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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.

Bosford Dry Gin (40%) - 1960s

100cl, 40%
Martini

A very interesting antique bottle of Bosford Gin, produced in the 1960s. This particular bottle of classic Martini & Rossi gin was actually made in Spain rather than Italy and features a different…  More info

Bosford Dry Gin (40%) - 1960s
$224.61

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin - 1960s

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz

This is an antique bottle of Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin, produced in the 1960s in Malaga, Spain. The label design seems to have been made in a style similar to the classic yellow labels on…  More info

Ricardo Sanchez Ruiz Ari Dry Gin - 1960s
$224.61

Punto Rojo Ginebra Muy Seca - 1960s

Punto Rojo

An interesting ancient bottle of Punto Rojo Gin, produced by S. Mesa in the 1960s. It is another brand of gin that seems to have taken style advice from Gordon's Yellow Label, as their labels share a…  More info

Punto Rojo Ginebra Muy Seca - 1960s
$224.61

D.E.R.S.A. Oxfor Dry - 1960s

100cl, 35%
D.E.R.S.A.

Spanish gin produced in the 1960s by D.E.R.S.A. with a bottle that has a similar style to the classic Gordon's Yellow Label Gin. An odd but interesting collectible.  More info

D.E.R.S.A. Oxfor Dry - 1960s
$224.61

Bernal Gin-Ber - 1960s

95cl, 36%
Bernal

Back in the 1960s, it seems people were a bit relaxed about coming up with new ideas for their labels, as this bottle of Bernal Gin-Ber seems to look almost exactly like classic Gordon's Yellow Label…  More info

Bernal Gin-Ber - 1960s
$224.61

Masso Reus Ekatan JMV Special Dry Gin - 1960s

Masso

A rare, 1960s bottle of JMV Special Dry Gin White Label, produced by Masso in Spain. The label has been scuffed just a little bit, but it is otherwise in splendid condition. A collectible…  More info

Masso Reus Ekatan JMV Special Dry Gin - 1960s
$187.18

Trucha Dry Gin - 1970s

100cl, 42%
J Selga Torras

This is a bottle of Trucha Dry Gin, produced by J. Selga Torras in the 1970s. Trucha, if you were wondering, is the Spanish word for trout, which explains why there's a picture of a fish on the…  More info

Trucha Dry Gin - 1970s
$187.18

Riska Dry Gin - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Riska

This is a 1970s bottle of Spanish Gin, produced in Andujar (not the Argentine goalkeeper) for the Riska brand. The label looks somewhat familiar, and has a rather stoic-looking lion at its centre.  More info

Riska Dry Gin - 1970s
$149.74

Peinado Fine Old Dry Gin 109 - 1970s

100cl, 38%
Peinado y Cia

Peinado Fine Old Dry Gin 109 is a Spanish gin which was produced in the 1970s, with a label that looks surprisingly similar to the old bottles of Gordon's Yellow Label. This one even features a…  More info

Peinado Fine Old Dry Gin 109 - 1970s
$187.18

Juan Vicente Vergara JV Dry Gin - 1970s

Juan Vicente

Juan Vicente Vergara produced this collectible bottle of JV Dry Gin over 30 years ago. A curious relic from the 1970s, as it bares a striking resemblance to the old-fashioned bottles of the famous…  More info

Juan Vicente Vergara JV Dry Gin - 1970s
$187.18

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%
G&J Greenall

Look into the history of Greenall's London Dry Gin with this bottle of their juniper libation, which we believe to have been produce in the 1980s. The bottle is in good condition, although we must…  More info

Greenall's Original London Dry Gin - 1980s
$124.79

Calvert Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 45%
Calvert

Calvert is an American Dry Gin that shares its name with an American whiskey produced by the same company. This bottle was produced in the 1970s, and the label even shows you three potential serves…  More info

Calvert Dry Gin - 1970s
$149.74

Landy Dry Gin - 1950s

Landy Freres

1950s gin, made in Italy and adorned with an illustration of a rather dapper looking gentleman in a top hat. Who doesn't love top hats? Exactly, everyone likes top hats. Hence, this is a neat…  More info

Landy Dry Gin - 1950s
$262.05

J. Selga Torras’ Castillo Dry Gin - 1970s

100cl, 37%
J Selga Torras

Ancient Spanish dry gin, produced in the 1970s by the Jose Selga Torras distillery. Seeing as "Castillo" in Spanish means "Castle" in English, it should come as no surprise that there's a rather…  More info

J. Selga Torras’ Castillo Dry Gin - 1970s
$187.18

Bertola Dry Gin - 1970s

100cl, 38%
Bertola

Hey, Bertola Dry Gin from the 1970s! I'm not sure why, but I feel like I've seen a bottle that looks just like this one... Oh, of course, it must have taken some inspiration from this antique…  More info

Bertola Dry Gin - 1970s
$187.18

Largon's Dry Gin - 1970s

70cl, 38%
Jerezana

Well what have we here? An antique bottle of gin from the 1970s! This is a 70cl bottle of Gordon's Largon's Dry Gin, which, as we all know, is "the heart of best for a good cocktail"!  More info

Largon's Dry Gin - 1970s
$149.74

Gordon's London Dry Gin 38% - 1970s

70cl, 38%
Gordon's

A bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin, made for the Italian market in the 1970s.  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 38%  - 1970s
$149.74

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125l - 1970s

112cl, 47.3%
Gordon's

1.125 litres of Gordon's London Dry Gin from the 1970s. "The Heart of a Good Cocktail" the bottle proclaims, and we couldn't agree more.  More info

Gordon's London Dry Gin 1.125l - 1970s
$224.61

Stock Dry Gin - 1949-1959

75cl, 45%
Stock

I've been trying to write a joke connecting Stock Dry Gin made between 1949 and 1959 to Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, but the closest I've come to something that makes sense is "Block (of ice),…  More info

Stock Dry Gin - 1949-1959
$224.61

Sarti Dry Gin - 1950s

75cl, 45%
Sarti

No, that's not a lava dog on the label of this Sarti Dry Gin from the 1950s. He's just a little... Okay, yes, it's a lava dog.  More info

Sarti Dry Gin - 1950s
$249.57

Stock Extra Dry Gin - 1949-59

75cl, 45%
Stock

Bottled in Trieste, Italy, this release of Stock Dry Gin dates back to in between 1949 and 1959.  More info

Stock Extra Dry Gin - 1949-59
$224.61

Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin 1.14l - 1960s

114cl, 51.5%
Seagram's

An imperial quart of Seagram's Extra Dry Gin from the U.S. of A., bottled in the 1960s!  More info

Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin 1.14l - 1960s
$280.77

Stock Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 45%
Stock

Stock Finest Old Dry Gin bottled between 1949-1959 in Trieste, Italy.  More info

Stock Dry Gin - 1960s
$224.61

Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1.75l - early 1980s

175cl, 40%
Gordon's

Gordon’s Gin that was distilled and bottled in the US in the early 1980s. This handsome 1.75 litre bottle has a handle on the back.  More info

Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1.75l - early 1980s
$274.53

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1949-59

75cl, 46.2%
Gilbey's

A staggeringly old antique bottle of gin, produced some time between 1949 and 1959 by Gilbey's.  More info

Gilbey’s London Dry Gin - 1949-59
$224.61

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