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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.

Shetland Reel Simmer Gin

70cl, 49%
Saxa Vord Distillery

A particularly citrus-forward edition of Shetland Reel Gin! The name has been inspired by the gorgeous amber skies above the Shetlands during the long summer days, known as 'Simmer Dim'.  More info

Shetland Reel Simmer Gin
$37.47

Göteborg Gin

50cl, 45%
Svenska Eldvatten

Göteborg Gin comes to us from the Svenska Eldvatten chaps in Sweden (who also independently bottle whiskies and rums), named after one of the most famous Swedish cities. A classically styled gin with…  More info

Göteborg Gin
$28.26

Big Gin

75cl, 47%
Captive Spirits

Everything is bigger in America. The buildings, the movies and evidently even the gins cut an imposing figure, and Big Gin from Captive Spirits in Washington is certainly no slouch in that respect.…  More info

Big Gin
1
$42.17

London 40 Gin

70cl, 40%
Old St Andrews

London 40 is made to the same recipe as Pink 47 but with a reduced alcohol content.  More info

London 40 Gin
$19.95

Gilbey's Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Gilbey's

A classically styled London Dry Gin, Gilbey's is intensely flavoured, and works well in cocktails.  More info

Gilbey's Gin
$17.24

VL92 XY Gin 1l

100cl, 41.7%
H. van Toor Jz

VL92 XY is a Dutch gin built upon a malt-wine base and combined with a selection of 14 botanicals, including orange peel, angelica, coriander and juniper. In some ways it's traditional, harking back…  More info

VL92 XY Gin 1l
$47.33

Brouwerij de Molen Gentle Gin

50cl, 38%
Brouwerij de Molen

A beer cask matured gin! Twice distilled and unfiltered, this Gentle Gin is bottled by the Dutch craft brewers at Brouwerij de Molen. (So it's not to be confused with the "Gentle Gin" brand from…  More info

Brouwerij de Molen Gentle Gin
$41.14

The Spectator Gin

70cl, 42.4%
Master of Malt

This gin was crafted to a special recipe, created for readers of The Spectator. We’ve taken a beautiful, intense, perfumed juniper-infused spirit, with lashings of spice and pepper notes, and added…  More info

The Spectator Gin
$34.79

Nº Zero London Dry Gin

70cl, 40.8%
Number Zero

Nº Zero is a London Dry Gin packed with floral sweetness from the first wafts on the nose to the final enjoyably bitter notes. Their botanical selection includes juniper, cinnamon, iris, angelica,…  More info

Nº Zero London Dry Gin
$23.17

Long Table Cucumber Gin

75cl, 44%
Long Table

A award-winning gin from Vancouver's Long Table distillery made with nine botanicals including juniper, two different peppers and, of course, cucumber. Works well with citrus.  More info

Long Table Cucumber Gin
$37.96

Wire Works American Gin

75cl, 45%
GrandTen Distilling

GrandTen Distillers are based in Boston, Massachusetts, and helmed by Matthew Nuernberger and Spencer McMinn. Now then, hands up if you like yummy American gin... If your hand is in the air like it…  More info

Wire Works American Gin
$47.46

Xellent Gin

70cl, 40%
Diwisa

A Swiss gin, made with a base of high-quality rye grain spirit, seasoned with 25 botanicals including Edelweiss, woodruff, elderflower, lemon balm and lavender - the latter two are grown by Master…  More info

Xellent Gin
$49.86

Bimber London Dry Gin

70cl, 42%
Bimber

A London Dry Gin from the Bimber Distillery in London, made using their four-times distilled wheat vodka and a combination of 10 botanicals.  More info

Bimber London Dry Gin
$34.79

Nelson's Navy Strength Gin

70cl, 57%
Nelson's

A Navy Strength gin from Nelson's Distillery & Gin School in Grindley near the Derbyshire and Staffordshire border. This is made with the same botanicals as their original recipe, which includes…  More info

Nelson's Navy Strength Gin
$68.41

Citadelle Réserve Gin 2014

70cl, 44%
Citadelle

The 2014 edition of Citadelle's stupendous, Solera-system-aged Réserve Gin is made with 19 select botanicals and is aged in a small number of Ferrand Cognac casks. These releases are always well…  More info

Citadelle Réserve Gin 2014
$43.25

Wire Works Special Reserve American Gin

75cl, 43.9%
GrandTen Distilling

We all had our hands up for enjoying a good American gin - well this time, put up your hands if you like tasty, barrel aged American gin... Okay, that's all of you again. Well good, because GrandTen…  More info

Wire Works Special Reserve American Gin
$47.46

Bloomsbury Sloe Gin Liqueur

70cl, 29%
Bloomsbury

This is a bottle of the sloe gin liqueur. Sloes are small plum-like fruits that are extremely bitter however they are excellent for flavouring gins and making liqueurs such as this one here.  More info

Bloomsbury Sloe Gin Liqueur
$22.12

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Island

35cl, 47%
Pickering's

A cask-aged gin from Pickering's, part of a series of releases which uses casks from each of the whisky regions of Scotland to mature the gin. This particular Pickering's was aged in casks that…  More info

Pickering's Gin Oak Aged - Island
$39.01

Jodhpur London Dry Gin

70cl, 43%
Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a London Dry Gin inspired by India, featuring botanicals like coriander, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and angelica from Saxony and Belgium, among others.  More info

Jodhpur London Dry Gin
$28.45

South Bank London Dry Gin

70cl, 37.5%
Southbank

A London Dry Gin named for the Southbank. This is great value for money, and is intended as a mixing product.  More info

South Bank London Dry Gin
3
$18.52

Dactari Gin

50cl, 40%
Dactari

A German gin with a base spirit made with a combination of grain and wine distillates, and featuring a selection of botanicals which include juniper, orange, lemon, liquorice, pepper, coriander and…  More info

Dactari Gin
$39.49

Strane Oaked Gin

50cl, 55%
Smögen

Unveiled in the latter half of 2016, it's the Strane Oaked Gin from the Smögen distillery in Sweden. This was matured for 18 months in a Sherry butt before being bottled at 55% ABV. They recommend…  More info

Strane Oaked Gin
$52.65

Vallombrosa Dry Gin

70cl, 47%
Vallombrosa

An Italian gin from the Benedictine monks of Vallombrosa Abbey in Tuscany.  More info

Vallombrosa Dry Gin
$38.49

St. George Gin Triple Pack

60cl, 45%
St. George Spirits

Can't decide which St. George gin you want? Well now you don't have to, as the clever boffins at St. George Spirits have discovered a way that you can duplicate yourself and enjoy all three gins as a…  More info

St. George Gin Triple Pack
$46.41

5th Gin Water

70cl, 42%
Atmosphera

One of a range of four London dry gins based around the classical elements. Water is made with an infusion of rose and violet petals alongside traditional botanicals. It's coloured blue because…  More info

5th Gin Water
$32.91

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