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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.

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
$158.72

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
$198.41

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
$238.09

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
$198.41

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
$238.09

Doornkaat Special Dry Gin - 1960s

70cl, 38%
Doornkaat

A rare bottle of dry gin, produced in the 1960s by German Schnapps makers, Doornkaat before they were bought by Beretzen in 1992. The chap on the bottle looks pretty excited about finding such a rare…  More info

Doornkaat Special Dry Gin - 1960s
$198.41

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
$158.72

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
$158.72

Stock Dry Gin (100cl) - 1949-59

100cl, 45%
Stock

A 1 litre bottle of Stock Dry Gin, produced between 1949 and 1959. For spirits collectors, this is a proper treat. The Label has been scuffed (and looks to have been placed on the bottle slightly off…  More info

Stock Dry Gin (100cl) - 1949-59
$277.77

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
$198.41

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
$132.27

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s

100cl, 47%
Beefeater

A big Beefeater from the 1990s. This collectible 100cl bottle of the classic London Dry Gin is in great condition and would make many fine Gin Martinis.  More info

Beefeater 100cl - 1990s
$132.27

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
$238.09

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
$238.09

Marqués del Real Tesoro Dry Gin - 1960s

Marqués del Real Tesoro

This is a hard-to-find bottle of Dry Gin, produced by Marqués del Real Tesoro in the 1960s. Marqués del Real Tesoro, whom are based in Spain, are actually better known for producing Sherry rather…  More info

Marqués del Real Tesoro Dry Gin - 1960s
$238.09

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
$238.09

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
$238.09

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
$238.09

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
$198.41

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
$198.41

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
$158.72

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
$198.41

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
$198.41

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
$158.72

Holloway’s Sloe Gin - 1950s

76cl, 35%
British American Distillers

Despite having a picture of Southwark, London on the bottle label, this antique Holloway's Sloe Gin was actually made in America! It was made under the supervision of Holloway's Distillery in London,…  More info

Holloway’s Sloe Gin - 1950s
$198.41

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