Spend £100.00 or more for Free Shipping
*Mainland Only, Excluding Highlands and Islands

Gin

Items 1 to 48 of 63 total

  • Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin 35cl
    A smaller bottle of the excellent Caspyn Dry Gin that hails from the West Penwith area of Cornwall and is distilled in Penzance by Pocket Full Of Stones Distillery. This is a delightfully light, floral gin that is both juniper and citrus forward; there are ten botanicals used but the recipe is a ...
    £20.99
  • Caspyn Midsummer Dry Gin 35cl
    A smaller bottle of the Cornish made gin from West Penwith where Captain Poldark liked to roam! Caspyn Midsummer gin has been made with the edition of cucumber to produce a lovely fresh gin with a slight green tinge. Try serving with a good Tonic water and slices of cucumber. A perfect gin pour f...
    £20.99
  • Jynevra Rhubarb Cornish Organic Gin 70cl
    Jynevra Rhubarb Gin is an organic offering from Atlantic Distillery in Cornwall. They has added vanilla which lends softness to the slighly tart but sweet rhubarb A wonderfully rich gin.
    £39.99
  • Jynevra Smoked Green Tea Organic Gin 70cl
    A smoked Cornish gin from Atlantic Distillery that's infused with smoked green tea leaves. Part of the ever expanding range of Jynevra organic gins, this has hints of orange and spiced honey.
    £39.99
  • Tarquin's Strawberry & Lime Gin 35cl
    Bring a little bit of Cornish Sunshine to every glass with Tarquin’s celebration of the Great British Strawberry. Flagship Tarquin’s Cornish Gin is first distilled in small batches with the addition of extra fresh lime zest. It’s then lovingly infused with the sweetest strawberries in...
    £17.65
  • Jynevra Green Hop Cornish Gin 40% 70cl
    Jynevra's autumn seasonal limited edition gin. Made in early September when their hops are picked fresh from the vine. Beautiful floral and citrus flavours from the hop oils permeate the gin, somehow delicate and punchy at the same time. Our Perfect Pour:
    £39.99
  • St. Ives Gin Super Berry 70cl
    St. Ives Gin Super Berry is a super fruity cold compound gin from Cornwall that has had extra juniper berries added so the classic gin flavours aren't overpowered by the berries. The line-up includes varieties of red berries including goji, an antioxidant rich ingredient that has all manner of...
    £36.99
  • Elemental Raspberry Cornish Gin 50cl
    The guys at Elemental believe that the old ways are the best. Every drop of Elemental Gin is distilled in a copper still and bottled by hand in the heart of Cornwall, their secret blend of 12 botanicals complemented by crystal clear Cornish spring water. This is the long awaited Elemen...
    £28.99
  • Trevethan Grapefruit & Lychee Gin 70cl
    Trevethan Grapefruit & Lychee Gin is a special release of just 300 bottles and is exclusive to Drinkfinder. Trevethan Distillery have done a wonderful job working with us to create a fantastic London Dry style Summer gin that will blow your taste buds. There is no infusing flavours here, e...
    £39.95
  • The Wrecking Coast Scurvy Gin Navy Strength 57% 70cl
    Wrecking Coast Scurvy gin is a navy strength offering from the distillery in Tintagel. It uses nine botanicals including Cornish scurvy grass, an excellent source of vitamin C that was given to sailors to help prevent scurvy. This links nicely to Cornwall's long and storied sea faring past, wi...
    £48.00
  • Tarquin's Strawberry & Lemon Verbena Gin 70cl
    Nicholson’s Pubs third annual Gin Festival has arrived for the summer across their 77 pubs around the UK! As part of the Festival, Nicholson’s have worked in collaboration with Tarquin’s Cornish Gin to produce something quintessentially British this summer… A strawberry and lemon verbena-flavo...
    £36.99
  • Tarquin's Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin 35cl
    Tarquin’s Gin is a Cornish Dry Gin that captures the essence of the scenic English coast and is Cornwall’s first for over a century. For their brand new Rhubarb and Raspberry flavour - their gold-medal winning Cornish dry gin is combined beautifully with tart rhubarb and lovingly infused with ...
    £17.65
  • Tarquin's British Blackberry Gin 35cl
    A fruit lead dry gin with a touch of Cornish wildflower honey. Distilled with 14 different hand selected botanicals sourced either locally or from exotic locations. Blackberries that are 100% British, wildflower honey from Cornwall, coriander seed from Bulgaria, liquorice root from Uzbekistan,...
    £17.65
  • Rock Pink Gin 40% 70cl
    The second bottling from one of the newest Cornish Gin companies. The Pink Rock Gin is made using Cornish spring water and botanicals. Their gin is distilled by hand in small batches using pure spring water from their own deep water source combined with fragrant botanicals with fresh citrus fr...
    £39.00
  • Rock Gin Minature 42% 5cl
    A minutre 5cl version of the Rock Gin from Cornwall. A new addition to the Cornish gin family. Rock gin was inspired, developed and made in North Cornwall while two couples whilst walking their dogs along the beach met. Hand crafted small batches are produced off the still named Bonanza Boy af...
    £6.00
  • Rock Pink Gin Minature 40% 5cl
    A minature of the Rock Pink Gin edition. The second bottling from one of the newest Cornish Gin companies. The Pink Rock Gin is made using Cornish spring water and botanicals. Their gin is distilled by hand in small batches using pure spring water from their own deep water source combined with...
    £6.00
  • Constantine Damson Gin with Vanilla & Almond 25% 50cl
    We are proud to announce this delicious collaboration with our friends at Pocketful Of Stones Distillery. These guys produce the Cornish Caspyn Dry,
    £25.99
  • Tarquins Tonka Bean & Clementine Limited Edition Tonquin 42% 70cl
    After the success of The Tonquin limited edition run back in 2016, it is back on another limited edition run ready for your winter enjoyment in 2018! This limited edition gin is another chapter in Tarquin's journey of discovery and experimentation. Tonka beans are the flat, dark and fr...
    £31.50
  • St Ives Gin 38% 35cl
    St Ives Gin now available in half bottle size 35cl. A special blend of 13 unique botanicals gather from the local Cornish coastline, cottage garden and clifftop are bought together to create Cornwall's first small batch cold compound gin. The secret alchemy of fresh herbs and hand foraged loca...
    £22.50
  • Elemental Apple Cornish Gin 38% 50cl
    The guys at Elemental believe that the old ways are the best. Every drop of Elemental Gin is distilled in a copper still and bottled by hand in the heart of Cornwall, their secret blend of 12 botanicals complemented by crystal clear Cornish spring water. Creating a gin using juicy cris...
    £28.99
  • Tinkture Classic Rose Gin 50cl
    Tinkture is the latest addition to the Cornish gin family. It is a delightfully light, delicate gin with a hint of citrus. The juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and warmth. The colour is a golden amber that changes to beautiful pink when mixed with tonic (ooooo fancy)!&nb...
    £45.00
  • Tinkture Minature Rose Gin 5cl
    Tinkture is the latest addition to the Cornish gin family. It is a delightfully light, delicate gin with a hint of citrus. The juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and warmth. The colour is a golden amber that changes to beautiful pink when mixed with tonic (ooooo fancy)!  A clas...
    £9.99
  • Holly's Gin Small Batch Cornish Gin 42% 70cl
    We are pleased to announce that we are the only online retailer for Holly's Gin until the new year. Holly's Gin is distilled in Cornwall using traditional methods. A fresh and vibrant gin with 9 botanicals, including Passion Flower, Gentian Root and Orange. Inspired by her love of a Lo...
    £36.00
  • Jynevra Pudding Cornish Gin 43% 70cl
    Released for Christmas 2018, this seasonal gin from Jynevra is sure to warm you up and provide the flavours of your mums home made Christmas Pudding! A wonderfully warming spiced gin overflowing with sweet fruits and spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange, clementine, lemon, sultanas...
    £39.99
  • Tarquin's Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin 70cl
    Tarquin's Rhubarb and Raspberry gin is ideal whether you're relaxing in the sun or partying under the full moon. The gin is distilled in the same fashion as Tarquin's Original Dry but is then infused with fresh rhubarb and raspberries to really make it pop.
    £37.99
  • Tarquin's Strawberry & Zesty Lime Gin 70cl
    Tarquin's Strawberry and Lime gin is the taste of Cornish sunshine in a glass. The gin is distilled in the same fashion as Tarquin's Original Dry but with the addition of fresh lime zest. The resultant gin is then infused with sweet strawberries for the ultimate Summers' drink.
    £37.99
  • The Wrecking Coast Cornish Gin 44.3% 70cl
    The Wrecking Coast Gin uses Cornish clotted cream in its distillation process which is very unusual to say the least!. Smooth and velvety rich, it's handcrafted in small batches with slight variations in strength from batch to batch. The gin
    £35.49
  • Tarquins Hand Crafted Cornish Dry Gin 42% 70cl
    The first gin to be distilled in Cornwall for over 100 years, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a contemporary take on the classic London Dry. 12 hand selected botanicals are used in its production, with Devon violets and fresh citrus zest dominating this li...
    £29.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin The Seadog 57% 70cl
    Tarquin's Seadog Gin Navy Strength is a permanent expression in his ever growing range of Cornish gins and is the same as the limited edition he made to commemorate 771 squadron stepping down from their role as Search and Rescue providers from their base at Culdrose, Helston. You can read...
    £41.45
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin 42% 35cl
    The first gin to be distilled in Cornwall for over 100 years, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a contemporary take on the classic London Dry. 12 hand selected botanicals are used in its production, with Devon violets and fresh citrus zest dominating this li...
    £17.65
  • Elemental Cornish Gin Small Batch 42% 70cl
    Elemental Cornish Gin is produced in small batches, handcrafted in a traditional copper still using locally sourced Cornish spring water and a closely guarded list of twelve of the finest botanicals sourced from around the world. Pronounced juniper and spicy notes dominate this gin. Th...
    £31.75
  • The Wrecking Coast Cornish Gin 44.3% 35cl
    The Wrecking Coast Gin uses Cornish clotted cream in its distillation process which is very unusual to say the least!. Smooth and velvety rich, it's handcrafted in small batches with slight variations in strength from batch to batch. The
    £23.50
  • Tarquins Hopster Gin 42% 70cl
    Tarquin's Hopster Gin is made in collaboration with Sharp's Brewery and contains three different types of hops. These are Crystal, Cascade and Pilot and they are added to the normal Tarquin's Gin recipe and distilled. The result is a gin that is juniper lead with a zesty cereal taste and a nutty ...
    £39.50
  • Westward Farm Rose Geranium Cornish Gin 40% 70cl
    So we have another Cornish gin gracing our shelves (and website) with its presence. How many is that now? It's certainly getting harder to keep count as a new one seems to appear every few months! This one, ...
    £38.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Brilliantly British Blackberry Gin 38% 70cl
    A fruit lead dry gin with a touch of Cornish wildflower honey. Distilled with 14 different hand selected botanicals sourced either locally or from exotic locations. Blackberries that are 100% British, wildflower honey from Cornwall, coriander seed from Bulgaria, liquorice root from Uzbekistan,...
    £31.99
  • Curio Fly Navy Cornish Gin 42% 70cl
    Curio Spirits new Gin Fly Navy has been made in conjunction with RNAS Culdrose and commemorates the centenary of the first landing of a plan on a moving ship at sea. It has been quadruple distilled with botanicals including Madagascan vaniila, sansha peppers and Cornish heather foraged from aroun...
    £42.99
  • Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Caspyn Dry Gin hails from the West Penwith area of Cornwall and is distilled in Penzance by Pocket Full Of Stones Distillery. This is a delightfully light, floral gin that is both juniper and citrus forward; there are ten botanicals used but the recipe is a closely guarded secret. The gin is made...
    £32.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin The Seadog 35cl 57% vol
    Tarquin's Seadog Gin Navy Strength is a permanent expression in his ever growing range of Cornish gins and is the same as the limited edition he made to commemorate 771 squadron stepping down from their role as Search and Rescue providers from their base at Culdrose, Helston. You can read...
    £21.99
  • St. Ives Gin 38% vol 70cl
    St Ives Gin made from a list of 13 botanicals. It is not a distilled gin but a cold compounded gin which is a method that dates back to the 16th century. They take the finest grain spirit and then steep the variously botanicals seperatley for 24 to 36 hours, these seperate compounds are then b...
    £36.99
  • Staffords Gin 42% 70cl
    This new Gin made with Cornish spirit produced from Cornish potatoes is named after their great, great, grandfather Stafford Matthew Dustow who bought the farm back in 1904. Made by infusing their potato vodka with an array of botanicals, foraged from both on the farm and from around the world. D...
    £37.99
  • Curio Rock Wild Coast Gin 70cl
    Curio Rock Samphire Gin was two years in the making and is a quadrupled distilled gin with a lovely fresh nose of juniper, cinnamon and a slight hint of salt spay. Distilled in Mullion, Cornwall and made with hand foraged Rock Samphire from the local cliff edges and a selection of others ...
    £34.99
  • Curio Rock Samphire Cornish Gin 41% 35cl
    Curio Rock Samphire Gin wastwo years in the making and is a quadrupled distilled gin with a lovely fresh nose of juniper, cinnamon and a slight hint of salt spay. Distilled in Mullion, Cornwall and made with hand foraged Rock Samphire from the local cliff edges and a selection of others b...
    £20.00
  • Caspyn Midsummer Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Cornish made gin from West Penwith where Captain Poldark liked to roam! Caspyn Midsummer gin has been made with the edition of cucumber to produce a lovely fresh gin with a slight green tinge. Try serving with a good Tonic water and slices of cucumber. A perfect gin pour for cucumber lovers ...
    £32.99
  • Trevethan Cornish Gin 43% 70cl
    Trevethan Gin has been created using Norman Trevethan's family recipe which dates back to 1929. Back in those days, it was usual for all manner of tipples to be hand made in small rural communinities. This meant that each batch was unique with its own individual character. ...
    £36.99
  • Fowey Valley Foy Small Batch Gin 40% 50cl
    Foy Gin is handcrafted in Cornwall and is a classic, velvety, aromatic gin. Juniper led with with floral notes, round body and a hint of fragrant spice. Distilled five times from our own alcohol in batches of 200 litres on copper pot stills.
    £34.99
  • Trevethan Chauffeur's Reserve Cornish Gin 57% 70cl
    This is Trevethan's Chauffeur's Reserve Gin, a navy strength offering bottled at a lovely 57% ABV. It's uses the same botanicals used in the standard Trevethan's Cornish Gin but in higher quantities due to the extra strength. This gin commemorates Norman Trevethan who was, amongst other t...
    £44.99
  • The Wrecking Coast Sloe Gin Cornish Honey 34.5% 50cl
    The Wrecking Coast Distillery is the first of the multitude of Cornish gin makers to release a Cornish Sloe gin. Contains Cornish honey and locally picked sloes. Cornish Sloes foraged in 2017 were exceptional and are in clear evidence delivering richer red-berry flavours to this...
    £27.00
Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2

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.