Gin

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  • Van Wees Jonge Geneva 35% 50cl
    This geneva is a mixture of grain alcohol, pure malt wine and distilled malt wines. It's their simplest geneva, but compared to other Dutch geneva, this is already a very high quality geneva. Smooth, tasty with the obvious taste of Juniperberry. Esta...
    £21.75
  • Van Wees Amsterdamsche 35% 70cl
    A special combination of 100% malted garins and special herbs, is distileld twice. Light yellow in colour with at leasst 6 months aging in oak. A good start for your first acquaintance with a good old genever. It is soft, concentaretd and pleasant to drink at any moment. Establishe...
    £32.50
  • Sipsmith London Cup 29% 70cl
    Sipsmith London Fruit cup is made using their very fine gin as the base and blending it with summer fruits and earl grey tea, lemon verbana and cucumber. Aromatic yet dry, its perfect with a mixer in the sun.
    £33.99
  • Leopolds small Batch Gin Batch No. 10-24 40% 70cl
    Handcrafted, hand bottled, hand labeled, and hand numbered, this small batch gin is truly unique. First, it is an American Gin. Master Distiller Todd Leopold handcrafts every batch in a small 40-gallon copper still, blending uniquely American botanicals like hand-zested Florida Oranges and Califo...
    £45.99
  • Haymans Old Tom Gin 40% 70cl
    The British spirits company, Hayman Distillers, has dusted off an old family recipe for Old Tom, and the vintage gin is now being brought on the UK Market. The name "Old Tom Gin" purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted...
    £25.99
  • Haymans London Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Hayman's London Dry Gin is the culmination of Christopher Hayman's 40 years involvement in the distillation of Gin. A premium classic style of London Dry Gin created by Hayman Distillers who are the oldest Gin distilling family in the UK. Christopher Hayman inherited his passion for Gin distillin...
    £22.99
  • Williams Great Extra Dry British Gin Chase 40% 70cl
    Gin starts out life as a vodka, so what better place to start with than Chase's award winning vodka. This Potato based gin is made using 10 of the finest botanicals to ensure the driest gin possible (as well as Juniper Berries they have also used Juniper Buds). A very well balanced gin is it sure...
    £25.99
  • Sacred Rosehip Cup 18% 75cl
    SACRED ROSEHIP CUP: a fruity, gently bitter dark-red aperitivo cordial with 27 botanicals including rosehip and rhubarb, made with entirely natural ingredients, most of which are organic. It can be enjoyed in cocktails, such as the Negroni, or with Champagne and sparkling wines, or with soda or l...
    £28.25
  • Few American Gin 40% 75cl
    American style Gin with notes of lemon peel and vanilla backed by the silky grain spirit. It then devolopes into more Juniper flavours, luxurious and smooth. A new kind of gin..
    £43.99
  • Filliers Dry Gin 28 46% 50cl
    Filliers Dry Gin 28 is a a unique gin infused and distilled with 28 botanicals made from a recipe first created in 1888 by the Filliers family in Belgium. Created in small batches, it delivers a smooth gin which is beyond compare..
    £32.99
  • Sacred Pink Grapefruit Gin 43.8% 70cl
    The beautiful fresh clean flavours of Pink Grapefruit peel, juice and pisp are macerated with english grain spirits to produce this unique single varietal gin. Ideal mixed with other gins to produce your own unique recipe or in a classic pink navy gin.
    £34.99
  • Burleighs London Dry 40%
    Burleighs is a Classic London Dry Gin infused with 11 botanicals including silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris. The nose is fresh and crisp with eucalyptus and citrus notes. The taste is bifg and bold, with dry juniper, pine and citrus flavours. In the background and finish spic...
    £32.50
  • Strane London Dry Uncut Strength 76% 50cl
    Surley one of the strongest gins on the market, Strane London Dry 'Uncut Strength' comes in a whopping 75.3% vol. Although strong, the spirit is very smooth with pronounced juniper, then citrus peel, mint and sage but all very well balanced. Made at the Smogen distillery in Sweden.
    £62.35
  • Strane London Dry Navy Stregth 57.1% 50cl
    Different in style to the Merchants Strength gin from Smogen distillery, the Navy strength (so called as 57% was the strength needed for gunpowder to ignite if soaked by gin!) has a olier textures which is more citrus lead, but still showing juniper and coriander notes.
    £52.99
  • Strane London Dry Gin Merchants Strength 47.4% 50cl
    Strane London Dry Gin is made by Swedish Distillery Smogen in small batches in a 100litre pot still. Made using 12 botanicals which produce three styles of gin; Juniper, Citrus and herbal in 45 litre batches. Thse are then blended to produce the three stryles of gin that the distillery make. The ...
    £41.50
  • Daffys Small Batch Premium Gin 43.4% 70cl
    Daffys is a premium gin made in small batches using a copper pot. Their unique ingredient is Lebanese mint along with Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root, Lemon Peel, Cassia Bark Orris Root and orange peel. Bottled at 43.4% vol which they think is the ideal strength, any stronger and alcohol start...
    £35.99
  • Edinburgh Gin 43% 70cl
    Edinburgh Gin is a classic juniper lead gin with a twist of citrus notes. It is made a in copper pot still called Flora from 8 botanicals including Scottish Juniper, heather, pine and milk thistle. Very clean with citrus and juniper notes it makes a fantastic classic G&T served with a slice ...
    £28.99
  • Arbikie Kirstys Gin 43% 70cl
    Arbikie Gin is made on a family owned estate perched on the East coast of Angus by three brothers John, Iain and David. Distiller Kirsty Black has made this gin using carefully sourced local botanicals. The kelp, carline thistle & blaeberry embody the elements of ocean, rock & land that ...
    £37.99
  • Nginious! Cocchi Vermouth Cask 43% 50cl
    Gin is rather unfit for classical barrel maturation, as the delicate aromas are quickly masked by the wood. Thanks to its high complexity, however, nginious! benefits from a finish in a Cocchi vermouth cask.For this limited variant nginious! was filled into a former Barolo cask which ...
    £73.99
  • Sacred Gin Juniper 43.8% 70cl
    This is a juniper dominate Gin with for those that love the fresh and intense flavour of juniper and then some!
    £34.99
  • Herno Gin 40.5% 50cl
    Herno Gin is made by Jon Hillgren in a small village called Dala just outside the City of Hrnsand in ngermanland, Sweden. This is Sweden's first dedicated Gin distillery which is made in two hand-beaten copper stills, Kerstin and Marit. This London dry gin is made from eight carefully sele...
    £31.99
  • Eden Mill Hop Gin 46% 50cl
    This gin is made at the St Andrews Distillery In Scotland were the Famous Haig Whisky is made. This hand crafted gin is made with Australian galaxy hops which gives it a unique fresh and zesty flavour. On the nose it is light with beautifully balanced notes of floral, coriander and light hoppines...
    £32.95
  • Ungava Canadian Gin 43.1% 70cl
    Ungava is a place of icy, tranquil beauty where one can see the incredible light display of the aurora borealis in the night sky and be overawed by the sheer immensity of the imposing landscape. The native Inuit people and their forebears have called this land their own for thousands of years ...
    £33.99
  • Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin 40% 20cl
    Developed to be the perfect accompaniment to any Gin based cocktail by altering the distillation process resulting in a more intense Juniper flavour but still bottles at only 40%vol for a well-balanced finish. Best Served: Mixed in a classic Martini or any other Gin based cocktails such as Gimlet...
    £10.50
  • Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin 40% 70cl
    Developed to be the perfect accompaniment to any Gin based cocktail by altering the distillation process resulting in a more intense Juniper flavour but still bottles at only 40%vol for a well-balanced finish. Best Served: Mixed in a classic Martini or any other Gin based cocktails such as Gimlet...
    £30.99
  • Hobart No. 4 Batch Gin 44% 70cl
    Hobart No. 4 is a small batch gin produced at the Tasmanian distillery in Hobart. It is made with classic gin botanicals with the addition of four native botanicals from Australia; lemon myrtle, anise myrtle, lanceolate and wattleseed. The nose is fresh with citrus lemon, fresh pine and peppery s...
    £65.99
  • Half Hitch Gin 40% 70cl
    This unique gin is made with tinctures which is made in their micro-distillery in Camden lock, London. This is a very time intensive method using a vacuum distillation which preserves the delicate flavours so you get layer upon layer of complex flavours. Malawian Black tea is used in the botanica...
    £39.95
  • Old Tom Gin Poetic License 41.6% 70cl
    This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with our Dry Gin. From the botanicals alone we nurture its sweet taste, while our oak casks continue to add flavour and colour. The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the swee...

    Regular Price: £35.50

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  • Poetic License Picnic Gin 37.5% 70cl
    Our 'picnic gin' is a beautifully sweet gin, creamy in texture and in taste, with a strong fruity nose as well as more typical gin notes of juniper, coriander and orris root. For added strawberries and creaminess, we distilled as well as infused with the botanicals, which also give its deep red c...

    Regular Price: £35.50

    Special Price £31.95

  • Herno Sloe Gin 30% 50cl
    Hernao Sloe gin is made with organic sloes and sweetened with local honey. Made at the Herni Distillery in Dala, the only Swedish Gin distillery.
    £39.99
  • Tiger Premium Gin 40% 70cl
    Tiger Gin is a premium quality gin distilled using pure English water blended with the finest quality botanicals, spices and grain that is carefully selected and sourced each season from the best harvests around the world. It's crafted without compromise in England by artisan maste...
    £36.50
  • Ampersand London Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Ampersand London Dry Gin is distilled four times and uses eight organic botanicals in its recipe. Including Juniper, Coriander, angelica, pepper and the finest Spanish orange and lemon peels. Distilled in London for Osborne, Spain..
    £34.99
  • Black Tomato Gin 42.3% 50cl
    Black Tomato Gin is a world first and comes from a small fishing village in the Netherlands. Made by master distiller Meindert Kampen from a secret blend of botanicals which includes drops of fresh Oosterschelde salted water and homegrown black tomatoe...
    £41.99
  • Chilgrove Bluewater Gin 46% 70cl
    Chilgrove Bluewater Gin draws its inspiration between the relationship of England andAustralia and their trade ties. It takes four botanicals from each country to produce this exquiste gin, which are then blended with 100% grape distillate. ...
    £40.99
  • Langleys Old Tom Gin 40% 70cl
    Langley Old Tom has a rich and rounded taste with light sweetness. More intensely botanical than the London dry styles, with a distinguished character.
    £25.99
  • Gordons Premium Pink Distilled Gin 37.5% 70cl
    Gordons Premium Pink gin has been enhanced with raspberries, strawberries and a hint of Redcurrants to produce a slightly sweeter summer gin.
    £21.50
  • Juniper Green Trophy Gin Organic 43% 70cl
    A new award winning Gin from Juniper Green which won the IWSC Trophy for best gin in 2015 beating 90 others for the title. The nose has green pine and leafy herbs. The palate is big and bold with juniper followed by wood spice and citrus notes, lingering and clean.
    £31.99
  • Naud Gin 44% 70cl
    Distilled In Cognac France, Naud Gin takes it inspiration from a time when a little hidden still existed on the Isle of Pinthiers, nestled amongst the willow trees. This knowledge has been passed down to the next generation of Jean-Michel and Pierre Naud to produce this exceptional gin.
    £37.99
  • Jin Dea Single Estate Tea Gin 40% 70cl
    A joint collaboration between three spirit experts, Matthew Drakes, Jack Rackham and Adrian Gomes. Its a classic London style gin using 10 botanicals including darjeeling tea. As well as subtle flavours from Darjeeling tea the gin contains flavours of juniper, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, ginger...
    £29.75
  • Steampunk Prudence Rose Gin Drink 20% 50cl
    Steampunk Prudence Rose can't actually be called a gin because it's 20% ABV, with the law stating gin has to be at least 37.5% ABV. Despite this detail, rest assured that this spirit started life as a full blown juniper based gin before...
    £26.99
  • Icewine Old Tom Gin That Boutique-y Gin Company 42.1% 50cl
    Icewine Old Tom Gin by That Boutique-y Gin Company is made using 100ml of the very best Canadian icewine per bottle. It's heady and rich with tropical fruit aromas like lychee, pear, apricot and honey. All jump out the glass and positively smack you in the olfactory bulb. Try neat over...
    £41.99
  • Anchor Old Tom Gin 45% 70cl
    Anchor Old Tom Gin is from Anchor Distillery located in San Francisco, California. Anchor Old Tom is pot-distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals, sweeter than modern London dry gin and bottled unfiltered. But unlike any other Old Tom, its sweetness comes from a blend of two traditi...
    £40.99
  • Ivaar The Boneless Exeter Gin Viking Strength 57% 70cl
    A new navy strength gin from the people who bought you Exeter Gin. Ivaar The Boneless Viking Strength Gin is represenatative of the the potent elixirs the seafaring Vikings would take before embarking upon their raids.
    £51.50
  • Strane Oaked Gin 55% 50cl
    Strane oaked gin takes their full-bodied gin which is made in a small whisky copper still. It has classical botanicals such as juniper, coriander seeds and liquorice root with some locally foraged botanicals, basil, sage and garden mint. It is then aged for 18 months in a sherry cask which giv...
    £50.99
  • Nginious Smoked & Salted Gin 42% 50cl
    Limited Edition Gin from Nginious which is unique in that it uses a range of botanicals including; bitter orange, quince, coriander and ginger which are distilled seperatley from the juniper. The secret ingredient is smoked chestnuts which is distilled seperatley giving a unique smoky flavour to ...
    £49.99
  • Poetic License The Rarities Espresso Gin 44.5% 70cl
    This new expressionsfromPoetic License is the fourth release their The Rarities series of gins. Like the others, this is a limited edition made in a one of distillation with only a few hundres bottles made. The freshly ground coffee in the Espresso Gin immediately arrives on the nose,...

    Regular Price: £35.50

    Special Price £31.95

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Gin Facts

Gin is without a shadow of a doubt the most popular spirit right now. It's made an unprecedented resurgence over the last few years, something that seemed unlikely considering how it went out of fashion. People can't seem to get enough of this juniper nectar and new gins are being distilled and bought to market almost daily. It's drunk at home, in bars and is a key ingredient in many a cocktail. Here are some fun facts about this often misunderstood spirit.

  • London had around 1500 stills in operation in 1726. There were over 6000 outlets where you could buy gin.
  • You won't find juniper farms in many places - nearly all of it grows wild and is handpicked.
  • Sailors in the Royal Navy used to get a ration of rum each day. The officers got gin instead.
  • Despite how crazy we are about the stuff here in the UK, it's the Philippines that drinks the most gin in the world.
  • Juniper isn't a berry. It's a sort of pine cone with fleshy scales. It's not pleasant to eat as you would a berry.
  • London Dry Gin has nothing to do with London. It's a style of gin as opposed to one defined by a geographical location.
  • Old Tom Gin is a sweeter style than London Dry and was created in the 1800's.
  • The Swan Neck refers to the pipe at the top of a copper pot still which is often used for distilling craft gins.
  • James Bond author Ian Flemming created the Vesper cocktail. It's contains vodka, gin and vermouth with a twist of lemon.
  • G&Ts were first became popular in the British colonies. The quinine in tonic water was good for combating malaria. It's very bitter on its own so gin was added to make it taste good.

Gin History

Gin is widely believed to come from Holland and records suggest that it was first distilled in the early 17th century. Strong opposition to this theory comes from Italy, where brands like Malfy insist it was Italian monks who first distilled the spirit some one hundred years before. It was originally sold as medicine in Dutch pharmacies with juniper being added to help make it taste more palatable. It was widely believed that Juniper had some holistic properties of its own too. We now know that it helps to repel fleas, a trait that was no doubt welcome at that time! Dutch gin is known as Genever and is much sweeter than its English counterpart.

The term 'Dutch Courage' is thought to have originated when British troops were fighting in the 30 Year War. They were given rations of Genever to help stave off the cold and damp. The fact that being inebriated made them a little braver would not have been unwelcome either. These soldiers started to return to England with the gin and it started to gain popularity. There were small amounts of distillation occurring in England at this time but the results were variable and the quality poor.

Gin production was actively encouraged by King William III as it assisted the country's agriculture using corn and barley. Pretty much anyone was permitted to start distilling and soon consumption overtook beer and ale. It's worth bearing in mind that at this time the water was filthy and could easily kill a person if consumed. Alcohol was one of the few safe things available to drink. Gin was even dished out as part of workers’ wages and, despite the very dubious quality, became very popular with the poor.

The 1729 Excise License

1729 saw the introduction of an excise license become necessary to distil gin. The cost was a very substantial £20 and a duty was also levied per gallon sold. Nobody listened. The reasonable quality spirit was nearly stamped out and the consumption of illicitly distilled gin rose drastically. Unbelievably, one in every four dwellings in London had been dedicated to the sole sale of spirits. Alcoholism was rife and people were dying in their droves. Those that were still living were pretty much incapable of anything such was their level of inebriation.

It was at this time Hogarth produced 'the 'Gin Lane' engraving showing the misery and carnage that was rampant in London due to the excessive consumption of gin. His companion piece depicted those citizens drinking ale as the picture of good health and virtue. The term 'Mothers' Ruin' was coined as gin was used to aid abortions and it was very common for babies and small children to die because of neglect through drunkenness. Bad times indeed, but things were to get worse before getting better.

The Gin Act

1736 saw what was known as the 'Gin Riots', where common folk protested violently against the new Gin Act. A license to distil was raised to £50 and duty rose to £1 a gallon. Among the rioting, illegal gin was still being made. In fact, production rose and as much as 11 million gallons were distilled in London alone. Laughably, only two distillers took out licenses during the six years The Gin Act was in effect.

In 1742 The Gin Act was repealed. It was being completely ignored and the authorities had no way to enforce the law when so many people were breaking it. The government worked together with distillers to create new policies that were mutually agreeable to all involved. The policy entailed spirits being sold at a reasonably high price, sensible excise duties and the licensing of sellers under the watchful eye of the courts. The system that we still have today is virtually the same as this.

The distillers became more concerned with quality and flavour as opposed to churning out the highest volumes of spirit that were harmful for the imbiber. Distillers became respectable and started sponsoring events and expeditions. As the production of gin moved out from the gutters, the high-quality spirit that we know and love today was born.

The 1800's saw fabulous Gin Palaces being established, providing a place of grandeur for even the working class to imbibe. These Gin Palaces were quite luxurious and at a complete juxtaposition to the squalor and deprivation of the areas they were located in. By the half way point of the 19th Century, it’s estimated there were around 5000 in business within London alone. Further reforms to the industry saw distillation continually improve and gin went from the tipple of the poor to being drunk by the rich and powerful of high society.

How Is Gin Made

The definition of gin is defined by European Law. The first and most important stipulation is that the predominant flavour must be juniper. How much this rule is enforced is debatable considering the number of flavoured gins that are on the market. Three defined methods of production are laid out in the regulations. There is London Gin, Distilled Gin and Compound Gin.

There are some rules that are applicable across all methods of production. The ingredients that provide the flavour profile are called botanicals. Juniper is one such botanical and is always included. Other common botanicals include citrus fruits, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to name just a few. No gin distiller worth their salt would ever reveal their exact recipe. Varying the volumes of the botanicals will yield vastly different results, even when compared to another gin using the exact same botanicals in different weight ratios. Every gin must be bottled at least 37.5% abv but many distilleries bottle at a higher strength.

London Dry Gin

London Gin must use all-natural ingredients; no artificial flavourings are allowed. The process requires neutral spirit of no less than 96% abv to be re-distilled with botanicals. This is commonly done in a copper pot still and the process is only permitted to be undertaken once, hence why London Gins are often called 'one shots'. The botanicals are placed in the still and the watered down neutral spirit is pumped in and heated. This releases the essential oils from the botanicals which flavour the spirit.

The distillate is re-circulated through the still until it reaches an alcohol percentage of over 90%. The top and bottom parts of the liquid, known as the head and tail, are discarded. Only the middle part, that of the highest quality, goes on to be bottled. After this one run of distillation, the only things that can be added to a London Dry are water, neutral alcohol and a very small amount of sugar.

Distilled Gin

This follows pretty much the same process as London Dry except for some key differences. Firstly, the gin can be distilled as many times as the distiller wants. This has meant that some experimental gins have been made by blending different distillates together, often created by more than one of the three methods listed here. Secondly, other flavourings are permitted to be added after distillation. This includes those from natural sources but also from artificial ones too.

Compound Gin

Creating a compound gin is less expensive than the other two methods but this doesn't make it inferior in taste. Essential oils are extracted from botanicals, usually by pressing them. These oils can then be added straight to any spirit. Alternatively, the actual botanicals themselves can by placed directly into neutral spirit and left to macerate. For want of a simple term, the flavours are simply infused with the spirit. Once they are filtered out, that's the gin ready to be drunk.

It's an old method that was primarily used to create gin quickly and increase profit margins. Many of these cheap gins were of an inferior quality and this method is less commonly used nowadays. It’s possible to create high quality gin in this way though. Professor Ampleforth's Bath Tub and St. Ives Gin are both notable examples of how this method can create fresh and vibrant flavours that are well balanced and consistent from batch to batch.