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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.

Sikkim Bilberry

70cl, 40%
Sikkim

Sikkim gins are made with a base of high quality red tea from Sikkim, Tibet. This bilberry version is also made with juniper, flower essences, blackberries, iris, blueberries, coriander, calamus and…  More info

Sikkim Bilberry
1
$40.53

Broken Heart Gin

70cl, 40%
Broken Heart Spirits

A gin developed by two Germans living in New Zealand who grew to become good friends. One of them then tragically became ill and died, however, leaving the other to share the gin with the world…  More info

Broken Heart Gin
1
$38.33

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
$35.69

Dictador Premium Colombian Aged Gin - Ortodoxy

70cl, 43%
Dictador

An aged gin from the people who make Dictador Rum which is based on the forula of the company's former president, Dario Parra. After visiting the UK and enjoying what he decided to be God's drink…  More info

Dictador Premium Colombian Aged Gin - Ortodoxy
3
$37.29

Gilt Single Malt Scottish Gin

70cl, 40%
Gilt Gin Company

Gilt Gin is made by the same Scottish company which makes the famous Valt Vodka. It's based on single malt spirit, which is distilled five times from nothing but malted barley.  More info

Gilt Single Malt Scottish Gin
5
$30.28

Platu London Dry Gin

70cl, 39%
Platu

Platu London Dry Gin is triple-distilled Spanish tipple made with 10 botanicals, including juniper, lemon, orange, cassia, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, orris, liquorice and angelica. These are…  More info

Platu London Dry Gin
$23.80

Zymurgorium Extra Gooseberry Gin Liqueur (Quintessential Range)

50cl, 18%
The Zymurgorium

A purée gin liqueur from The Zymurgorium in Manchester made with fresh Cheshire gooseberries! Try it with tonic.  More info

Zymurgorium Extra Gooseberry Gin Liqueur (Quintessential Range)
$27.48

Hayman's Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin

70cl, 57%
Hayman Distillers

Hayman's decided to create the Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin following demand for higher strength spirits from bartenders and is named after the old Naval base in Deptford, East London.  More info

Hayman's Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin
1
$30.94

Shetland Reel Simmer Gin

70cl, 49%
Saxa Vord Distillery

A particularly citrus-forward edition of Shetland Reel Gin! The name has been inspired by the gorgeous amber skies above the Shetlands during the long summer days, known as 'Simmer Dim'.  More info

Shetland Reel Simmer Gin
$36.82

Strane London Dry Gin - Navy Strength

50cl, 57.1%
Smögen

A Navy Strength edition of Strane London Dry Gin from Swedish distillers, Smögen. Strane is made with a selection of botanicals which include coriander seeds, cinnamon bark, basil, garden mint, sage,…  More info

Strane London Dry Gin - Navy Strength
1
$51.20

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
$36.37

The Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

72cl, 46%
Origin

Each gin in the Origin range is made with juniper taken from only one location, allowing gin enthusiasts to explore the effects of terroir on a gin. This Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendar contains…  More info

The Origin Single Botanical Gin Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)
2
$103.67

Granit Bavarian Gin

70cl, 42%
Penninger

Granit Bavarian Gin is made with a selection of 28 different botanicals (the likes of cardamom, coriander and lemon, as well as plants native to the Bavarian Forest including baldmoney and gentian…  More info

Granit Bavarian Gin
$46.89

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
4
$35.54

Whittaker's Gin - Navy Strength

70cl, 57%
Whittaker's Gin

A Navy Strength variation of the Harrogate Distillery's Whittaker's Gin, made with juniper, coriander, angelica root, bilberries, hawthorne berries, bog myrtle and thyme. The additional ABV gives a…  More info

Whittaker's Gin - Navy Strength
$39.33

The Sting London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
The Sting

The Sting is a London dry gin that's distilled five times in a copper pot still and infused with 10 different herbs.  More info

The Sting London Dry Gin
$30.09

nginious! Swiss Blended Gin

50cl, 45%
nginious!

nginious! is a Swiss gin created by Oliver Ullrich and Ralph Villager, made with a selection of 18 botanicals that have been placed into four groups, which have been distilled and blended together to…  More info

nginious! Swiss Blended Gin
1
$48.32

Broker's Gin (47%)

70cl, 47%
Brokers

The higher strength edition of Broker's Gin weighs in at 47% ABV, and with it comes a creamy mouth feel and a boost in botanical character. It still maintains the powerful dryness, slightly herbal,…  More info

Broker's Gin (47%)
3
$23.69

East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
East London Liquor Company

The signature gin from the East London Liquor Company, a distillery based in Bow Wharf (right near Victoria Park, for those of you that know the area). This London Dry Gin is made with 100% British…  More info

East London Liquor Company London Dry Gin
8
$21.73

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper

50cl, 59.8%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

Crossbill distillery, at the time of writing, is the only gin producer in Britain that enjoys access to fresh juniper for their spirits literally at their door. On discovering that one of their…  More info

Crossbill Special Edition Dry Gin - 200 Year Old Single Specimen Juniper
$88.12

Sacred Cardamom Gin

70cl, 43.8%
Sacred Spirits Company

To create their Cardamom Gin, the distillers at Sacred in Highgate steep green Guatemalan Cardamom pods in English grain spirit, which is then re-distilled. As you can imagine, the intense, spicy…  More info

Sacred Cardamom Gin
2
$35.21

Walcher Gin La Vita è Bella

70cl, 40%
Walcher

Walcher Gin La Vita è Bella is inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, made with a wheat spirit as a base, and is chock-full of tasty botanicals. These include uncommon sightings like mugwort…  More info

Walcher Gin La Vita è Bella
1
$37.67

J.J. Whitley Nettle Gin

70cl, 38.6%
Halewood International

A massively herbaceous gin from the J.J. Whitley range - nettle isn't often a flavour seen in gins, so we're rather intrigued by this one...  More info

J.J. Whitley Nettle Gin
$19.65

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l

150cl, 40%
Bombay Sapphire

An exceptional London dry gin, Bombay Sapphire is triple distilled and flavoured using a vapour infusion method, whereby the spirit passes through a copper basket filled with 10 different botanicals,…  More info

Bombay Sapphire 1.5l
$44.84

Cambridge Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
The Cambridge Distillery

A terrific gem of a gin from the Cambridge Distillery, made with Macedonian juniper and a selection of botanical capturing the essence of all four seasons. Cambridge Dry Gin features blackcurrant…  More info

Cambridge Dry Gin
2
$39.61

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