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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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Nolet's Silver Dry Gin
(70cl, 47.60%)
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Who would have thought that it would be possible to age some Bathtub Gin in a cask which had previously held sweet, sticky Pedro Ximénez Sherry? Well of course it was the Batshit Mental Ideas team!...  More info
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The Rock Town distillers out in Arkansas have only gone and barrel-aged their tasty Brandon's Small Batch Gin! They use juniper, coriander, angelica, cinnamon, lemon peel, orange peel and anise to...  More info
$44.84
This is a 1950s bottling of Sloe Gin, produced by W. A. Ross & Brother Ltd in the 1950s. With this label, they have firmly shown their allegiance to one side of the "do you put an S after the...  More info
$281.93
The Batshit Mental Ideas range has seen Bathtub Gin being aged in whisky casks, cocktail casks, even bitters casks! What's next?! Rum. That's what. Enjoy!  More info
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We think that this well-kept bottle of Plymouth Dry Gin (presented as the pleasing-sounding Plym-Gin) was produced at some point between the start of the 1960s and the end of the 1970s.  More info
$187.95
Shetland Reel Gin
(70cl, 43%)
Shetland Reel Gin comes to us all the way from Unst, one of the Shetland islands! Made with a specially devised recipe featuring 8 botanicals, including juniper, coriander seed, orris root, cassia...  More info
$53.72
Mascaró Gin 9
(70cl, 40%)
An elegant, refined Spanish gin from Mascaró, who started producing their drinks back in the 1940s. Gin 9 focuses around the bright, spicy, subtly pine-y notes of juniper, with hints of citrus and...  More info
$44.79
For those of you who are familiar with the Batshit Mental Darkness!-Aged Bathtub Gin (Ardbeg), this is a slightly more subtle affair aged in a cask that previously held peated whisky from a very...  More info
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Liverpool Gin
(70cl, 42%)
From the wonderful, lively city of Liverpool comes a highly aromatic organic gin! Liverpool Gin features a botanical selection which includes angelica, citrus and coriander, as well as hand-picked...  More info
$70.40
A rather interesting gift pack from those wonderful Hendrick's Gin chaps, featuring a 70cl bottle of their excellent gin and a 'Hothouse Mist' atomiser, which you could use to add a mist to your...  More info
$52.39
Jinzu Gin
(70cl, 41.30%)
Jinzu Gin brings English and Japanese traditions together to create an exciting, intriguing spirit. It's made with a blend of English gin (featuring juniper, coriander, angelica, yuzu and Japanese...  More info
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Batch Premium Gin
(70cl, 40%)
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
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Anno Sloe Gin
(70cl, 29%)
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
$51.26
Boë Superior Gin (41.5%)
(70cl, 41.50%)
Boë Superior Gin is named after and inspired by Franz de la Boë, who first created gin back in 1658 (originally intended as a medicine, not as a delicious libation as we enjoy it these days). Not only...  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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Bosford Extra Dry Gin, produced by Martini & Rossi in the 1960s. It still has the little squirrel on the label, which is always a treat. This is a 100cl bottling.  More info
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Who knows what would happen if someone went and matured some Bathtub Gin in a cask which had previously held blended malt? Well, the Batshit Mental Ideas chaps certainly do, as they've actually gone...  More info
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Bloomsbury Lemon Gin
(70cl, 45%)
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
$32.03
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
$32.03
Brighton Gin
(70cl, 40%)
Brighton Gin is a fantastic tipple from the beautiful city of Brighton and Hove on the South Coast, made by five Brightonian gin lovers, including a former restaurateur, a spirits specialist, a...  More info
$61.02
The fourth release from the Buss No.509 is a Persian Peach flavoured gin, made with a selection of botanicals including juniper, coriander, liquorice, angelica, vanilla, cardamom, iris, orange, lemon...  More info
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Packed with citrus notes, this Buss No.509 Gin features red Californian grapefruit as a botanical, along with Juniper, Coriander, Liquorice, Angelica, Vanilla, Cardamom, Iris, Orange and Lemon. Bright...  More info
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Buss No.509 Raspberry Gin
(70cl, 37.50%)
The first gin released from the Buss No.509 gin range. This Belgian gin features Juniper, Coriander, liquorice, Angelica, Vanilla, Cardamon, Iris, Orange, Lemon and Raspberry as botanicals. Though...  More info
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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
$85.44

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