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  • 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...
    £38.99
  • 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
  • Henners Gin 45% 70cl
    Close your eyes. Breathe in deep and imagine walking through the English countryside in the full swing of summer.  That’s the essence of this gorgeously aromatic and Downright Delicious Gin. A fusion of crunchy cucumber and freshly crushed curly leaf parsley provide a...
    £34.99
  • Westward Farm Tanglewood Pink Gin 70cl
    Westward Farm produced this gin when they teamed up with The Tanglewood Kitchen company and made this fantastic pink gin. It is coloured as it would have traditionally with Angostura Bitters rather than artificially, Pink gin's history comes from the Royal Navy in the 1800s ...
    £41.90
  • Westward Farm Scilly Gin 40% 35cl
    This gin contains botanicals from far flung locales such as Java and Africa but also ones grown on Westward Farm; however, they are remaining tight lipped about exactly what botanicals these are! These mystery botanicals are vapour infused with pure grain spirit in ...
    £22.00
  • Westward Farm Rose Geranium Cornish Gin 40% 35cl
    So we have another Cornish gin gracing our shelves (and website) with its presence. How many is that now? It's certainly getting harder to keep count as a new one seems to appear every few months! This one, or should I say three to be exact, are very different though as they hail from...
    £22.00
  • Westward Farm Wild Wingletang Cornish Gin 40% 35cl
    Surely up for an award for the funniest named gin of all time, Wingletang Gin is named after the gorse that is found on the Wingletang Downs on St. Agnes. Westward Farm's aim here is to capture the essence of the gorse, it's aroma on a sunny day strolling over the Downs. This means they purpor...
    £22.00
  • 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 gin...
    £36.00
  • Hendricks Midsummer Solstice Gin 43.4% 70cl
    Hendricks Midsummer Solstice Gin is laced with floral notes, you sure know its Hendrick's. A limited edition inspired by natures most vivid blooms on the Midsummer Solstice. Limited by nature this gin is limited in numbers and is a very small batch.Blissful with tonic over ice and a sli...
    £36.50
  • Porters Tropical Old Tom Gin
    The Aberdeen distillers Porter's have released this tropical Old Tom gin and wow its delicious. This Old Tom stays true to the classic combination of sweetened gin and exotic botanicals, while using modern methods to extract more refined flavours. A classic juniper base is what this&...
    £35.60
  • 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
  • Penzance Bathtub Gin 38% 35cl
    Penzance Bathtub Gin from Penzance Cornwall is a compound gin and joins the Cornish producers early 2019. From concept to making this gin is made by 3 ladies who are all friends and live in the village of Gulval.The Art Deco era produced bathtub gin and ico...
    £23.50
  • Penzance Bathtub Gin 38% 70cl
    Penzance Bathtub Gin from Penzance Cornwall is a compound gin and joins the Cornish producers early 2019. From concept to making this gin is made by 3 ladies who are all friends and live in the village of Gulval.The Art Deco era produced bathtub gin and ico...
    £36.50
  • Tarquin's Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin 70cl
    Tarquin's Rhubarb and Raspberry gin is ideal whether you're relaxing in the sun or partying under the full moon. The gin is distilled in the same fashion as Tarquin's Original Dry but is then infused with fresh rhubarb and raspberries to really make it pop.
    £37.99
  • Quick Gin 40.5% 70cl
    Quick Gin first introduced as an online exclusive to us at Drinkfinder and the first product from Quick Liquids, an up and coming drinks manufacturer headed up by Spoken Bar in Exmouth which has been officially recognised as the best spirits bar in the country with a thousand product...
    £24.75
  • Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin 42% 70cl
    Wicked Wolf Exmoor Gin is a small batch artisan gin made in the wilds of Exm...
    £36.30
  • The Wrecking Coast Cornish Gin 44.3% 70cl
    The Wrecking Coast Gin uses Cornish clotted cream in its distillation process which is very unusual to say the least!. Smooth and velvety rich, it's handcrafted in small batches with slight variations in strength from batch to batch. The gin
    £35.49
  • Brockmans Premium Gin 40% 70cl
    Brockmans Gin stands apart from many other gins due to the fact that the freshly grown botanicals are steeped in the grain base spirit for a long time before distillation in a traditional copper pot still that's over one hundred years old. This means that the natural oils will r...
    £31.00
  • Tarquins Hand Crafted Cornish Dry Gin 42% 70cl
    The first gin to be distilled in Cornwall for over 100 years, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a contemporary take on the classic London Dry. 12 hand selected botanicals are used in its production, with Devon violets and fresh citrus zest dominating this li...
    £29.99
  • Colombo London Dry Gin 43.1% 70cl
    Based on an 70 years old recipe which was created in ceylon by a young asian distiller during the war using botanicals which could be easily sourced locally from Colombos cinnamon gardens. This is a London Dry Gin which contains Juniper, Coriander seeds, Angelica, liquorice root, cinnamon bark, c...
    £25.99
  • Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla Gin 41.3% 70cl
    Tanqueray Gin has been a staple of gin lovers for many moons. The latest edition to the range, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, is going to be equally popular with gin drinkers in the sun. Made with Seville Oranges and orange blossom, it takes inspiration from Charles Tanqueray's original formu...
    £29.99
  • Portobello Road Gin No.171 London Dry Gin 42% 70cl
    On the front of the palate Portobello Road Gin has a generous slug of juniper, the mid palate has a sustained, fresh citrus character from their use of lemon, bitter orange and coriander, which then develops into a sweet peppery finish, which is achieved by the use of liquorice and nutmeg.
    £23.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin The Seadog 57% 70cl
    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...
    £41.45
  • 5th Gin Red Fruits Fire 42% 70cl
    Notes to follow...
    £31.99
  • Sharish Blue Magic Gin 40% 50cl
    Sharish Blue Magic gin turns from blue to a lovely soft pink colour when tonic, or a citrus based liquid, is added. All of this is achieved without the need to use artificial colouring due to one of the botanicals. Clitoria Ternatea, a flower better known as Blue Pea, gives the gin its blue co...
    £38.25
  • Salcombe Gin Start Point 44% 70cl
    Salcombe Gin Start Point was awarded Best Premium Gin at the World Drinks Awards 2017. Made by friends Angus and Howard, who were previously sailing instructors together, this ultra smooth gin is hand made in small batches using a combination of thirteen botanicals before being blended with be...
    £39.95
  • Exeter Gin 44% 70cl
    An online exclusive to Drinkfinder, Exeter's own premium gin made in small batches and produced in a traditional copper still. This robust yet smooth gin celebrates Exeter's Roman heritage and occupation between circa AD55 and AD380, ISCA Dumnoniorium describing flowing water in reference to t...
    £35.99
  • Old Raj Gin 46% vol Cadenheads 70cl
    Cadenhead'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 personally by the Company Ch...
    £25.99
  • Tarquins Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin 42% 35cl
    The first gin to be distilled in Cornwall for over 100 years, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a contemporary take on the classic London Dry. 12 hand selected botanicals are used in its production, with Devon violets and fresh citrus zest dominating this li...
    £17.65
  • Elemental Cornish Gin Small Batch 42% 70cl
    Elemental Cornish Gin is produced in small batches, handcrafted in a traditional copper still using locally sourced Cornish spring water and a closely guarded list of twelve of the finest botanicals sourced from around the world. Pronounced juniper and spicy notes dominate this gin. Th...
    £34.00
  • Martin Millers London Dry Gin 40%
    A gin of super premium quality and authentic character, the delicious, clean taste of Millers reformed london Dry Gin will always refresh and invigorate. Born out of Love, Obsession and A Degree of Madness! Martin Miller's Gin has become one of the world's most loved and awarded gins. Love- Marti...
    £26.99
  • The Wrecking Coast Cornish Gin 44.3% 35cl
    The Wrecking Coast Gin uses Cornish clotted cream in its distillation process which is very unusual to say the least!. Smooth and velvety rich, it's handcrafted in small batches with slight variations in strength from batch to batch. The
    £23.50
  • Mombasa Club Strawberry Edition 37.5% 70cl
    Mombasa Club Gin is inspired by the eponymous private social club on the island of Zanzibar, which imported gin from England for consumption by its members. With this edition they have provided us a more fruitful edition which is infused with strawberries after triple distilling this Gin.
    £35.75
  • Westward Farm Rose Geranium Cornish Gin 40% 70cl
    So we have another Cornish gin gracing our shelves (and website) with its presence. How many is that now? It's certainly getting harder to keep count as a new one seems to appear every few months! This one, ...
    £38.99
  • 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...
    £43.00
  • 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
  • Brokers London Dry Gin 40%
    Made with THE FINEST herbs, spices and fruit IMPORTED FROM THREE CONTINENTS, Broker's Gin is SPECIALLY BLENDED TO BE DRY...not unlike the British sense of humour. The rich mixture of natural ingredients, each carefully selected, produces a drink of OUTSTANDING flavour and freshness. BROK...
    £21.35
  • 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
  • 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...
    £31.00
  • 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...

    Regular Price: £46.00

    Special Price £37.99

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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.