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  • 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
  • Cream Gin 43.8% 70cl
    So called after the Gin Places in Drury lane where they served cream gin to there electic clientele. This gin has been made by macerating gin with cream before distilling it in a vacum still. The result is a creamy smooth gin with pronounced vanilla and soft mouthfeel. Clear in colour.
    £44.50
  • Tyler Street London Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    This is a new gin from the people that make Curio Gin. This is a London Dry style gin with the emphasis on Citrus elements, lemon, lime and orange. It uses a blend of 10 botanicals from the Mediterranean and Europe and is more full-bodied than the Curio gin with a hint of dryness and spice.
    £29.89
  • 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
  • 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. Botanicals: Mint, Savary, Angelica, Coriande...
    £40.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sipsmith V.J.O.P. Gin 57.7% 70cl
    Sipsmith Very Juniper Over Proof Gin is a celebration of juniper with three times the usual amount used in the distillation of this strong gin. There's heavy juniper pine on the nose followed by juniper, spice and chocolate on the palate. The finish is long and dry, allowing you to savour the jun...
    £39.69
  • Neat Gin 70cl
    Neat Gin is a London Dry style gin developed by Eastender's actor Adam Woodyatt and his wife Beverley. Adam, who has played Ian Beale since 1985, came across a 15th century recipe for a gin but it was missing the quantities of the botanicals listed. After much trial and error, he came upo...
    £39.99
  • Mr Kamms Gin 42% 70cl
    Mr. Kamm's Gin is packed with a crazy 45 botanicals and is a London Dry made by ex-bartender Alex Kammerling in very small batches. Apparently it took him 180 attempts over a period of two years to perfect the recipe, hardly surprising considering the number of flavours to balance. The gin is sof...
    £38.99
  • 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
  • Hampshire Summer Garden Gin 40% 70cl
    A perfect spirit to celebrate the arrival of summer. Winchester Distillery have created this 'Summer Garden' gin that is is rich in juniper, New Forest strawberries & blueberries, rose petals, lime flower, meadowsweet, lemon thyme and peppermint, all distilled slowly in our ...
    £36.50
  • Red Door Highland Gin 70cl
    Named after the distinctive red doors at the Benromach Distillery, Red Door is a small-batch, handcrafted London Dry style gin. Red Door Gin delivers signature notes of juniper and a defining citrus note of bitter orange, with aromatic sea buckthorn, floral pearls of heather and chocolatey rowanb...
    £31.50
  • Chelsea Royal London Dry Gin 70cl
    Chelsea Royal is made in the heart of London in a traditional John Dore still using 100% grain spirit to produce the highest quality pure gin. The grain spirit is distilled with a secret blend of the highest quality botanicals drawn from all over the world. The essential botanicals are Juniper...
    £28.99
  • Tosolini Gin 43% 70cl
    Produced by the infamous Grappa producer Bepi Tosolini, in this beautifully designed blue and flora decorated bottle they bring to you their gin! To the nose you get citrus and juniper notes, on the palate this is a fresh citrus with herb and black pepper notes with a fresh and clean finish.
    £46.50
  • Slingsby Gin 70cl
    Slingsby's London Dry is made with the finest locally sourced botanicals, Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit. An initial burst of refreshing citrus and grapefruit gives way to juniper, sweet cicely and Taylors of Harrogate jasmine scented green tea. Our Perfec...
    £41.50
  • Anno Kent Dry Gin 70cl
    This Kent Dry gin from Anno Distillery is their flagship gin which is multi-award winning. It is made up of luscious local botanicals that mirror the beauty of the Kent Countryside, such as hops, samphire and local florals to create an outstanding super smooth and well rounded gin.
    £36.99
  • The Blue Beetle London Dry Gin 70cl
    There are many types of beetles. The blue beetle, however, is not a common beetle. It is not frequently found in nature and we generally know very little about it. In short, we can say it is the elusive king of beetles. Blue Beetle Gin is inspired by this character. Rare and unconventional, en...
    £29.65
  • Portobello Road No. 171 Navy Strength Gin 57.1% 50cl
    Portobello Road Navy Strength Gin is distilled in London under supervision of the eighth generation distiller Charles Mawell using only the finest English wheat spirit, nine time-honoured botanicals, pure water, and English sea salt. Portobello Road Gin Navy Strength is the second gin within its ...
    £25.91
  • Duck and Crutch Kensington Dry Gin 45% 70cl
    Duck and Crutch gin is being made by boyfriend and girlfriend team in a 6ft x 4ft shed in Kensington. This is a true hand crafted gin with no automation in the process, they don't even have a waters supply plumbed! The gin is a juniper driven gin thats warming and very smooth, hints of the Darjee...
    £48.90
  • Holborn London Dry Gin 43% 70cl
    Holborn London Dry Gin is distilled in small batches in a traditional copper pot still, this premium gin derives its depth and complexity from the hand-crafting process. Created with hand-foraged botanicals that create an unmistakable smoothness and depth of flavour. This gin brings you l...
    £38.00
  • Long Table London Dry Gin 44% 70cl
    Another gold award winning gin from Long Table Distillery in Canada. This is their take on a London Dry style and is defined by the use of 8 unique botanicals that offer a clean, fresh tasting notes of bold piney juniper, a faint cashew nuttiness and light zesty notes. A fragrant, full of flavour...
    £37.99
  • Luxardo London Dry Gin 70cl
    Luxardo have a great history with making 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 recipe for Luxardo London Dry Gin is based on the same 1900 recipe and contains 9 botanicals; juniper, coriander, i...
    £29.99
  • Copper Head Black Batch Gin 42% 50cl
    Mr Copperhead, the notorious alchemist in constant search of improving his elixir of life, was enchanted by the elder tree and the tales surrounding it of witchcraft, protection and life prolonging qualities. He managed to use the pitch black berries of the Sambucus Nigra shrub to stimulate the i...
    £36.95
  • London to Lima Gin 42.8% 70cl
    A full flavored fusion of floral grape notes, mountain herbs, citrus and pink pepper spice. Boron of a quest to Peru that ventured deep into the Amazon Jungle, high into the Andes Mountains, along the Pacific Coast. This gin embodies its creator's British roots and the culture and craf...
    £46.99
  • Roundwood London Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    This enchanting bottle of gin is from Roundwood, couple Emily and Rupert in Cambridgeshire. Their exceptional handcrafted gin captures the freshness of the untouched, enchanting landscape surrounding the Cambridgshire distillery. Inspired by the nearby woods, Wennington Wood, a 180 acre&n...
    £35.90
  • Dyfi Original Gin 45% 50cl
    Dyfi Original was the first gin we produced at the Dyfi Distillery and remains a firm favourite at the distillery cellar door, and the best local hostelries. They produce this gin using their meticulous precision-distilling approach, with the aim ...
    £32.25
  • Elephant Strength Gin 57% 50cl
    Whilst the Elephant London Dry Gin and Elephant Strength Gin share the same fourteen botanicals, including rare African ingredients, to create their distinctive flavour profiles, the latter uses twice the quantity of botanicals and has an ABV of 57%. The botanical focus is also specifi...
    £34.50
  • Holly's Gin Small Batch Cornish Gin 42% 70cl
    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 London Dry and vintage gin bottles. Distilled in our county of Cornwall where she comes from. A stunni...
    £36.00
  • Barra Atlantic Gin 70cl
    Barra Gin showcases a perfect balance of floral and herbal on the nose, leading to juniper, citrus and dulcet carrageen rolling across the tongue like mighty Atlantic surf breaking on Barra shores. Refreshing and clean, with a long, gratifyingly warm spice finish that opens out like the vast v...
    £38.99
  • Kinrara Scottish Highland Dry Gin 70cl
    A  juniper led dry gin, combining both foraged and locally sourced botanicals. The rosehip’s and rowan berries that we use in the gin have been gathered from the estate grounds throughout the year. On the nose this is fruity and floral with a hint of Rosehip and slight sweetness. ...
    £39.99
  • The EXE Gin 42% 70cl
    The EXE GIN is a traditional Dry London Gin with a lovely smooth taste. Delicately infused and traditionally distilled. It has a great balance of spices and zesty citrus flavours. This Gin is inspired by the stunning Exe valley runni...
    £35.99
  • Ramsbury Single Estate Gin 40% 70cl
    Ramsbury Gin is one of the very few single estate gins made here in the UK. They believe that you can't make great gin without first making great vodka. Ramsbury Gin starts its journey to you on the estate as Horatio wheat. They then distil it through their 43 plate co...
    £31.80
  • Dartmouth English Gin 45% 70cl
    The flagship bottling from Dartmouth Distilling Co, a 45%ABV craft gin that has been distilled very slowly to produce an incredibly smooth yet full flavoured gin that delights. We get large juniper and floral notes from rosemary, lavender and citrus fruits. Cubeb bring a little spice t...
    £35.90
  • Divine Gin 42% 70cl
    Divine gin is a fine and lightly balanced, with botanicals sourced internationally and brought back to Yorkshire. Using modern distilling techniques and fresh Yorkshire spring water to produce a hearty aroma with a distinctive character that ensures a divine level of complexity! Divine...
    £34.50
  • Thunderflower Devon Dry Gin 42% 70cl
    Thunderflower Gin is a true-craft gin, hand made in very small batches using a traditional one shot distillation method to extract a complex flavour profile through the vapour infusion of our eleven carefully balanced botanicals. This is a fantastic gin for someone looking for the classic Lond...
    £38.50
  • Berkeley Square London Gin 46% 70cl
    Berkeley Square London Gin is so smooth and complex that to simplify it, you should enjoy straight over ice or if you are partial to a Martini it will make the perfect one! The attention to detail does not finish once the distilling is complete, each bottle is filled, closed and polished by ha...
    £76.95
  • Jodhpur Gin 43% Ice Bucket 70cl
    Jodhpur gin is distilled in England by prestigious distillers with more than 100 hundred years of experience. Jodhpur is conceived as a London Dry Gin whose recipe is obtained from the macerated 13 botanicals. Each of the 13 botanicals are responsible for the combination of bitter, fresh and s...
    £29.50
  • Aber Falls Small Batch Welsh Gin 43% 70cl
    This is a premium small batch Welsh gin distilled in Abergwyngregyn using water from Rhaeadr Fawr - the Aber Falls waterfall. This premium small batch gin has floral notes of lavender which is complimented with the ever present piney juniper and notes of peppery spice with a long lasti...
    £32.99
  • Martin Millers London Dry Gin 40%
    A gin of super premium quality and authentic character, the delicious, clean taste of Millers reformed london Dry Gin will always refresh and invigorate. Born out of Love, Obsession and A Degree of Madness! Martin Miller's Gin has become one of the world's most loved and awarded gins. Love- Marti...
    £24.99
  • Tanqueray Ten 47.3% 70cl
    Tanqueray No.Ten gin is a superpremium smallbatch gin, named after the number of the No. 10 still in which it is made. A superb controlled explosion of very aromatic botanical flavours, presented in a a very striking bottle. Regarded by many top barmen as the benchmark gin.
    £37.99
  • Brokers London Dry Gin 40%
    Made with THE FINEST herbs, spices and fruit IMPORTED FROM THREE CONTINENTS, Broker's Gin is SPECIALLY BLENDED TO BE DRY...not unlike the British sense of humour. The rich mixture of natural ingredients, each carefully selected, produces a drink of OUTSTANDING flavour and freshness. BROK...
    £21.35
  • The London Gin No.1 Original Blue Gin 47% 70cl
    Quadruple distilled in small batches under the careful eye of Master Distiller Charles Maxwell, The London Gin is made from the highest quality English grain spirit and contains with 13 key botanicals. To the traditional juniper, coriander and angelica are added lemon peel, cassia bar...
    £33.50
  • Fifty Pound Gin 43.5% 70cl
    Fifty pound Gin is a stikingly smooth small batch, London dry gin. Fifty Pounds Gin is produced in a small and legendary distillery located in the south-east of London, with a tradition of more than two centuries behind it. The method is carried out in a still manufactured by the legendary John D...
    £35.50
  • Tanqueray Rangpur Gin 41.3% 70cl
    The Rangpur limes and other carefully selected botanicals are incorporated into the actual distillation process in the true Tanqueray tradition. Through the distillation process, the flavors are allowed to blend, while any bitter components are eliminated. The resulting product offers high qualit...
    £30.99
  • Ish Gin London Dry Gin 41% 70cl
    Whilst modern in it's presentation, -ish returns to a traditional London Dry style using botanicals including coriander seed, angelica root, almond, orris root, nutmeg, cinnamon, cassia, liquorice, lemon & orange peel and with an "extra shot" of Juniper (almost double of a standard ...
    £32.99
  • Sloanes Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Sloanes London style dry gin is an exceptionally smooth, premium quality award-winning gin with an exquisite balance of flavours unmatched by any other.This exceptional balance, considered unique in gin, is achieved through distilling each of the 9 botanicals individually before each distillate i...
    £26.99
  • Sipsmith London dry Gin 41.6% 70cl
    Sipsmith gin is produced in small batches of about 200 bottles, Made with english barley spirit and ten carefully selected botanicals it is then blended with Lydwell spring water, the source of the Thames. This Lodon dry Gin is msooth, full of character and exploding flavour.
    £30.99
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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.