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Gin is truly the in vogue spirit of the moment. Any self-respecting cocktail bar in the world will have a fine array of gins on the gantry. This spirit tends to offer a depth and complexity that other white spirits cannot offer and for that reason is the perfect basis for dozens of cocktails as well as being superb with quality tonic and a wedge of fruit.
Gin is a derivative of the Dutch drink Jenever (meaning Juniper). Traditionally, Jenever was made from the distillation of Dutch malt wine resulting in a harsh, roughly 50% ABV spirit. To make it more palatable, the abundant and supposedly medicinal Juniper berries were added. Gin is based on this method of production however many botanicals are generally added before the spirit is re-distilled. The decision of which botanicals to use is very important in the production process of individual distillers as this plays a major role in the creation of a unique flavour for that particular gin (however the predominant botanical is still the juniper berry). The popularity of this style of drink rose in Britain during the tail-end of the 17th century when William of Orange occupied the British throne.
Gin - 70cl / 42%
Pickering's is Edinburgh's first gin distillery for over 150 years, they've been a long time coming but we think they're worth the wait! Fresh, light and bold flavours of citrus and juniper give way to intense warming spice of cardamom, coriander seed and clove.
Gin - 70cl / 37.5%
Gordon's is one of the world's most popular gins and why shouldn't it be? Gordon Ramsay seems to love it...I'm not going to argue with him.
Gin - 70cl / 26%
Gordon's Sloe Gin Liqueur is a wonderful drink summer or winter. Add tonic and have it long as a refreshing cooler or enjoy it short as a winter warmer!
Gin - 70cl / 41.3%
A slightly more unusual offering from Tanqueray, originally released in 2006. Rangpur takes its name from the Rangpur limes that are used to flavour it along with ginger and bay leaves.
Gin - 70cl / 47.3%
Charles Tanqueray started distilling in 1830 and today the company aims to continue his legacy of excellence. No. 10 was released in 2000 and is distilled four times, making it smoother and a better base for cocktails than than its cheaper brother.
Gin - 70cl / 41.4%
A handcrafted gin containing traditional botanicals such as juniper, coriander and citrus peel with the added ooomph of cucumber and rose petals. It's a a very popular gin and is excellent when served with a slice of cucumber and Fentiman's tonic.
Gin - 70cl / 40%
Distilled in England from Neutral Grain spirit and infused with exquisite botanicals. Brockmans is an incredibly smooth and fruity gin with strong berry notes. For something a bit different, try it with Ginger Ale rather than Tonic water.
Gin - 50cl / 20%
The Elderflower infusion is made from the award winning Edinburgh Gin, infused with the delicate Elderflower so invocotive of a British Summer drink and a little pure cane sugar, resulting in an aromatic flavoured Gin.