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 traditional distilled London gin from Langley's, focusing on a dryer and more focused flavour than many modern releases. Using classic botanicals it is distilled at their distillery in the West Midlands. The 'No.8' comes from the final 41.7% version being the 8th that they tried - their perfect balance of botanical flavour.
A London dry style gin distilled at the Hernö Brenneri on the east coast of Sweden. They use a homemade wheat spirit as the base and steep their 8 botanicals for 18 hours before distilling in a 250 litre copper still (called Kierstin), hand labelling and bottling at 40.5% abv.
An impressive-looking premium gin from famous wine & spirits merchants Berry Bros & Rudd, No. 3 London Dry is distilled in copper potstills in Holland, counts cardamom seeds and grapefruit peel among its botanicals, and has been bottled at an invigorating 46%.
An unusual gin from Bruichladdich's 'Ugly Betty' Lomond still, Botanist contains no fewer than 31 botanicals, of which 22 are native to Islay itself, including Mugwort, Meadow Sweet and the enigmatic Lady's Bedstraw flowers.
The first product from The London Distillery Company, which was founded with the aim of becoming the capital's first whisky distillery in over 100 years. It's named for Ralph Dodd, an entrepreneur in the early 19th century who founded a similarly named but ill-fated distillery, and was first produced in early 2013 using a mixture of pot and vacuum distilled spirits.
A curious gin from the Black Forest in Germany. Made with 47(?!) botanicals and bottled at 47%, they also use a 'secret weapon typical to the Black Forest' in the mix - cranberries. IWSC 2011 Gold Medal Winner - Best in Class
Another arrival from the US, where specialist gins made in micro-distilleries across the country have really invigorated what was a previously a fairly moribund category. Death's Door is made with organic red winter wheat on Washington Island in Wisconsin, and has been bottled at a higher than usual strength, so use a bit less or add more tonic.