UK pubs are reportedly closing by the dozen each week, but there’s a hidden secret weapon in their boozy arsenal. Along with craft beer, gin is taking the beverage industry by storm, and the success of the various craft types popping up in the taverns across the is slowly spilling into the supermarkets, and old mother’s ruin is slowly becoming father’s delight as our go-to short. Here, we look at 7 of the best gins to seek out and soak up.
Salcombe Start Point London Dry Gin – £36.40, Amazon
Hailing from Devon is the aptly-named Salcombe Start Point London Dry Gin. Its aroma is full of fresh citrus and piney juniper, with warm spicy notes from cinnamon and coriander seed. Best enjoyed with a twist of ruby lemonade, along with your tonic of choice, Salcombe is one to add to your shopping list as the evenings start to warm up.
Brockmans Premium Gin – £34, Marks & Spencer
Brockmans is a fully independent gin with a huge following across over 30 countries. The company was founded by Neil Everitt and Bob Fowes who, along with two other friends set out to create a beverage with on purpose: “To create a gin so smooth and sensual, you would want to drink it neat over ice”. Trust us, we’ve tried it, and although you can wash it down with a tonic have it as an ingredient in a cocktail, it certainly does go down nicely purely on the rocks.
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King Of Soho – £28, Asda
Produced as a tribute to entertainment and property tycoon, the King of Soho Paul Raymond, this delicious gin has a stunning bottle design containing a drink with a delicate combination of sweetness, citrus, and earthiness, along with a hint of grapefruit bitterness. If the spirit of London’s Soho can be captured in a bottle, then this certainly is it.
Stratford Gin – Shakespeare Distillery – £33.95, Master of Malt
Hailing from Shakespeare’s own Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stratford Gin is made with the ‘London Dry’ method of production, meaning nothing can be added to the gin other than the flavours imparted during distillation. The result is a fine finished product best enjoyed over ice, one-third gin and two-thirds tonic. Be warned though, as this beauty clocks in at a whopping 45% proof.
Langley’s No. 8 – £30, Morrisons
Langley’s No. 8 is a distilled London Dry Gin, so called because in its eighth incarnation the founders felt the strength, smoothness and flavours from the 41.7% proof struck the perfect balance. The gin which is distilled a single time in an English-made pot still is made of 100% English grain spirit and classic gin botanicals from indigenous regions including angelica root, ground nutmeg, cassia bark, and cloves.
It is great to enjoy as part of the iconic Dry Martini cocktail or with its unique Grapefruit & Basil (G&B) serve: Langley’s No. 8, slices of fresh pink grapefruit and Indian tonic water topped with a sprig of basil to increase aromas. Lovely and smooth and great for any gin-lovers.
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Rock Rose Gin – £35, Sainsbury’s
From the Dunnet Bay Distillers in Scotland comes this well-regarded gin which was crafted following 55 experiments by creators Martin & Claire, the final recipe chosen to give a wee taste of Caithness – the historic county from which it hails, at the very top of the Highlands.
Martin Miller’s Westbourne Gin – £26, Waitrose
Another London gin that hails from our capital city, this time Chelsea. It’s also another strong one, coming in at 45.2%, and very often comes in at the top of the must-try spirits lists. It’s branded as ‘Romance & Adventure in a Glass’, and once you’ve tasted it, it’s easy to see why. This famous brand was also voted the ‘World’s Best Gin’ by The Drinks Report in 2016, an award very well-deserved.