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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.

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin

70cl, 40%
45 West Distillers Ltd

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin, was inspired by a walk in Burleigh Wood, where master distiller Jamie Baxter happened to come across silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. From…  More info

Burleighs Signature London Dry Gin
6
$31.90

Whittaker's Gin

70cl, 42%
Whittaker's Gin

Whittaker's Gin is produced by Harrogate Distillery Ltd., a family business run from their North Yorkshire home at Harewell House Farm. Botanicals include juniper, coriander, angelica root,…  More info

Whittaker's Gin
1
$35.28

Brecon Botanicals Gin

70cl, 43%
Penderyn

Brecon Botanicals Gin is a tasty Welsh gin made at the Penderyn distillery. It is based on pure grain spirit and a special selection of botanicals. The illustrations were specially engraved and…  More info

Brecon Botanicals Gin
4
$26.18

Japanese Gin

70cl, 42%
The Cambridge Distillery

Japanese Gin! Well, sort of. It's made in Cambridge, so it's technically English. However, it's a Japanese Gin at heart as it's made using traditional Japanese ingredients, including Shiso (a type of…  More info

Japanese Gin
4
$66.08

6 O'clock Gin

70cl, 43%
6 o'Clock

6 O'Clock gin is made by Bramley and Gage - top English liqueur producers, and the gin itself is made with just 7 botanicals including elderflowers and citrus peel.  More info

6 O'clock Gin
6
$26.56

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)

72cl, 40%
Drinks by the Dram

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar takes you on a 24 day journey through 23 botanicals, as well as a base gin to which each is added. The botanicals are all lovingly cold-distilled to lock in the fresh…  More info

The Botanical Ginvent Calendar (2015 Edition)
$137.72

Mombasa Club Colonel's Reserve

70cl, 43.50%
Mombasa

A well-presented gin named after a 19th century private social club in Kenya that imported English gin for its members. The botanicals used include caraway, cumin and coriander.  More info

Mombasa Club Colonel's Reserve
$55.06

McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin

70cl, 42%
McQueen

Chocolate and Mint is a combination you're more likely to find in a dessert rather than a gin, but the McQueen distillers up in Callander, Scotland, have defied that idea and made their very own…  More info

McQueen Chocolate Mint Gin
$33.01

Crossbill Small Batch Highland Dry Gin

70cl, 43.80%
Crossbill Highland Distillery

Crossbill Highland Dry Gin features a very simple botanical selection - 100% Scottish juniper berries and rosehip. That's it. In a time where some gins are made with a plethora of botanicals, it's…  More info

Crossbill Small Batch Highland Dry Gin
2
$41.84

Tarquin's The Seadog Navy Strength

70cl, 57%
Southwestern Distillery

Southwestern Distillery's excellent Tarquin's Gin bottled at 57% abv! Orris root, green cardamom seeds, cinnamon and violets are all used and the gin is distilled in Tamara, their copper pot still…  More info

Tarquin's The Seadog Navy Strength
$44.67

Origin - Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria

70cl, 46%
Origin Single Estate Cold Distilled Juniper

Origin is a cold-distilled juniper-only gin, made using juniper from one specific location. This allows gin lovers to explore the effect of terroir, a unique proposition in the world of artisan…  More info

Origin - Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria
$39.63

Bath Gin

70cl, 40%
Bath Gin

The Bath Gin Company was born from the folks at the Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street. Their Bath Gin features a selection of 10 botanicals - Cassia Bark, Lemon Peel, Burnt Orange Peel, Cubeb Berry,…  More info

Bath Gin
8
$40.24

Willem Barentsz Premium Gin

70cl, 43%
Willem Barentsz

Named after Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, this is a gin made with juniper, jasmine, coriander seed, angelica, orange, almond, liquorice, cassia and orris root. It was created by Michael Claessens…  More info

Willem Barentsz Premium Gin
$36.93

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin

70cl, 42%
Portobello Star

This gin was released by the award-wining Notting Hill bar, Portobello Star, home of the Ginsitute. This is a place where one can learn an awful lot about gin, so you would expect Portobello Road No.…  More info

Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
9
$25.67

Jensen Bermondsey Gin

70cl, 43%
Jensen's

A gin distilled in the style of London gins of old. Bermondsey gin makes a superb martini, with a rich, tangy flavour and incredible nose.  More info

Jensen Bermondsey Gin
$28.61

East London Liquor Company Premium Gin Batch No.1

70cl, 45%
East London Liquor Company

The East London Liquor Company's Premium Batch gins offer variations on their regular recipe - a rather exciting undertaking for such a new distillery! Batch 1 is once again made with 100% British…  More info

East London Liquor Company Premium Gin Batch No.1
1
$34.11

Anno Kent Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Anno

Anno Kent Dry Gin is one of the first gins to be distilled in Kent since the 1800s (there's also one that's made literally 15 feet from my desk). Fresh and flavourful with a superb selection of…  More info

Anno Kent Dry Gin
5
$34.39

Akori Premium Gin

70cl, 42%
Akori

A Japanese inspired gin made with rice based spirit, juniper and botanicals such as dragon fruit, kumquat, citrus and ginger.  More info

Akori Premium Gin
$42.95

Eden Mill Golf Gin

50cl, 42%
Eden Mill

Unsurprisingly, Eden Mill "The Spirit of St. Andrew's", have released a Golf Gin! With added hickory, as well as lemongrass, imagine it's been stirred with the finest wooden golf club and brings…  More info

Eden Mill Golf Gin
$34.36

Beefeater Burrough's Reserve Edition 1

70cl, 43%
Beefeater

Wellity, wellity, wellity. The big boys are cask-aging gin! Interestingly, Beefeater age their specially distilled small batch spirit in casks previously used for Jean de Lillet.  More info

Beefeater Burrough's Reserve Edition 1
$69.39

Bloom Gin

70cl, 40%
G&J Greenall

Bloom Gin is a superb London Dry Gin produced by Greenall's and named "Bloom" in reference to the floral nature of its botanicals: honeysuckle, pomelo and chamomile. In 2010 it was awarded a Platinum…  More info

Bloom Gin
8
$28.54

Stratford Gin

50cl, 45%
Shakespeare

Stratford Gin comes to us via the Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon, finding inspiration from Tudor garden botanicals, as well as classic gin botanicals. The distillers use a single shot…  More info

Stratford Gin
$37.42

No. 209 Gin

70cl, 46%
Registered Distillery No. 209

The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini. The name is derived from the fact that the…  More info

No. 209 Gin
4
$40.36

Darnley's View Spiced Gin

70cl, 42.70%
Wemyss Malts

This cinnamon and nutmeg led London Dry Gin from Wemyss is bottled at 42.7% to add to its warming character.  More info

Darnley's View Spiced Gin
4
$32.88

Tiptree Little Scarlett Strawberry Gin Liqueur

35cl, 28%
Wilkin & Sons Ltd.

Recognise the label? Does it make you think of breakfast? That'll be because this come from Wilkin & Sons, makers of many fine conserves. They've used the Little Scarlet Strawberries found in their…  More info

Tiptree Little Scarlett Strawberry Gin Liqueur
2
$21.47

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