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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.

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
$155.40

Abadia Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 45.6%
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
$233.10

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
$233.10

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
$233.10

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
$194.25

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
$194.25

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
$194.25

HTK Belgian Dry Gin

70cl, 43.7%
Hertekamp

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

HTK Belgian Dry Gin
$32.52

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
$155.40

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
$155.40

Sikkim Privée

70cl, 40%
Sikkim

Sikkim Privée is the classic expression from the range, which features a combination of Dutch juniper and red tea from the Sikkim region, well know for its excellent tea. It also features a selection…  More info

Sikkim Privée
$49.44

Grant's Special Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 40%
William Grant

A rare bottle of Grant's Special Dry Gin, which we think dates back to the 1970s. Presented in a bottle surprisingly similar to those that Grant's whisky has been presented in for years...  More info

Grant's Special Dry Gin - 1970s
$194.25

Oldmoor London Dry Gin 75cl - 1960s

75cl, 40%
Oldmoor Blending Co

This is a bottle of Oldmoor London Dry Gin, produced for the Italian market back in the 1960s. The label design looks rather similar to that of Gilbey's...  More info

Oldmoor London Dry Gin 75cl - 1960s
$233.10

J.A. Baczewski Dry Gin

70cl, 43.5%
J.A. Baczewski

With a base triple distilled from potatoes, this Austrian gin is made with botanicals that include juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, anise, fennel and ginger. Subtle and very adaptable.  More info

J.A. Baczewski Dry Gin
$26.90

Gordon's London Dry Gin 2l - 1980s

200cl, 47.3%
Gordon's

A big ol' bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin that is, in fact, both big and ol'. We think that this 2 litre bottling was produced back in the 1980s!  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 2l - 1980s
$414.41

Berry Good Strawberry Gin Liqueur

50cl, 25%
Berry Good

From Scottish producer Berry Good comes a Strawberry liqueur made by infusing gin with Scottish strawberries. Enjoyable over ice or as part of a sweet, fruity cocktail.  More info

Berry Good Strawberry Gin Liqueur
$27.38

Gilbey's London Dry Gin 40% - 1970s

75cl, 40%
Gilbey's

This is a 1970s bottling of Gilbey's London Dry Gin, a brand which you can still get your hands on today. It would be very interesting to try this antique bottle alongside a modern bottle to see if…  More info

Gilbey's London Dry Gin 40% - 1970s
$194.25

Saccone's Finest Dry London Gin - 1960s

Saccone & Speed

Produced in the 1960s, this is a bottle of dry gin from the Saccone and Speed company. it's been well kept over the years (of which there have been over 40!) and would make for a wonderful…  More info

Saccone's Finest Dry London Gin - 1960s
$233.10

Stock Dry Gin - 1950s

75cl, 45%
Stock

Stock Dry Gin is a classic Italian brand which has been around for years. This rare bottle was produced in the 1950s and remains in good condition. A very handsome piece for collectors.  More info

Stock Dry Gin - 1950s
$310.80

Francesco Sanchez Marin "Zurito" Gin Bright - 1960s

Francesco Sanchez Marin

The Spanish gin fans out there will be rather interested in this rare bottle produced in the 1960s by Francesco Sanchez Marin. The label has faded a little bit over the years, and the bottle is a…  More info

Francesco Sanchez Marin
$310.80

Victor Serrano Ginebra Seca V.S 25 - 1960s

100cl, 0%
Victor Serrano

An ancient bottling of dry gin from Victor Serrano, produced in Spain during the 1960s. Sadly, the label does not feature an ABV, but what it does feature is some pretty neat stencil-style writing.  More info

Victor Serrano Ginebra Seca V.S 25 - 1960s
$259.00

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s

75cl, 38%
Schlichte

Steinhäger is a name of a style of gin that can only be made in the city of Steinhagen, somewhat similar to how Plymouth gin can only be made in Plymouth. A well known brand of Steinhäger is…  More info

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s
$194.25

Garvey Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Garvey

The design of Gordon's Yellow Label London Dry Gin proved popular in Spain during the 1970s, as we've found plenty of bottles that have "taken inspiration" from the classic gin, such as this 1970s…  More info

Garvey Dry Gin - 1970s
$194.25

Sorel Gin - 1970s

100cl, 38%
Sorel

1970s gin, made by Sorel in Barcelona over 30 years ago. A big ol' 1 litre bottle of it, too! The label has been scuffed a little bit, but the bottle is in good shape otherwise.  More info

Sorel Gin - 1970s
$259.00

Lord Gin (70cl) - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Ramazzotti

Good lord! Lord Gin from the 1980s! What a snazzy little collectible piece from over 20 years ago.  More info

Lord Gin (70cl) - 1980s
$155.40

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