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  • Westward Farm 28 Miles Honey & Orange Gin 40% 70cl
    This is Westward Farm 28 Miles Gin which changes and evolves to showcase the botanicals that they grow throught the year. They grow a range of plants for their essential oils which they use in the 28 miles soaps and cosmetics. They match these home-grown, local botanicals in their still with o...
    £38.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bloom Jasmine & Rose Gin 70cl
    Another winner from Bloom and their master distiller Joanne Moor. Their Jasmine and Rose Gin is made with only natural flower extracts, no artificial flavoring or ingredients are to be found here! Our Perfect Pour:Enjoy Bloom Jasmine and Rose Gin with an Indian T...
    £30.75
  • Imaginaria Turkish Delight Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Over at the Imaginaria, they push the boundaries of taste sensations to bring the most exquisite combination of Premium gin with botanicals and essences hand selected to expand your tastebuds. Close your eyes, take a sip and enjoy this harmonious blend of premium British Gin and delicately soft T...
    £20.95
  • Skin Gin Ladies Edition Pink 42% 50cl
    The Ladies Edition is the pink panther from Skin Gin. Handcrafted bottle has a smooth pink leather look cover and a copper colored foil embossing on all sides. Due to the very positive response to the ladies to this beautiful bottle this has become the 'Ladies Edition'.This gin is mad...
    £43.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Boe Passion Gin 70cl
    Boe Passion Gin is lovingly made in small batches, their award winning Boe Scottish Gin is gently blended with the tropical flavours of Passion Fruit to create Boe Passion Gin. This is a stylish gin with the warm lingering finish of exotic fruits, sensational aroma and...
    £24.99
  • 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
  • Makar Old Tom Gin 43% 70cl
    The Old Tom is a reinvention of a traditional and classic rec pie. Old Tom gins are a sweeter style of gin which in recent times has enjoyed a renaissance after falling out of favor with the gin elite. Complementing the bold juniper of Makar Original Gin, the Old Tom infuses orange pee...
    £30.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trevethan Gin Minature Pack 3x5cl
    A lovely tasting pack to sample or gift 3 great gins from Trevethan. Contains 3x5cl bottles Trevethan Original, Trevethan Honey Oak and Trevethan Chauffeurs Reserve.
    £21.98
  • Curio Blueberry Gin 37.5% 70cl
    A first from Curio, gin made with blueberries from a former Cornish monastery that is not to far from us here at Drinkfinder. These are used to create a refreshing gin full of mouth bursting flavour and zest, without being too overpowering and tart. This is a smooth and pleasing g...
    £36.00
  • Barbers London Dry Gin 70cl
    Barbers London Dry Gin is a classic example of a London Dry Gin. On the nose it is full of notes of juniper and coriander with a hint of citrus on the finish. On the palate this is smooth, complex and predominantly juniper. Perfect Pour:Enjoy in a dry Martin...
    £25.66
  • Trevethan Zesty Lemon 37.5% 70cl
    Trevethan have released a third bottling in the Fruit Reserve range in collaboration with St Austell Brewery, Zesty Lemon! This gin is a fantastic go to for those seeking some zest and lemon bursting gin this summer. How about serving over ice and a quality tonic ga...
    £34.99
  • Chase 12 Days of Christmas Gift Pack 12x5cl
    Chase have produced this lovely gift for you to enjoy over the 12 days of Christmas or as a gift to a gin lover. Each miniature is sat in its own little draw awaiting to give you a little treat. 12 Beautifully hand made and single estate spirits included:2x 5cl GB Gin2...
    £55.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    £38.00
  • Two Birds Watermelon Gin 37.5% 20cl
    Two Birds Watermelon Gin now in 20cl bottling. Two Birds are onto something here, possible trend setting! Think a hot summers day and a big wedge of watermelon chilled to tuck into. Taste buds tingling yet? Made using their flagship premium gin, this will display juniper berries, lemon peel an...
    £10.42
  • Cygnet Welsh Gin 70cl
    Cygnet gin is proudly made in Swansea, Wales. Crafted with the finest botanicals and blended with the finest Welsh water. The botanicals include the likes of almonds, angelica root, chamomile, cardamom, coriander, juniper, lemon, lime, orange and more.
    £34.50
  • 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
  • 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
  • Seedlip Grove 42 Citrus 70cl
    The third alcohol free, zero calories, sugar and sweetener free with no artificial flavour gin alternative from Seedlip. Grove 42 is the Citrus variant. A zesty and citrus filled complex, citrus blend of three types of orange and lots of spice distillates. Orange and mandarin peel...
    £23.75
  • Beefeater Blood Orange Gin 70cl
    This new blood orange gin from Beefeater is packed with as much flavour as it is vibrant in colour. Fresh citrus flavours of blood orange finely balanced with the flagship Beefeater London Dry profile that is world known. Perfect for summer drinks in the sun.
    £18.99
  • Wicked Wolf 1869 Gin 70cl
    Wicked Wolf have produced this 1669 Lorna Doone Gin to celebrate 150 years of R. D. Blackmore's epic novel 'Lorna Doone'.Juniper and coriander are enhanced with whortleberry, heather, meadowsweet and vanilla which all help capture the romance of the wild Exmoor.Also ava...
    £38.99
  • Wicked Wolf 1869 Gin 35cl
    Wicked Wolf have produced this 1669 Lorna Doone Gin to celebrate 150 years of R. D. Blackmore's epic novel 'Lorna Doone'. Juniper and coriander are enhanced with whortleberry, heather, meadowsweet and vanilla which all help capture the romance of the wild Exmoor. Also available...
    £22.50
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marmalade Old Tom Gin, Pocketful of Stones 70cl
    A new creation from the guys at Pocketful of stones distillery in Penzance. Taking a very traditional style of Gin 'Old Tom' which has been slightly sweetened and giving it a new twist with Seville Orange marmalade. It produces a gin with forward citrus notes of orange peel, a lovely mix of botan...
    £38.99
  • Dandelion & Burdock Gin, Pocketful of Stones 70cl
    A second new bottling from the Guys at Pocketful of Stones, a nostalgic blast from the past 'Dandelion & Burdock Gin'. Heady sweet floral notes combine with earthy spiciness on the nose. A slight sweetness intially followed by a botanical mix, earthy notes and some bitterness.
    £38.99
  • 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
  • Zuidam Dutch Courage Old Tom Gin 40% 70cl
    Zuidam's Dutch Courage Old Tom Gin is single pot distilled with 10 botanicals, juniper, elderflower, Italian orris root, Moroccan coriander, angelica, sweet orange, whole fresh Spanish lemons, Indian liquorice, whole vanilla beans from Madagascar and a secret only known to Zuidam's team ingred...
    £43.50
  • Mrs Cuthberts Black Forest Gateau British Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Mrs Cuthbert's British Gin Liqueur, Black Forest Gateau is distilled in North Yorkshire with complex six botanical gin and infused with flavour tones of cherry and vanilla cream. Dorothy Cuthbert's Classic Gin Liqueurs are inspired by their late Auntie Dot. An avid and talented curator...
    £12.39
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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.