Distilled and bottled in Clapham, London, SW4 is a London Dry Gin designed to go well with tonic. Heavy on the juniper and backed up with traditional botanicals, this is a solid entry in the increasingly busy gin market.
A special edition Beefeater, launched for Summer 2010, this has been flavoured with elderflower, blackcurrant and hibiscus and is particularly recommended with cranberrry juice or with soda and grapefruit juice. The perfect gin for a picnic, barbeque or summer garden party.
A cult gin from Mahon in Menorca, Xoriguer is one of the only gins in the world (alongside Plymouth) to have a geographical indication, Gin de Menorca. Gin has been made on Menorca since the 18th century British occupation and Xoriguer commands a devoted following of happy travellers. Unusually, Xoriguer is made in wood-fired potstills from distilled wine (eau-de-vie) rather than the more usual grain-based distillate, and is rested in oak barrels before bottling.
A modern super premium gin from Norfolk wheat, Welsh water and 12 botanicals: Chinese dragon eye, Turkish white poppy seeds, Italian juniper, Moroccan coriander, German angelica, Spanish lemon, Chinese liquorice, Italian orris, Spanish almonds, Asian cassia, French lavender and Asian lotus leaves.
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.
Jensen’s has been designed to replicate the old-style London gins from the heyday of the gin cocktail and is one of the only small-batch London Dry gins actually produced in London. Bursting with juniper flavour, with a luscious texture and aromatic bite, Jensen’s is a taste of what London Dry used to be. A revelatory mixing gin.
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.
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.
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 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.