Top 10 British gins to try before you die..
There are SO many gins out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming when you stand at the bar and order a G&T and the barman turns and asks you what gin you’d like…he points at a whole back bar stacked full of GIN! This shouldn’t be a mad moment of panic where you feel so under pressure that you end up going for the closest bottle or the one you vaguely recognise or stands out on the shelf! This should be your time to shine and impress Mr Bartender with your Gin knowledge…so let’s start with some top British Gins.
Tarquins Gin, Cornwall
With Craft distilling moving from urban hubs and out into the countryside within the UK – Tarquin’s Gin isn’t just representative of a burgeoning movement, it’s one of the leading lights within it.
To taste, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a well-balanced gin with all the classic botanicals coming through, the juniper is prevalent – as it should be, but a strong lemony coriander reminds us of a deep pine forest on a hot summer stroll – earthy notes and warm orange blossom faintly come in.
Liverpool gin, Liverpool
Liverpool Gin is a premium organic product made from scratch using only the purest certified organic botanicals, producing a distinctly aromatic drink. Organic!?…it must be good for us!
Top three garnishes for your Liverpool G&T
2. Orange and mint Leaves
3. Star Anise with orange
Burleighs London Dry, Leicestershire
Master Distiller Jamie Baxter used Burleigh wood in Leicestershire for his inspiration with this gin. Whilst walking in the woods he came across many of the botanicals that now go into making this gin: silver birch, dandelion, burdock, iris and elderberries all join the juniper to produce a extremely British gin.
Portobello Road Gin, London
Once created above west London pub – the Portobello Star and is now made at the Thames Distillery. However, despite its local roots, Portobello Road features botanicals sourced from as far as Italy, Spain, Africa, America and Asia.
It’s zesty juniper, citrus and coriander flavours, makes this gin great for a cocktail as well as a classic G&T.
Anno Dry Gin, Kent
The Anno Distillery harness many of Kent’s signature flavours in their gin. Hops, lavender, rose hips, elderflower, chamomile and samphire from Romney Marsh are among the botanicals added to make this gin unique to its location.
A very smooth gin which is best drunk ice cold straight from the freezer.
Jensen’s Gin, Bermondsey
Jensen’s have created a finely balanced gin that honoured London’s forgotten gin recipes distilled in Bermondsey, London, Jensen’s is gin as it was. Gin as it should be. Their Bermondsey Dry gin is a recreation of a classic, old-fashioned London Dry style. Smooth and rounded, with delicate floral and citrus notes it is an essential gin for a Dry Martini.
Slingsby Gin, Harrogate
Harrogate based business that does things differently, thinks differently and has a different vision to others. For hundreds of years, discerning individuals have visited the picturesque Yorkshire town to restore body, mind and soul by relaxing, indulging and socialising. So Slingsby have sought to capture the spirit of Harrogate, alongside this picturesque town, and deliver it in a beautiful gin bottle.
Using 24 carefully selected botanicals sourced both locally and woldwide, 17 of which are locally supplied by Taylors of Harrogate and Rudding Park kitchen garden include, green and jasmine tea, severn sea rosemary, citrus thyme, rhubarb, sage and nettle to name just a few.
Serve: Straight up or in a G&T with a pink grapefruit twist and blueberries to garnish.
Curious by nature and Curio by name! This Cornwall based gin includes age-old ingredients such as rock samphire and cardamom to create tipples that are curiously attractive and extremely flavoursome.
They use only pure natural spring water from the Cornish Spring Water Company and work with local suppliers whenever possible.
Dare you to be curious and try this gin!
Sipsmith V.J.O.P, London
Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin is found behind all the best bars and their super strength V.J.O.P (Very Junipery Over Proof) edition we hope will be joining it. It’s a whopping 57.7% alcohol so you’ll certainly be getting your money’s worth of boozy goodness! This powerhouse of a gin has a big hit of juniper upfront with rich spice and notes of dark chocolate behind it.
Based in Chiswick, this beautiful brand does fantastic tours of their distillery…well worth a visit.
Serve in your G&T with with a sprig of mint.
Conker Spirit, Dorset
A unique and intricate gin of ten botanicals, balancing juniper and casia spice with the fresh Dorset notes of elberberries, samphire and handpicked gorse flowers.
The Dorset Dry Gin is refreshing and smooth. Absolutely delicious straight over ice – no fuss, just top-notch small batch gin distilled in Dorset from British wheat spirit and New Forest Spring Water.