple-distilled gin flavoured…  More info

Gordon's Gin
3
$19.51

Ferdinand's Gin & Tonic Craft Gift Set

50cl, 44%
Ferdinand

A fantastic set for the G&T-lover in your life containing a bottle of Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin, made with 30 botanicals such as thyme and rose hip as well as semi-sweet Riesling wine, and four…  More info

Ferdinand's Gin & Tonic Craft Gift Set
$66.18

Filliers Dry Gin 28 - Sloe Gin 2013

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 2013
$34.42

Filliers Dry Gin 28 - Seasonal Tangerine Edition

50cl, 43.70%
Filliers

Based on the original Filliers Dry Gin 28 recipe, this seasonal edition has been created by Master Distiller Pedro Saez Del Burgo using the finest tangerines from Valencia, harvested exclusively…  More info

Filliers Dry Gin 28 - Seasonal Tangerine Edition
1
$41.37

Tinto Red Premium Gin Gift Pack

70cl, 40%
Decanter Primeiras Marcas

A gift pack containing a 70cl bottle of Tinto Red Gin and a glass. Tinto comes from Valença, Portugal where it's triple distilled using rye and barley spirit, juniper and orange and lemon peels…  More info

Tinto Red Premium Gin Gift Pack
$48.19

Knockeen Hills Heather Gin

70cl, 47.30%
Knockeen Hills

Silver medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2009, this unusual London ‘Cut’ Dry Gin is made from five-times distilled Irish whey spirit!  More info

Knockeen Hills Heather Gin
$42.20

The Lakes Gin

70cl, 43.70%
The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Gin comes from The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria, makers of The ONE Blended Whisky. For their gin, they use locally sourced juniper, as well as more botanicals from the surrounding areas,…  More info

The Lakes Gin
$36.50

W&H Botanic Premium with Tasting Glass

70cl, 40%
Williams & Humbert

A stylish gift pack for gin lovers here! It contains a 70cl bottle of Botanic Premium London Dry Gin, a Spanish gin made with juniper, mandarin, thyme, camomile, peppermint, aniseed, mango, sweet…  More info

W&H Botanic Premium with Tasting Glass
$43.49

Nao Gin

70cl, 40%
Nao

You've seen Port cask-finished whiskies - now try a Port cask-aged gin! Nao Portucale Gin is made with English grain spirit along with botanicals inspired by Portugal, and then then aged in Port…  More info

Nao Gin
$42.54

Batch Premium Gin

70cl, 40%
Batch Spirits

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

Batch Premium Gin
2
$45.58

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

50cl, 47%
Herno

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

Hernö Juniper Cask Gin
2
$62.09

Richmond London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Richmond Distillers

Richmond London Dry Gin is a fairly basic gin that would be suited for use in cocktails rather than enjoying neat.  More info

Richmond London Dry Gin
$14.68

Bruut Gin

70cl, 40%
Bruut

A gin created with Bruges' Bistro Bruut that's inspired by the medieval city, using both gruit herbs and spices (as used in beers of centuries past), as well as mead (another historical touchstone…  More info

Bruut Gin
$56.94

Dactari Gin

50cl, 40%
Dactari

A German gin with a base spirit made with a combination of grain and wine distillates, and featuring a selection of botanicals which include juniper, orange, lemon, liquorice, pepper, coriander and…  More info

Dactari Gin
$45.58

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
$44.29

Gilbey's Gin

70cl, 37.50%
Gilbey's

A classically styled London Dry Gin, Gilbey's is intensely flavoured, and works well in cocktails.  More info

Gilbey's Gin
$19.90

Hernö Blackcurrant

50cl, 28%
Herno

A deeply dark and massively flavoursome blackcurrant gin the Swedish distillery which was crowned Gin Grand Master at the 2013 Spirit Masters Awards, Hernö. It is made with their 'Swedish Excellent'…  More info

Hernö Blackcurrant
$48.84

Sea Pearl Gin

50cl, 40%
Sea Pearl Gin

A coastal-inspired gin made with salicornia (marsh samphire), seaberries (sea buckthorn) and oysters. Every bottle contains a small pearl and the gin works well with seafood or with tonic and lime.  More info

Sea Pearl Gin
$56.31

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