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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.

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s

70cl, 38%
Schlichte

H. W. Schlichte are one of the few remaining producers of Steinhäger gin from Steinhagen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. This rare old bottle is thought to date from the 1970s. This bottle was…  More info

Schlichte Steinhäger - 1970s
$124.71

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
$124.71

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
$187.06

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
$187.06

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
$149.65

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
$149.65

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
$149.65

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
$124.71

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
$149.65

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
$31.31

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
$124.71

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
$124.71

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
$40.60

Duin Gin

50cl, 43%
Duin

A Belgian gin made with juniper, lavender, cardamom, angelica, iris and sea buckthorn.  More info

Duin Gin
$48.02

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
$149.65

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
$187.06

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
$25.90

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
$299.30

Sacred Orris Gin

75cl, 43.8%
Sacred Spirits Company

A light, fragrant, orris-focused gin from the Sacred microdistillery in Highgate. This highly floral expression makes this a great gin for summer cocktails, and trying it in a martini might be a…  More info

Sacred Orris Gin
$34.09

Sir Robert Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin - 1980s

70cl, 50%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A well-preserved bottle of Sir Robert Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin, produced in the 1980s. You might also know the name Sir Robert Burnett from the White Satin gin, or from his days as…  More info

Sir Robert Burnett's Premium Strength London Dry Gin - 1980s
$149.65

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
$26.36

Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin 76cl - 1970s

76cl, 40%
Sir Robert Burnett & Co

A bottle of Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin, produced all the way back in the 1970s. For those of you who like your antique gin to be made by a former Sheriff of London (so that's... Everyone?).  More info

Burnett's White Satin London Dry Gin 76cl - 1970s
$149.65

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
$149.65

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
$187.06

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
$224.47

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