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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.

Gardiner Gin - 1980s

70cl, 38%
Gardiner

A bottle of Gardiner Gin, produced in the 1980s in France. The label features a pretty cool walking stick, top hat and a scarf - all accoutrements for fancy Victorian folk. This bottle was part…  More info

Gardiner Gin - 1980s
$129.79

Abadia Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 45.60%
Abadia de Alcobaça

A Portuguese gin named for Alcobaça abbey. This bottle is thought to date from the 1960s. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Abadia Dry Gin - 1960s
$194.69

Bosford Extra Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Martini

1960s Bosford Extra Dry Gin, produced by Martini & Rossi. Interestingly, it was produced in Portugal instead of Italy. Unfortunately due to poor storage over the years, the label has faded. This…  More info

Bosford Extra Dry Gin - 1960s
$194.69

Barrocão Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Caves do Barrocão

An antique bottle of Barrocão Dry Gin, which was produced in Portugal back in the 1960s. The label has slightly faded over the years, sadly. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Barrocão Dry Gin - 1960s
$155.75

Soho Old London Dry Gin - 1970s

Glenaber Distillers

This is an antique bottle of Soho Old London Dry Gin, which we believe to have been produced back in the 1970s. The label has an illustration of a fancy man with a fancy hat and a fancy cane reading…  More info

Soho Old London Dry Gin - 1970s
$155.75

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Plymouth

A 75cl bottling of Plymouth Dry Gin thought to date from the 1980s complete with original presentation tube! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s
$155.75

Aliança Gin - 1960s

75cl, 48%
Caves Alianca

An antique bottle of Aliança Gin, produced all the way back in the 1960s in Portugal. 'Aliança', as we all know, is Portuguese for 'Alliance'. This bottle was part of a private collection. More…  More info

Aliança Gin - 1960s
$155.75

Caves Monte Crasto Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 44%
Justino de Sampaio

A Portuguese dry gin thought to date from the 1970s from Justino de Sampaio of Alegre. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Caves Monte Crasto Dry Gin - 1970s
$155.75

Tower of London Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 43%
The Hamilton Distilling Co.

Tower of London Dry Gin thought to have been produced in the 1970s in Portugal. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are…  More info

Tower of London Dry Gin - 1970s
$129.79

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Plymouth

A 75cl bottle of classic Plymouth Dry Gin thought to date from the 1970s complete with an illustration of Plymouth harbour circa 1793, the year Plymouth gin was founded. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1970s
$155.75

Pickering's Sloe Gin

35cl, 30%
Pickering's

For their latest batch of Sloe Gin, Pickering's have used a specially designed one-off distillation rather than their regular gin to perfect this popular bottling and create the desired complementary…  More info

Pickering's Sloe Gin
$23.60

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
$36.77

HTK Belgian Dry Gin

70cl, 43.70%
Hertekamp

A gin from Belgian genever producer Hertekamp made with juniper, coriander, cinnamon and lemon.  More info

HTK Belgian Dry Gin
$32.59

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Speyside

35cl, 47%
Pickering's

A cask-aged Pickering's Gin, which has been matured in casks that previously aged Speyside whisky! This comes from a series of cask aged gins, each matured in casks from a different whisky region of…  More info

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Speyside
$39.96

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Lowland

35cl, 47%
Pickering's

The folks from Pickering's Gin in Edinburgh have introduced a range of cask-aged gins, using casks from the whisky regions of Scotland! This is their expression which was aged in casks which…  More info

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Lowland
$39.96

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
$39.96

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Island

35cl, 47%
Pickering's

A cask-aged gin from Pickering's, part of a series of releases which uses casks from each of the whisky regions of Scotland to mature the gin. This particular Pickering's was aged in casks that…  More info

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Island
$39.96

Moonshine Kid Wolf's Nose Gin

70cl, 43%
Moonshine Kid

Wolf's Nose Gin comes from Moonshine Kid aka Matt Whiley, who was one of the founders of Fluid Movement, the company behind top London bars PURL and Worship Street Whistling Shop. The botanicals used…  More info

Moonshine Kid Wolf's Nose Gin
$32.40

FAIR. Barrel Aged Gin

50cl, 42%
FAIR.

A barrel aged gin from the FAIR. range, which is based around using Fairtrade ingredients to make excellent drinks. This gin, made with juniper sourced from a nature reserve in Uzbekistan, has been…  More info

FAIR. Barrel Aged Gin
$31.75

Bols Silver Top Dry Gin - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Bols

An old bottling of Silver Top Dry Gin from the 1980s, produced by Bols in the Netherlands. This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item…  More info

Bols Silver Top Dry Gin - 1980s
$129.79

Bimber London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Bimber

A London Dry Gin from the Bimber Distillery in London, made using their four-times distilled wheat vodka and a combination of 10 botanicals.  More info

Bimber London Dry Gin
$35.64

Gunroom Navy Gin

50cl, 57%
Gunroom

A Navy Strength Gin from the Gunroom Spirit selection (an apt choice of strength, as the range is heavily inspired by the tipples drank by the Royal British Navy). This is made using juniper,…  More info

Gunroom Navy Gin
$38.89

Gunroom London Dry Gin

50cl, 43%
Gunroom

From the Gunroom Spirits collection, inspired by drinks enjoyed by the Royal British Navy, comes a London Dry Gin made with 12 botanicals (juniper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, savory,…  More info

Gunroom London Dry Gin
$30.50

Gordon's Sloe Gin - 1980s

70cl, 26%
Gordon's

A 1980s sloe gin from famous London Dry brand Gordon's! This bottle was part of a private collection. More detailed information and photographs of this item are available, please contact our…  More info

Gordon's Sloe Gin - 1980s
$103.83

Gordon's Sloe Gin - 1970s

70cl, 26%
Gordon's

This is a collectible bottle of Gordon's Sloe gin from the 1970s! A little piece of history from one of the most well known gin brands in the world, who claim to have been producing sloe gin for over…  More info

Gordon's Sloe Gin - 1970s
$129.79

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