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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.

Kimerud Distilled Gin

70cl, 47%
Kimerud

Distilled in the shiny Arnold Holstein still on Kimerud Farm in Lier, near Oslo, 20 handpicked botanicals are used. Grown on the farm, these include juniper, coriander, lemon peel, walnut and mint as…  More info

Kimerud Distilled Gin
$35.83

Perry's Tot - Navy Strength Gin

70cl, 57%
New York Distilling Company

Perry's Tot is an American Navy Strength gin made by the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was named for Matthew Calbraith Perry, a Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the…  More info

Perry's Tot - Navy Strength Gin
2
$52.65

Ginraw Gastronomic Gin

70cl, 42.3%
Ginraw

Ginraw comes to us all the way from Barcelona, created by a pair of entrepreneurs with the help of four masters in their craft: a chef, a sommelier, a mixologist and a perfumer. The use…  More info

Ginraw Gastronomic Gin
$52.65

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Highland

35cl, 47%
Pickering's

From Pickering's Oak Aged series comes a gin which has been matured in casks that previously aged Highland whisky. They have a whole selection of these bottlings, each one aged in casks from the…  More info

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Highland
$38.94

Makar Old Tom Gin

70cl, 43%
The Glasgow Distillery Co.

An Old Tom Gin from the Glasgow Distillery Co.'s Makar range! A style of gin very much en vogue during the 18th and 19th century, Old Tom gins are slightly sweetened and go marvellously in…  More info

Makar Old Tom Gin
$36.89

Blind Tiger Imperial Secrets

50cl, 45%
Deluxe Distillery

A rather aromatic edition of Blind Tiger Gin (the name is inspired by the days of Prohibition). Their Imperial Secrets expression features a selection of classic gin botanicals, as well as three…  More info

Blind Tiger Imperial Secrets
$37.89

Strathearn Citrus Gin

70cl, 40%
Strathearn

A citrus-forward gin the from the Strathearn Distillery in Scotland, made using Italian lemon, Spanish grapefruit and a touch of Kaffir lime leaf as well as a selection of classic gin botanicals.  More info

Strathearn Citrus Gin
$31.57

Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Greenhook Ginsmiths

Greenhook Gin is produced in a custom built copper alembic still made to work with a mercury vacuum, which reduces atmospheric pressure in the still. The science pays off with a blend of…  More info

Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin
$45.85

Persie Herby & Aromatic Gin

50cl, 40%
Persie

The Persie Gin range is distilled at Persie Hotel in Perthshire, concentrating on distinct flavour profiles. This edition is perfect in a G&T with a basil garnish or neat over ice.  More info

Persie Herby & Aromatic Gin
$28.09

Nelson's Gin

70cl, 42.5%
Nelson's

A small batch gin from Nelson's Distillery & Gin School in Grindley near the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border made with a range of botanicals from around the globe including lemongrass and kaffir…  More info

Nelson's Gin
3
$36.26

Chilgrove Dry Gin

70cl, 44%
Chilgrove

Chilgrove Dry Gin is a rather exciting spirit, as the base comes not from distilled grain but distilled grapes instead, similar to how it was in the olden days when jenever was distilled from wine in…  More info

Chilgrove Dry Gin
$30.57

Revolution Gin

70cl, 42%
Ironbridge Spirit Co.

A grain to glass gin from Telford's Ironbridge Spirit Co. made with Wenlock Spring water and complete with industrial revolution-themed label to celebrate the area's history.  More info

Revolution Gin
$32.86

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
$29.33

Bishop's Gin

70cl, 40.7%
Ponet Spirits

Bishop's Gin takes its name from Englishman John Ponet, Bishop of Rochester and then Winchester in the 1550s. A reformer who questioned the divine right of kings and fought for religious freedoms,…  More info

Bishop's Gin
$36.96

Beefeater London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
Beefeater

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

Beefeater London Dry Gin
8
$18.45

Gordon's Sloe Gin

70cl, 26%
Gordon's

A crisp Sloe Gin from Gordon's made by steeping Sloe berries in Gordon's gin. Crisp and delicate.  More info

Gordon's Sloe Gin
5
$20.64

Zuidam Dutch Courage

70cl, 44.5%
Zuidam

Zuidam's wonderfully named Dutch Courage is a rich dry gin from Holland. It is based on grain spirit, which is flavoured with the very best botanicals. Made in small batches, this is a crisp and…  More info

Zuidam Dutch Courage
2
$33.02

Forest Dry Gin - Winter

50cl, 45%
Forest Spirits

One of four gin release for the Forest Dry Gin range, created by Belgian sommelier Jurgen Lijcops, each one capturing the character of a particular season - this is the Winter edition. The four…  More info

Forest Dry Gin - Winter
$40.00

Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas

50cl, 41.3%
Orkney Gin Company

Inspired by the long midsummer days on Orkney, Johnsmas is a highly floral, fragrant and light gin made with a selection of hand-picked botanicals from the island and elsewhere. Top stuff for sipping…  More info

Orkney Gin Company Johnsmas
$32.14

Copperhead Black

50cl, 42%
Copperhead

A variation on Copperhead Gin's recipe, their Copperhead Black features the sweetness of elderberry paired with black Ceylon tea, alongside juniper, coriander, cardamom, orange zest and angelica.  More info

Copperhead Black
$36.96

Buss No.509 White Rain Gin

70cl, 50%
Buss Spirits

All the way from Belgium comes the Buss No.509 range of gins made by Buss Spirits, which was created by Serge Buss. For their White Rain expression, the botanicals include juniper, coriander,…  More info

Buss No.509 White Rain Gin
$57.50

London Hill Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
London Hill

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

London Hill Dry Gin
1
$15.92

Boxer Gin

70cl, 40%
Green Box Drinks

The Boxer is a crisp London Dry Gin with a wonderfully complex, vibrant flavour. It is based on fresh juniper and a trio of a superb botanicals: orange, lemon and bergamot. The result is truly superb.  More info

Boxer Gin
3
$29.90

Beefeater 24

70cl, 45%
Beefeater

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

Beefeater 24
9
$26.03

Gabriel Boudier Sloe Gin - Bartender Range

50cl, 25%
Gabriel Boudier

One of Gabriel Boudier's ranges (they seem to have so many!) is aimed at bartenders of all kinds, so this is a no nonsense sloe gin liqueur for you to make a variety of fun drinks.  More info

Gabriel Boudier Sloe Gin - Bartender Range
$14.10

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