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  • 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...
    £28.39
  • 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
  • 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
  • Liverpool Rose Petal Gin 43% 70cl
    Just in time for Valentines day Liverpool Rose Petal gin is an Artisanal Organic gin produced in this historic city. A delicate and aromatic gin with fragrant floral notes, it has a citrus sharpness with notes of liquorice, cassia and a healthy dose of juniper to accompany the turkish delight fin...
    £41.99
  • Malfy Gin Rosa 70cl
    Malfy Gin Rosa is another great tasting flavoured gin from the Italian distillers. This time they have added tart pink grapefruit from Sicilly and Italian rhubarb to the mix. Malfy are well known for their citrus forward offerings and this one doesn't disappoint in the slightest. The gin its...
    £26.99
  • Liverpool Gin Lemongrass & Ginger 70cl
    Liverpool Lemongrass and Ginger is an organic gin and features the city's Liver Bird on the label. The essence of lemongrass adds a crisp, citrus flavour too the smooth English gin base. The natural ginger warms the palate for a beautifully complex finish.
    £42.99
  • Aber Falls Rhubarb & Ginger Welsh Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Aber Falls Rhubarb and Ginger Welsh Gin is inspired by the homely comforts of rhubarb crumble. Distilled at the only distillery in North Wales using water filtered down from the Snowdonian mountains. The gin is distilled using a copper pot still and the freshest botanicals. Tart rhuba...
    £24.99
  • Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Aber Falls Marmalade Welsh Gin is produced and bottled in Abergwyngregyn using water drawn from the Snowdonian mountains. This marmalade gin marries the complimentary flavours of juniper and citrus together providing the perfect base to add your favourite mixer to. A well balanced gin,...
    £24.99
  • 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
  • Persian Blue Marshmallow Gin 40% 50cl
    Persian Blue Gin is a deep aquamarine coloured gin that is made using marshmallow root. Before you get any ideas of a super sweet liquid, marshmallow root is, well, a root. Yes, it does add a certain amount of sweetness to the gin but not a sickly amount. It is also found in tea and is supposed t...
    £36.99
  • Gin Ting Premium Dry Gin 70cl
    Gin Ting is likely the freshest tasting dry gin you're likely to taste. It's name pays homage to Ting, the fruity Caribbean soft drink that shares many flavours with this beautifully presented gin. Taking a sip of this, even neat, is like sampling the very best fruits the tropics have to offer...
    £37.45
  • 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
  • Artisan Infusions Strawberries and Cream Gin Liqueur 29% 50cl
    Nothing says British Summer like straberries and cream. Combining the taste of freshly made strawberry jam with luxurious cream, let this delicious infusion transport yout to the fresh lawns of Wimbledon. Best paired with lemonade to make a truly decadent strawberry cup, this is a true winne...
    £28.50
  • Old Curiosity Chamomile & Cornflower Gin 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Chamomile and Cornflower is distilled using botanicals grown in the Secret Garden, a lovingly hand tended herb garden located outside of Edinburgh. Created by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross, the well suited duo are a herbologist and mixologist respectively. This pairing of...
    £33.99
  • Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Apothecary Rose Gin is made by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross, a talented pair who hand pick the botanicals for their gin from the Secret Herb Garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Rose petals have been historically lauded for their medicinal properties and apothecar...
    £33.99
  • Old Curiosity Lavender & Echinacea 39% 50cl
    Old Curiosity Lavender and Echinacea is another colour changing gin distilled using botanicals from the Secret Herb Garden near Edinburgh. The ingredients are all hand grown and picked before being transformed into fantastic gins by Hamish Martin and Steve Ross. It's packed with restor...
    £33.99
  • 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
  • Artisan Infusions Rhubarb & Pink Grapefruit Gin Liqueur 29% 50cl
    This fresh Summer infusion plays on the refreshing sweetness of rhubarb paired with succulent pink grapefruit. Pair with ginger ale to create truly refreshing and a quintessentially English Summer drink to help those long days in the garden pass like a gentle cooling breeze.
    £28.50
  • 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
  • Masters Pink Gin 37.5% 70cl
    This pink gin is the first from the award winning Destilerias MG. A Clean and bright gin with intese aromas of real strawberry and raspberry fruit with a subtle citrus note which all follow through into the taste. Presented in a unique bottle in a vibrant pink set to stand out from the rest on th...
    £31.95
  • 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
  • 3 Pugs Bubblegum Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Inspires by their 3 Pugs at home, Stephen and Christine have released this super cute 3 Pugs bubblegum gin liqueur. The husband and wife team hail from Cheshire and this is their fourth release which is presented in a very unusual bottle. Probably not one for the gin purists out there, this sw...
    £27.55
  • St Giles Raspberry Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 40% 70cl
    This delicious raspberry rhubarb and ginger edition from St Giles distillery in Norfolk, is made with Norfolk local raspberries, organic rhubarb and finely ground ginger to create a delicate taste of a long British summer. Each batch of this flavored gin is made with over 20 kilos of the fresh...
    £37.40
  • Poetic License Rarity Sweet Bell Peppers & Naga Chilli Gin 70cl
    This new expressions from Poetic License is the 6th release in their The Rarities series of gins. Like the others, this is a limited edition made in a one of distillation with only a few hundreds bottles made. This limited edition bottling will bring you lots of flavour but not b...
    £33.99
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Frogs Lip Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 41.5% 70cl
    This new addition of Frogs Lip Gin combines their fantastic gin with rhubarb and ginger. A great rhubarb and ginger gin that is not overly sweet like some of them on the market that also carries the full strength of gin. Lovingly made by combining secret aromatic extract from frogs lips a...
    £30.99
  • Frogs Lip Seville Orange Gin 41.5% 70cl
    Another great addition to the Frogs Lip Gin range, Seville Orange is a delightful flavoured gin that brings sunshine from Spain to you at home. Lovingly made by combining secret aromatic extract from frogs lips and traditional hand picked botanicals, with the purest alcohols, in a distillati...
    £30.99
  • Tanqueray Lovage Gin 47.3% 1L
    Tanqueray Lovage is a bold ode to a curiously botanical recipe, unearthed in Charles Tanqueray's journals. Loveage's perennial bloom and deeply aromatic flavours make for a distinctively savoury taste, tingling with a herbaceous heart. Pick a gin with a spring in its sip!
    £46.75
  • Mrs Cuthberts Lemon Drizzle Cake 50cl
    They recreated her classic Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe and infused with their hand distilled North Yorkshire 6 botanical gin of juniper, citrus and a touch of star anise.Our Perfect Pour:Mix with your favourite tonic, or add in...
    £12.39
  • Long Table Cucumber Gin 44% 70cl
    This gold award winning gin is made over in Canada. This gin offers a great complex balance of 9 botanicals including two peppers. Made with fresh cucumbers from the Sunshine Coast. On the nose this is a delicate cucumber gin, on the palate you get the cucumber, small notes of toasted pine nut...
    £37.99
  • Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin 70cl
    Luxardo has a big history with producing gin, the actual recipe goes back to the famous Ginepro di Dalmazia, produced by the Luxardo family since the beginning of the 1900's. The Sour Cherry Gin is the result of the infusion of the world famous Luxardo Marasca Cherry juice with the London Dry ...
    £29.99
  • Collagin Pink Rose Gin 50cl
    From Collagin the original gin makers who add Collagen have produced this limted edition Rose gin with again added Collagen. Young in spirit, the world's first alcoholic drink to be comboned with Collagen. The Gintrepreneurs Camilla Brown and Liz Beswick from Oxford are the people behind ...
    £42.99
  • Two Birds Strawberry & Vanilla Gin 37.5% 200ml
    Possibly the most popular Gin from Two Birds here at Drinkfinder, we can not seem to keep the stuff in stock (do not worry it will be back soon if it is out). Handcrafted with fresh British strawberries combined with a subtle hint of vanilla makes this gin a refreshing strawberries and cream f...
    £10.42
  • Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin 40% 70cl
    Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo Gin is crafted by copper pot distilling Chase GB Gin with a bounty of pink grapefruit and pomelo peels. This zippy and zesty gin mixes perfectly with tonic Our Perfect Pour:Serve with 1724 Tonic Water or Fever Tree Indian Tonic and garn...
    £37.99
  • Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple Gin 40% 70cl
    Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple Gin is carefully created and crafted by blending Chase GB Gin with freshly pressed rhubarb and Bramley apple juice, straight from the farm. A tangy and tart gin. Our Perfect Pour:Serve with 1724 Tonic or Fever Tree Indian Tonic Wat...
    £37.99
  • 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
  • Two Birds Rhubarb Gin 42% 20cl
    The current trend for rhubarb shows no sign of abating with this new gin to add to Two Birds Countryside Spirit's ever expanding repertoire. This rhubarb gin from is as fresh and delicious as the rest of their exciting and varied range. Only...
    £10.75
  • Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin Isle Of Skye 41.5% 70cl
    This seasonal gin from Isle of Skye Distillery brings together all the traditional festive flavours that you would associate with a mulled wine, yummy! The botanicals used in this gin include juniper, cassia bark, orange, lemon, star anise, Tonia beans and a pinch of liquoric...
    £35.99
  • King Of Soho Variorum Gin 37.5% 70cl
    The second gin by King of Soho, this is their Pink Edition or known as Variorum. Lovingly crafted in the heart of London this pink berry edition of the original King of Soho London Dry Gin
    £29.99
  • Ki No Tea Kyoto Dry Gin 70cl
    Of the six elements that make up Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin, tea has proven to be the most popular tastings. It was fitting, therefore this first limited edition release emphasised this most traditional of Japanese aromas and flavours. The reaction to that limited edition bottling was so g...
    £54.25
  • 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
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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.