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  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Brilliantly British Blackberry Gin 38% 70cl
    A fruit lead dry gin with a touch of Cornish wildflower honey. Distilled with 14 different hand selected botanicals sourced either locally or from exotic locations. Blackberries that are 100% British, wildflower honey from Cornwall, coriander seed from Bulgaria, liquorice root from Uzbekistan,...
    £31.99
  • Curio Fly Navy Cornish Gin 42% 70cl
    Curio Spirits new Gin Fly Navy has been made in conjunction with RNAS Culdrose and commemorates the centenary of the first landing of a plan on a moving ship at sea. It has been quadruple distilled with botanicals including Madagascan vaniila, sansha peppers and Cornish heather foraged from aroun...
    £42.99
  • Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin 43% 70cl
    New to the ever growing Whitley Neill stable of gins is Whitley Neil Raspberry which has been handcrafted using Scottish raspberries. The brand is heavily inspired by Africa and their base gin contains two botanicals found growing naturally there. Whitley Neil Raspberry has a deli...
    £24.99
  • Tarquins Hopster Gin 42% 70cl
    Tarquin's Hopster Gin is made in collaboration with Sharp's Brewery and contains three different types of hops. These are Crystal, Cascade and Pilot and they are added to the normal Tarquin's Gin recipe and distilled. The result is a gin that is juniper lead with a zesty cereal taste and a nutty ...
    £39.50
  • 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
  • Plymouth Navy Strength Gin 57% 70cl
    Plymouth Navy Strength Gin in its new packaging. Bold and aromatic gin yet smooth and balanced, Plymouth Gin is avery disctictive. The 57% strnegth of this gin derived from the fact that 57% is the strength at which spirit ignites gunpowder.
    £39.99
  • Gin Mare 42.7% 70cl
    Gin Mare is a super premium Spanish gin using botanicals grown in the Mediterranean including olives, rosemary, thyme, basil and citrus fruit peel that has been macerated in spirit for a whole year. The gin itself is made by the Ribot family, purveyors of fine wine and spirits since 1835. The ...
    £38.50
  • Monkey 47 Gin 47% vol 50cl
    Monkey 47 Gin uses an astounding 47 botanicals and is made in Germany or, more specifically, the Black Forest. Whilst it would be labourious to list every botanical used, ingredients are sourced from around the world but also from the forest itself; cranberries are a prime example of this...
    £45.99
  • 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
  • Jinzu Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Jinzu is a new style of gin combining it with Jinzu sake. The gin is first distilled in Cameron Bridge, Scotland in pot stills used to make whisky, with a combination of tradional botanicals and some japanese botanicals. Juniper from Tuscany, corriander from eastern Europe, Yuzu citrus and cherry...
    £38.99
  • Elephant London Dry Gin 45% 50cl
    Distilled at an award winning distillery just outside Hamburg, Elephant gin takes its inspiration from the spirit of adventure shown by Botanist Heinrich Starks expedition in 1802.Created with spring water, local ingredients and apple, elderflower, ginger, mountain pine, baoba, buchu and Af...
    £30.99
  • Nginious Swiss Blended Gin 45% 50cl
    Swiss Blended Gin is full of character, with a herbal note and very fresh and well-balanced. It comes with great complexity and seems very soft and harmonic even when drunk pure. The 18 botanicals can clearly be smelled and tasted. This gin, containing 45 % vol., can be drunk pure. It shows its p...
    £45.99
  • Nginious Summer Gin 42% 50cl
    For the summer edition of nginious! an entirely new recipe was composed. Apart from juniper and blueberries it consists of peach, jasmine blossoms, fresh sweet limes, white pepper and rhubarb. It is easy to guess that fruity-floral notes dominate. The summer gin is a little lighter than our ngini...
    £49.99
  • Conker Dorset Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Conker Dorset Dry Gin has been created using ten botanicals, three of which are sourced locally, Elderberries, Samphire and wild gorse flowers. A smooth gin made from British wheat spirit uniquely different and cut with Dorset spring water.
    £36.99
  • Pink Pepper Gin Audemus Spirits 44% 70cl
    Pink Pepper Gin has been designed to be an entirely unique, intense and aromatic gin one which will age and evolve both in the bottle and in the glass. When the bottle is young, or when diluted or chilled fresher, spicy notes of pink pepper, juniper and cardamom are prominent. Over time, howeve...
    £39.50
  • 5th Gin Earth Citrics 42% 70cl
    Notes to forthcoming
    £31.99
  • Malfy Con Limone Gin 70cl
    Malfy Con Limone Gin  is distilled by the Vergnano family in Torino Distillati, a distillery established in 1906 in an area just outside the city of Torino that has a long been home to wine and spirit makers. This citrus gin uses Italian juniper along with gorgeous lemons from the Am...
    £26.99
  • Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin 41.8% 70cl
    Named after the four main principals that makes this wonderful gin. No.1 is their copper pot still named Wilma, no2 is the water which comes from and spring in yarra valley, Australia. No. 3 is the botanicals some sourced locally and the rest from around the world. No 4 is love, which is the comm...
    £34.99
  • Slingsby Rhubarb Gin 40% 70cl
    An initial burst of refreshing rhubarb and citrus from the grapefruit base gives way to juniper before a very smooth herbaceous sweetness, led by sweet cicely and a light green tea scented with jasmine blossom. Enjoy straight with a premium tonic water. We recommend on ice with a t...
    £42.99
  • Caspyn Cornish Dry Gin 40% 70cl
    Caspyn Dry Gin 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 closely guarded secret. The gin is made...
    £32.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin The Seadog 35cl 57% vol
    Tarquin's Seadog Gin Navy Strength is a permanent expression in his ever growing range of Cornish gins and is the same as the limited edition he made to commemorate 771 squadron stepping down from their role as Search and Rescue providers from their base at Culdrose, Helston. You can read...
    £21.99
  • Ferdinands Saar Dry Gin 44% 50cl
    Ferninand's Saar Dry Gin takes its name from District Forester Ferdinand Geltz, who co founded the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer growers group in Germany. This Riesling infused gin is very unique using carefully handpicked grapes and 30 finely balanced botanicals taken from around the vineyards. Distil...
    £40.99
  • Boe Violet Gin 41.5% 70cl
    This new Gin from Boe is created in small batches and has been infused with violets. This creates a unique delicate, floral taste with a beautiful colour and aroma. Drink with tonic or in a cockatil.
    £30.99
  • Slingsby Navy Strength Gin 57% 70cl
    Slingsby Navy strength gin has been crafted using local botanicals including; primrose, sweet cicely, nettle, Rhubarb, milk thistle, rosehip and Taylors of Harrogate green and jasmine tea. This is then mixed with a handful of carefully chosen botanicals from around the world and blended with pure...
    £57.99
  • Granny Garbutt's Gin 42% 70cl
    Exclusive online at Drinkfinder. Granny Garbutt was born in 1901 on the North Yorkshire Moors. She had a colourful character and loved to socialise which often lead to mischief, much frowned upon in those days. Granny Garbutt's small batch craft gin has been produced mindfully by using moorlan...
    £35.99
  • St. Ives Gin 38% vol 70cl
    St Ives Gin made from a list of 13 botanicals. It is not a distilled gin but a cold compounded gin which is a method that dates back to the 16th century. They take the finest grain spirit and then steep the variously botanicals seperatley for 24 to 36 hours, these seperate compounds are then b...
    £36.99
  • 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
  • Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin 43% 70cl
    Inspired by a honeymoon in Sicily by Frederick Neill and his new wife who fell in love with the zesty flavours of blood oranges. He first distilled a vodka using this wonderful fruit which has led to the creation of this Blood Orange Gin. It is bright and zesty on the nose with distinct orange...
    £24.99
  • 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
  • Xoriguer Gin Mahon 38% 70cl
    Wonderfully aromatic, this gin has been enjoyed for centuries on the Island of Menorca. It was first made for the Britsh Sailors who were stationed on the Island between 1708 and 1802 and is still made in the tradtional way, according to the original 18th century recipe. Distilled from wine alcoh...
    £24.99
  • Old Raj Gin 55%vol Cadenheads 70cl
    Cadenheads BottlingCadenhead's Old Raj Gin is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare and costly spice derived from the crocus flower. In addition to a slightly spicy flavour, this also imparts a pale yellow colour to Old Raj. The addition of saffron is undertaken per...
    £30.99
  • Saffron Gin Boudier 40% 70cl
    Saffron Gin comes from a recipe rediscovered in the Boudier archives. Saffron Gin is the result of an alliance between Great Britain for its London Dry Gin, India for its spice used extensively in cooking and in religious ceremonies, and French know-how developed by Gabriel Boudier. This original...
    £33.50
  • 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
  • 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
  • Larios 12 Premium Gin 40% 70cl
    Larios 12 is a new Premium Gin made using 12 botanicals. It is distilled four times with a final distillation adding orange blosssom to a give a delicate exotic aroma and silky smooth mouthfeel.
    £23.50
  • 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
  • Aviation Gin 42% 70cl
    Aviation Gin was born from an idea by Ryan Magarian of Liquid relation and two friends in the States. In June of 2006, after nearly 30 rounds of trials and adjustments, their vision became reality when the trio felt they had finally captured the essence of their obsession, and Aviation Gin was un...
    £36.39
  • Citadelle Gin 44% 70cl
    Citadelle French Gin is produced in the Grande Champagne region of Cognac in France. The gin is a blend of 19 botanicals, with heavy juniper focus mellowing into a blend of floral, citrus and spice notes. Perfect in martinis and classic gin cocktails. Citadelle is the only gin in the world produc...
    £31.50
  • Williams Chase Seville Orange Gin 40% 70cl
    The Seville Orange Gin is made by stirring Williams Gin through with sweet orange peel. The initial orange taste is then complimented by the botanicals, bottled at 40% and in 70cl bottles. We recommend serving with tonic and a slice/zest of orange.
    £37.99
  • Beefeater 24 Gin 45% 70cl
    The 12 natural ingredients of Beefeater 24 are sourced from around the world. Hand-prepared grapefruit and Seville orange peel add a tangy note to the aromatic influence of Japanese and Chinese teas.Under the watchful eye of Desmond Payne, one of the worlds most experience gin master distil...
    £28.99
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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.