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  • Mrs Cuthberts Rhubarb & Custard Crumble British Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Mrs Cuthbert's British Gin Liqueur, Rhubarb and Custard Crumble is distilled in North Yorkshire with complex six botanical gin and infused with flavour tones of rhubarb, creamy custard and vanilla. Dorothy Cuthbert's Classic Gin Liqueurs are inspired by their late Auntie Dot. An avid a...
    £12.39
  • Mrs Cuthberts Victoria Sponge Cake British Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Mrs Cuthbert's British Gin Liqueur, Victoria Sponge Cake is distilled in North Yorkshire with complex six botanical gin and infused with flavour tones of strawberry, cream and light sponge. Dorothy Cuthbert's Classic Gin Liqueurs are inspired by their late Auntie Dot. An avid...
    £12.39
  • Mrs Cuthberts Parma Violet Cupcake British Gin Liqueur 50cl
    Mrs Cuthbert's British Gin Liqueur, Parma Violet Cupcake is distilled in North Yorkshire with complex six botanical gin and infused with flavour tones of parma violet and a touch of vanilla. Dorothy Cuthbert's Classic Gin Liqueurs are inspired by their late Auntie Dot. An avid and tale...
    £12.39
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hibernation Gin Dyfi 45% 50cl
    Hibernation Gin is an exquisite sipping gin, optionally chilled, or as a martini, and also makes a delicious negroni. Our most pleasant discovery is what an excellent Gin & Tonic it makes, but given that White Port & Tonic is such a fine combination, perhaps we should not be surprised....
    £39.50
  • 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 ...
    £32.50
  • Tinkture Classic Rose Gin 50cl
    Tinkture is the latest addition to the Cornish gin family. It is a delightfully light, delicate gin with a hint of citrus. The juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and warmth. The colour is a golden amber that changes to beautiful pink when mixed with tonic (ooooo fancy)!&nb...
    £45.00
  • Tinkture Minature Rose Gin 5cl
    Tinkture is the latest addition to the Cornish gin family. It is a delightfully light, delicate gin with a hint of citrus. The juniper and coriander provide a complex depth and warmth. The colour is a golden amber that changes to beautiful pink when mixed with tonic (ooooo fancy)!  A clas...
    £9.99
  • Conker Port Barrel Gin 43% 70cl
    They have rested their signature Dorset Dry gin in used Port barrels from Portugal - perfectly combining dry pine juniper and herbaceous brightness, with notes of vanilla oak, warm spice and sweet red fruits. Conker Spirit and their pursuit of new and exciting spirits have brought toge...
    £49.95
  • Elephant Sloe Gin 35% 50cl
    Elephant Gin have combined their award-winning Elephant London Dry Gin with the classic flavour of fresh sloe berries. Macerate in the gin for several months, these wild berries add a richly rounded, lightly sweet and exquisitely fruity bouquet as well as a typical warm red colour to the ...
    £29.99
  • 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
  • Frogs Lip Violet Gin 41.5% 70cl
    Frogs Lip Gin have a new flavour to the existing 3 other variations, Violet! Deep violet in colour and full of matching deep violet notes throughout with the noticeable notes from their Dry Gin. Lovingly made by combining their secret aromatic extract from frogs lips and traditional hand picke...
    £30.99
  • 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
  • Puerto De Indias Strawberry Gin 37.5% 70cl
    Premium Gin produced at one of the oldest distilleries of Andalusia, located in the town of Carmona in the province of Seville. With a translucent, light pink appearance, Port of India Strawberry Premium Gin has a soft touch of liquorice and a sweet, wild flavour of strawberry and...
    £27.99
  • Ceder's Crisp Alcohol Free 50cl
    Refreshing and tranquil. A refreshing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and citrus combined with cucumber and calming camomile. CEDER’S is a distilled non-alcoholic alt-gin made with classic gin and exotic South African botanicals, found only in the Cederberg Mountains of...
    £15.99
  • Ceder's Wild Alcohol Free 50cl
    Spicy and intriguing. An intriguing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and ginger, combined with clove and rooibos. CEDER’S is a distilled non-alcoholic alt-gin made with classic gin and exotic South African botanicals, found only in the Cederberg Mountains of the Western ...
    £15.99
  • Grandad's Allotment Rhubarb Gin 40% 70cl
    Grandad's Allotment provides a tantiising taste explosion, bursting with botanical flavours. Tangy notes of homegrown rhubarb masterfully combined with Granny Garbutt's delicious dry gin
    £36.60
  • William Kerr's Borders Gin 43% 70cl
    William Kerr’s Borders Gin is 100% made in Scotland, hand crafted at and by The Borders Distillery, from barley to bottle. This gin gives subtle aromas and complex flavours of juniper berries, herbs, roots, flowers and spices As the first distiller...
    £31.50
  • Mombasa Club Lemon Edition 37.5% 70cl
    The latest addition to the Mombasa Gin family is the Mombasa Lemon Edition. Following market trends, they are presenting this totally new gin. Maintaining the classic London Dry Style, it adds a world of citric and fruity flavors. Mombasa Club Lemon Edition is a gin infu...
    £35.75
  • Agnes Arber Rhubarb Gin 70cl
    Agnes Arber Rhubarb is a lovely twist on their convergence of nine pot stilled botanicals. Juniper, coriander, cassia, lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit and liquorice. After distillation the gin is infused with the delicious signature tartness of rhubarb. Agnes Arber was the first woman ...
    £37.99
  • 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
  • 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...
    £29.99
  • 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
  • Divine Raspberry 40% 70cl
    Divine gin is a fine and lightly balanced, with botanicals sourced internationally and brought back to Yorkshire. Divine Raspberry Gin is made using their flagship London Dry Gin that is then infused with the finest raspberries to create a taste sensation for your palate. Using modern dis...
    £38.99
  • 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
  • Trevethan Rhubarb & Apple Gin 70cl
    Trevethan are very pleased to announce the Fruit Reserve Range! The first is this Rhubarb & Apple Gin. Fresh and vibrant gins ready for spring and summer! This Rhubarb & Apple gin combine the sweet and savoury notes of rhubarb along with vibrant fruity apple. This Cor...
    £34.99
  • Trevethan Passion Fruit & Orange Blossom Gin 70cl
    Trevethan are very pleased to announce the Fruit Reserve Range! This is the Passion Fruit & Orange Blossom, the other in the range is Rhubarb & Apple. Fresh and vibrant gins ready for spring and summer! This Passion Fruit & Orange Blossom combines vibrant notes of passion f...
    £34.99
  • 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
  • 3 Pugs Lemony Sherbet Flavoured Gin Liqueur 50cl
    The 3 Pugs Gin adventure continues with this great and lovingly made Lemon Sherbet inspired Gin Liqueur. Their pugs Pepsi, TuTu and Mojo are the 3 pugs and inspiration for this. Made with their signature 8 botanicals that will never change, added to their specially sourced Lemony Sherb...
    £26.99
  • Staffords Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 70cl
    The first flavoured gin to be launched from Colwith Farm Distillery, the first plough to bottle distillery in Cornwall! Rhubarb and apple, we are all aware this is a great winning combination for gins. Their signature gin is infused with a delicate selection of botanicals foraged on the farm incl...
    £36.99
  • 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
  • City Of London Six Bells Lemon Gin 70cl
    City of London Distillery have added to their excellent range once again. This vibrant lemon gin has been inspired by the citrus fruits that once were ferried down the river at the heart of London from distant and exotic lands as the British Empire flourished. A citrus lead traditional London ...
    £30.99
  • City of London Murcian Orange Gin 70cl
    City of London Distillery have added this Orange variation to their excellent range. This vibrant orange gin has been inspired by the citrus fruits that once were ferried down the river at the heart of London from distant and exotic lands as the British Empire flourished. A citrus lead tr...
    £30.99
  • 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
  • Two Birds Parma Violet Gin 37.5% 70cl
    A new flavour from the great producers over at Two Birds. Parma Violet Gin, you will get to enjoy flavours of lemon peel, dried rose petals and juniper berries.Perfect Pour:Enjoy with a light tonic, garnish with lemon peel and rose petals. Go the extra effort an...
    £31.50
  • Salcombe Voyager Series Island Queen Limited Edition 46% 50cl
    Island Queen is a limited edition and the fourth of the Salcombe Gin Voyager Series and a collaboration with Monica Galetti. Voyager Series is a collection of limited edition gins, each developed in collaboration with a world renowned chef or iconic winemaker to reflect their individual person...
    £62.99
  • Porters Gin 41.5% 70cl
    Porter's gin isa fusion of old and new. Unbound by convention they yse modern cold distilation, which allows them to extract light refreshing flavours from delicate botanicals normally damaged by heat. Some botanicals taste better when using traditional methods, so they are partnered with a di...
    £25.49
  • House of Elrick Gin 70cl
    A hand crafted artisan gin that is one of the finest available. The botanicals used are hand picked by the 'Master of Gin' and the list consists of juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and citrus peel, built around the core of heather, pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose petal...
    £32.99
  • McQueen and the Violet Fog 40% 70cl
    McQueen and the Violet Fog is made in the hills of Jundiai, Brazil using 21 botanicals. It has been crafted with a very unique distillation method where they combine two techniques together and produced in 500 litre batches. The first 15 botanicals are macerated in neu...
    £36.74
  • Lind & Lime Gin 70cl
    Lind & Lime Gin is the first spirit to be produced by The Port Leith Distillery Co at their Tower Street Stillhouse. They are hoping to venture into distilling whisky in the near future, so they have thrown all their energy into creating a fantastic gin forged ...
    £34.95
  • Rosemullion Dry Gin 70cl
    Rosemullion Dry Gin is the perfect blend of juniper, botanicals and citrus fruits infused in their own distilled spirit which they make from scratch, to create a classic and modern dry gin. They are one of the very few that are distilling their own alcohol where others may flavour or alte...
    £35.99
  • Rosemullion Summer Gin 70cl
    Rosemullion Summer Gin is a fresh gin with a citrus kick infused with Cornish elements to provide a warm gin, perfect for the summer evenings. They are one of the very few that are distilling their own alcohol where others may flavour or alter industrial alcohol for their produc...
    £35.99
  • Oreg Colour Changing Cornish Dry Gin
    Oreg is a Colour Changing Cornish Dry Gin. It was inspired by the cycle of the seasons and contains elderflower and lavender which evoke the scorching summers and then the pine and orange bring your mind to the frosty winters.Orris root, pepper and sea-buckthorn keep the extremity ...
    £35.00
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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.