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 »
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.
A 50cl bottle of 5yo jenever from Dutch distiller Zuidam, made in the old-fashioned zeer oude style. A combination of malted barley, rye and corn is triple distilled and added to botanicals including liquorice root and aniseed. This is produced in small batches, each of which is from a single barrel.
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 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.
A superb, and utterly unique, pink-tinged gin from William Grant's. Infused with rose petals and cucumber as well as the normal botanicals, this is a must for all gin-lovers. San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010: Double Gold Medal
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.
Boxer Gin is a wheat based gin which uniquely steam distils the juniper berries in the Himalayas to extract more flavour. The other botanicals are bergamot, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, angelica, sweet lemon, orris root, liquorice root, sweet Seville oranges and cassia bark. The luxurious texture lends it to be a fantastic martini gin.
A high-strength (47%) gin quadruple-distilled in London by master distiller Charles Maxwell, The London Gin has a variety of traditional botanicals inlcuding cinnamon, orange root and angelica alongside less traditional ingredients like gardenia & bergamot, which explains its distinct aromas of Earl Grey Tea.
A navy strength strength gin from Hayman's, the ancestors of Beefeater's founder, James Burrough, bottles at the old UK 100 proof (57% ABV) where gunpowder would still ignite even if wetted with the spirit.