Having been out of fashion for so many years, gin is making a successful come-back on the cocktail circuit. Various innovative brands are now offering a new angle on gin's traditional flavour profile. Meanwhile, a host of new cocktails means there are far more ways to enjoy gin, beyond the ubiquitous gin and tonic. Read More »
Boodles British Gin was named after the London gentleman's club of the same name. Made in Warrington, it contains nine botanicals. These are juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, angelica seed, cassia bark, caraway, nutmeg, rosemary and sage. This has less overt juniper notes than some other gins, but still makes a fantastic G&T.
A gin modelled after that served in Gin Palaces back in the mid-19th century. Back in those pre-bottle days the gin would have been stored behind the bar in barrels, ready for tots to be poured, and this recreation has been 'rested' for 3-4 weeks in refill casks to give it a little bit of wood treatment. The result is a lightly coloured gin with a slightly mellower flavour than the regular Hayman's.
A Scottish gin, named for Mary Queen of Scots's husband Lord Darnley and produced by the Wemyss family of Ediburgh. Simply constructed from six botanicals for a well-flavoured London Dry style gin. IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Gin
The fad for naming new gins after numbers continues (cf No.3, No. 209, Beefeater 24 and Fifty Pounds), with this latest arrival from Bramley & Gage, makers of particularly fine English liqueurs. 6 O'Clock uses only six botanicals in addition to the mandatory juniper, including orange peel and elderflower.
An elegant redesign of Plymouth, matching up their much respected and geographically protected gin with an old school chunky bottle and their traditional branding. A must have for any home cocktail bar or lovers of a gin and tonic.
Darnley's View has been named to celebrate the first sighting of Lord Darnley by Mary Queen of Scots. Darnley's View is a small batch London Dry Gin. The spiced version, as the name may imply, is made with a blend of spicy botanicals to bring a warming touch to its already amazing character. World Drinks Awards 2014: World's Best Contemporary Gin
A classically styled Dry gin produced in the Netherlands and named to honour Sir Hans Sloane, a 17th/18th century botanist who they credit with introducing many of the current gin botanicals to the spirits industry.
Tanqueray is one of our favourite gins, so any special variant is something to be happy about. This is brilliant stuff, flavoured with Rangpur limes - a zesty and very juicy Indian variety. The results are lip-smackingly delicious.
A really tremendous new gin made, unusually, by a whisky producer - Caorunn (pronounced 'ka-roon') hails from Balmenach distillery in Speyside and is flavoured with Scottish botanicals including rowan berry, heather, dandelion and coul blush apple.
Brandon's Gin is made in small batches in a copper pot still. Interestingly it uses the vapour infusion technique, where the botanicals are placed in a perforated basket and the spirit vapours are passed through during distillation. This is made at Rock Town, Arkansas' first legal distillery since prohibition.
Edinburgh Gin is produced by the Spencerfield Spirits Co., who have created a modern Scottish gin in the time-honoured fashion, including unusual botanicals such as heather and milk thistle. A very easy-drinking gin, this could be a winner.
A premium London Dry gin from Greenall's, Bloom is, unsurprisingly considering the name, a floral gin flavoured with the likes of chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo. Bloom has blossomed already (sorry), winning a Platinum Medal at the 2010 World Spirits Competition.