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  • 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
  • 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
  • Two Birds Speciality Cocktail Gin 40% 70cl
    A specially developed version of their award winning London Dry but with extra juniper! 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 onl...
    £30.99
  • 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
  • Bobby's Schiedam Dry Gin 42% 70cl
    Bobby's Gin is named after Jacobus Alfons, who has born in Indonesia but migrated to the Netherlands in 1950. He loved the taste of Dutch Genever, but missed the taste of home and started to infuse it with spices and herbs from his native land, not knowingly creating his own gin. In 2012 his gran...
    £42.99
  • 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
  • Malfy Originale Gin 70cl
    Malfy Originale is an Italian gin that doesn't like to over complicate things and pays homage to when, they claim, gin was first distilled by monks in Italy in 1050 AD. This is a juniper forward gin that is distilled using just six botanicals and reduced to bottling strength with fresh water...
    £26.99
  • Beefeater Burroughs Reserve Oak Rested Gin Edition No.2 43% 70cl
    Burrough's Reserve Oak Rested gin from Beefeater is the second edition in this range and has been rested in casks which previously held Bordeaux wine. The casks selected are both red ands white wine casks and they impart and extra depth of flavour to the gin with a golden colour. T...
    £66.50
  • Chase GB Very Dry Gin 20cl Gift Book
    Hide this in your book case, know one will every know that here lies a 20cl of Chase Great British Extra Dry Gin, Perfect for a sneaky little G&T mid afternoon. They use 10 wild botanicals to create this gin along with their award winning Potato vodka as the base spirit.
    £14.99
  • Hoxton Pink Gin 40% 70cl
    Hoxton Pink Gin is the brain child of Gerry Calabrese, renowned mixologist and nightlife entrenpreneur. It takes the vibrant, bohemian attitude of Hoxton, home of many artists and musicians, and combines it into a gin that is quite unlike anything you've tried before. All the botanicals are ethic...
    £34.99
  • Rutte Dry Gin 43% 70cl
    Rutte dry gin hails from Holland, the birthplace of Genever and the country responsible for giving the British a taste for juniper goodness. Rutte have been dsitilling gin since 1872 so they know a thing or two about producing an elegant and clean offering. There's citrus to start but ...
    £36.99
  • Copper Frog Gin 42% 70cl
    Copper Frog Gin is made in Exmouth, Devon and uses purfied water drawn from Lake Wimbleball on Exmoor National Park. It's distilled over an open flame at a small, family run distillery that are more interested in respecting the ancient traditions of distillation than producing a commercial gin...
    £46.99
  • Zing 72 Botanical Gin 40% 70cl
    Zing 72 is a premium grain gin distilled in Provence in the south of France. It's presented in a very eye catching bottle that is representative of the copper alembic that is used to create this small batch gin. The name also alludes to the distillation process as the botanicals are macerated for...
    £39.99
  • Uncle Vals Peppered Gin 45% 70cl
    Uncle Val's Peppered Gin is a very unusual gin that adds the most noteworthy botanicals after distillation. These are black pepper, bell peppers and pimento. This gives the gin a real spicy kick and you can really get that peppery punch on the palate. There is some sweetness mingled in with the p...
    £41.99
  • Badachro Gin 42.2% 70cl
    Distilled in Badachro, in the north west Highlands of Scotland, Badachro Gin is a reflection of the pure air, water and land that defines the region. Marrying traditional botanicals with hand picked wild myrtle, local gorse blossom and elderflower, the delicious taste of one of the few wildern...
    £36.99
  • Aber Falls Welsh Dry Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Aber Falls Welsh Dry Gin won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It's based on a London Dry style of gin but uses crystal clear water from the Snowdonian Mountains. Aber Falls is a distillery located in North Wales, one of only four in the whole country. They prod...
    £24.99
  • Makar Cask Matured Mulberry Aged Gin 70cl
    Makar Cask Matured Gin is an award winning tipple that picked up a Master's Medal at the Gin Masters Awards, a Gold at the Scottish Gin Awards and a Silver at the International Wine & Spirits Competition. It's distilled at the Glasgow Distillery where it spends ten weeks resting in oak casks ...
    £29.99
  • 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
  • Gin Etsu 70cl
    Gin Etsu is from Japan and means pleasure, linking somewhat naughtily to the Geisha depicted in the bottle's artwork. Distilled in Hokkaido, this gin uses a secret Asian recipe passed down through the generations. Many Japanese botanicals are used including berries, pepper, tea and the yellow ...
    £44.95
  • Elderwood English Gin 43% 50cl
    Elderwood Spirits is a collaboration between chef Mike Robinson and respected wine and spirit experts New Generation. Elderwood Gin blends a classic base of juniper, coriander and angelica with a bespoke blend of botanicals sourced from English hedgerows and woods. Small batch distille...
    £31.95
  • Wildcat Gin 41.5% 70cl
    Distilled especially for mixing - Cat's claw botanical lends a whisper of spiced citrus to a classic dry juniper taste. On the nose this is full of juniper with a light citrus note and a hint of white pepper and spice. On the palate it is refreshing and crisp, perfect for mixing into y...
    £27.99
  • Hampshire Fine Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    This is a classically styled fine dry gin, rich in Macedonian juniper and distilled slowly in a traditional pot still. Two of the six botanicals - fresh lemon and lime peel - are vapour-infused in a basket above the boiling alcohol to keep their flavours fesh for a bright, zesty fini...
    £32.99
  • St Giles Gin 42% 70cl
    Coming from Norfolk St Giles Gin's signature gin is made with 11 botanicals including lemon grass, grains of paradise and rose petals. The botanicals are infused within their bespoke copper still named Anna, by the head distiller Pete Margree to greate a beautiful modern and sophisticated...
    £39.99
  • St Giles Divers Edition (Navy Strength) Gin 57% 50cl
    This aptly named Divers Edition is the navy strength edition from St Giles distillery. Made using a unique and distinctive blend of 10 hand selected botanicals including the Norfolk samphire, cubeb berries, sea kelp and liquorice root. on the nose this gin gives fresh hay like sweetness with s...
    £36.50
  • The West Wind Gin The Broadside 75cl
    From the Australian distillers West Wind Gin, this is their Navy Strength bottling. Our Perfect PourEnjoy this Navy Strength gin with some East Imperial Grapefruit tonic water with grapefruit zest to garnish. Or enjoy neat.
    £57.50
  • Brokers Premium Pink Gin 40% 70cl
    This Premium Pink Gin from Brokers is made with their multi award winning London Dry Gin and natural strawberry flavours. Its a lovely soft and gentle yet complex and refreshing gin. Our Perfect Pour:Serve with Tonic Water and garnish with zest of any citrus frui...
    £22.99
  • Conker RNLI Navy Strength Gin 70cl
    A bold and hearty Navy Strength Gin distilled in Dorset in honour of the endeavovour and spirit of the RNLI. We raise a glass to the courageous men and wome who have worked selflessly over two centuries on their mission to end preventable loss of life at sea. A serious gin, a righteous...
    £44.50
  • Dictador Ortodoxy Aged Gin 43% 70cl
    Based on the forula of Dario Parra, former president of Dictador and lover of gin. This is a premium aged gin. In the glass this is light and full of body, a clear sign of its quality. On the nose it shows a balance of bitterness of the roots, the freshness of the botanicals and the sweet and ...
    £35.99
  • Cross Keys Distilled Dry Gin 70cl
    Discover a fresh union of gin's traditional flavour along with the light summer breeze of local charm - blend of floral patterns inherited from the original recipe of Riga Black Balsam. An all natural and pure herbal ingredients are carefully gathered to preserve the unique qualities. Crafted ...
    £26.50
  • 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
  • Roku Japanese Craft Gin 43% 70cl
    From the wold famous Suntory Distillery in Japan. This gin combines the harvest of four season of bringing Sakura Flower, Sakura Leaf, Snecha Tea, Gyokuro Tea, Sansho Pepper and Yuzu peel to the gin. Added to this they mix in eight botanicals, juiper, coriander, angelica root, angelica seed, c...
    £30.99
  • Ki No Bi Sei Kyoto Dry Gin Navy Strength 70cl
    KI NO Bi SEI is their Navy Strength offering and is made with the same intricate production as their original Ki No Bi. Made using 11 botanicals distilled in six distinct flavour categories making for a another great gin to their collection. The final blend has been recalibrated by their ...
    £56.65
  • 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
  • Salcombe Voyager Series Mischief Limited Edition 46%50cl
    This limited-edition gin is the second of the Salcombe Gin Voyager Series, a collection of limited-edition gins, each developed in collaboration with a world renowned chef or iconic winemaker, to reflect their individual personality and style.
    £62.99
  • Salcombe Voyager Series Arabella Limited Edition 46% 50cl
    This limited-edition gin is the inaugural release from the Salcombe Gin Voyager Series, a collection of limited-edition gins, each developed in collaboration with a world renowned chef or iconic winemaker, to reflect their individual personality and style.
    £62.99
  • Salcombe Limited Edition Finisterre 46% 70cl
    This limited-edition gin ‘Finisterre’ is a collaboration with Bodegas Tradición, Jerez, Spain, which is renowned for producing genre-defining aged wines using traditional and time honoured methods. Aged at our distillery for ...
    £58.99
  • Sharish Original 40% 50cl
    Sharish Gin comes from Portugal, it made with a selection of botanicals grown by the distillers themselves, including oranges, lemons and apples. Other botanicals in the mix include juniper, vanilla, cinnamon...
    £37.99
  • An Dulaman Irish Maritime Gin 43.2% 50cl
    An Dúlamán balances the unami freshness of the sea with soft juniper, citrus and spice notes which captures “Draíocht na Farraige” (the magic of the sea). This is done by using five locally harvested varieties of seaweed, as well as six other botanicals. This makes An Dúlamán as unique as...
    £29.90
  • Pickerings Navy Strength Gin 57% 70cl
    Pickering Gin is made at the first Gin Distillery in to be establish in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Based on a secret recipe from hidden since 1947 it contains 9 botanicals Juniper, Cardamon, Angelica, Fennel, Anise, Lemon, Lime and cloves. The smooth gin is produced by their 500 litre copper s...
    £42.99
  • Pickerings 1947 Original Gin 42% 70cl
    A new limited Edition gin of just 1000 bottles from the chaps at Pickerings which is from the original recipe created in 1947. Different in style to the standard Pickering's with more emphasis on the spicier botanicals, Cardamom and Cinnamon with spicy curry edges. Try serving with a good ...
    £27.50
  • 5th Gin Earth Citrics 42% 70cl
    Notes to forthcoming
    £31.99
  • Agnes Arber Premium Gin 41.6% 70cl
    On the 24th of May 1948, Agnes Arber became the first woman to receive the Gold medal of the Linnean Society, a world famous institution dedicated to the study of natural history. Born in 1879, Arber achieved excellent academic results and soon became a historian of botany. By the time of her ...
    £35.00
  • Scapegrace Dry Gin 42.2% 70cl
    Scapegrace Gin is a premium offering from New Zealand distilled by the Rogue Society Distilling Company in a John Dore copper pot still that's well over one hundred years old. The gin was launched in 2014 and soon found itself on boththe domestic and international market. We are sure this was ...
    £36.99
  • Junipero Gin 49.3% vol 70cl
    The Anchor Distilling Company, established in 1993, is dedicated to creating very small batches of traditionally distilled spirits of many types and styles. Junipero Gin is flavoured with more than a dozen botanicals by redistilling neutral spirit in a small copper pot still. The ...
    £42.50
  • G Vine Gin Floraison 40% 70cl
    The worlds first-ever ultra-premium batch distilled gin created from grape neutral spirit and starring the exquisite vine. G Vine is a new, welcome departure from the traditional juniper-based old dry gins, representing the start of a newgin-eration that blends the style and complexity of...
    £39.99
  • Boe Superior Gin 41.5% 70cl
    Franz de la Boes gin recipe has been the inspiration for Boe Superior Gin, now produced in the historic Scottish village of Doune using a unique blend of 13 hand-picked botanicals that include Wild Cassia Bark from the Isle of Skye. Boe is produced using one of the worlds very rare...
    £24.99
  • G Vine Gin Nouaison 43.9% 70cl
    G Vine Nouaison Gin is produced at a higher-strength than the Floraison G'Vine. This particular gin is more suited to the traditional addition of tonic water. Nouaison is batch-distilled in a copper potstill and flavoured with fresh botaniocals including the grape flower.
    £38.50
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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.