Gin is more popular now than it’s been for more than decade but with so many brands to choose from how can anyone know which is the best?
From traditionally distilled spirits to big name brands such as Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire- we’ll be walking you through the best and the worst of Mother’s Ruin.
If you like to shop local, the city is lucky enough to have the Cambridge Gin Distillery with a showroom in Grantchester and a laboratory in Green Street, Cambridge.
The company recently launched the most Cambridge gin ever made with botanicals from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. It even uses apples from a tree said to be descended from Isaac Newton’s own.
The county also boasts the Ely Gin Company, which specialises in flavoured gins and vodkas.
The guide below will help you make an informed decision about which national brand to buy for the gin lover in your life.
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Ultimate guide to gins 2018
1. Brockmans Gin
First up on our list is Brockmans Gin. One of the most popular on the market and from Scotland.
It stands out from the crowd with a unique blend of botanicals, including Bulgarian coriander and juniper berries from Tucany. Not to mention the patient distillation process, where Brockmans is distilled in a 100-year-old copper still.
You can buy now from Amazon and check the glowing reviews.
2. The King of Soho
The King of Soho is a London Dry Gin crafted with 12 botanicals to create an amazing full-bodied taste, according to Mirror Online. It’s one of our favourites on the list and has gone from a relative unknown, to a highly praised competitor to the major gin brands.
Distilled in the heart of London, The King of Soho uses traditional methods to produce its unique flavour and created as a tribute to the Original King of Soho, Paul Raymond. You can read more about the company and the distilling process on King of Soho website .
3. Monkey 47
Created by Schwarzwald from the Black Forest in Germany, this gin is named partly due to the 47 botanicals in the ingredients. We’re still unsure about the Monkey part of the name, and if anyone knows please comment below.
It has won awards at the World Spirit Awards and is getting rave reviews on thewhiskeyexchange.com with some saying that it’s ‘one of the best gins around’.
Launched in Scotland in 1999, Hendrick’s Gin has quickly become one of the best on the market. It has won multiple awards, such as two double golds at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and has received above average scores from the Beverage Testing Institute.
It’s not just awards either, Hendrick’s Gin has thousands of positive reviews across various websites, proving it to be worthy of our list.
For such a good gin, the price tag of roughly £28 is a bargain and can be bought from Waitrose .
5. Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin
Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin is made using the traditional method of cold compounding. It infuses a range of botanicals, including coriander and cassia, in a copper pot-still, creating the extraordinary flavour.
It takes the name Bathtub Gin from the early days of gin making when the drink was often topped up with water from a bathtub tap.
Buy now from Morrisons for £30.
6. Brecon Special Reserve
Brecon Special Reserve is one of the less expensive drinks on the list at roughly £18 on Amazon .
With hundreds of positive reviews and a Gold Best in Class in the International Wines and Spirits competition 2011, there’s no denying that you get a great taste for a great price.
7. Warner Edwards
Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin is the first on our list with a specific flavour.
Made from rhubarb originally grown in the Buckingham Palace kitchen garden, this gin uses a traditional fruit press to extract the juice. Blended with Harrington Dry Gin to create the amazing pink, it’s both sweet and tangy, making for a refreshing taste.
8. Whitley Neill
The Whitley Neill Handcrafted English gin is the Amazon best seller and another rhubarb gin, but this time with ginger.
9. Bombay Sapphire
One of the most popular gins on the market, Bombay Sapphire is a premium London Dry gin and differs itself from others on the list due to the distillation process, called Vapour Infusion.
Some gin companies are known to ‘boil’ the botanicals with the spirit. Bombay Sapphire distills its spirit alone, releasing vapour which then passes through a copper basket, containing the botanicals.
But enough of the science behind it. You can get yourself a bottle from ASDA for £20 .
10. Tanqueray No. Ten
Named after the stills with which it was made, Tanqueray No. Ten has an exquisite taste, though a little stronger than others on the list, with an abundance of botanical falvours.
Originally made in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray, the timeless recipe is still used today and set the bar high for premium gin.
Currently the only gin in the San Francisco Spirits Hall of fame, it can be bought for £31.75 on thewhiskeyexchange.com
Jawbox Gin is one of the newer brands on the list, having only launched in 2016. Since then they’ve been building a cult following and receiving great reviews along the way.
Inspired by the industrial era of Irish history, Jawbox has an impressive blend of Juniper and Pine, balanced with sweet coriander.
For the Perfect Swerve, pour 50ml Jawbox Gin into an ice-filled glass, top up with premium Ginger Ale and garnish with squeeze and a wedge of zesty lime.
12. Edinburgh Gin
Flavoured gin has been a rising trend this year with distillers like Edinburgh Gin combining the botanical spirits with new fruity flavours for a sweet tasting and pretty-looking drink. They are best served neat over ice or added to Prosecco for a sparkling cocktail.
On offer at Waitrose for £35, you can buy an Edinburgh Gin trio gift set which includes Elderflower, Raspberry and Rhubarb & Ginger liquers. Perfect for a Christmas gift or to stock up your shelves for festive parties.
Langley’s are labelled as being quintessentially English with a taste for daring and originality. And who are we to argue?
It has a great smooth taste and an almost perfect balance of botanicals. With positive reviews across the net and rarely a bad word, Langley’s is one of the best around for gin lovers.
Tarquin’s dry Gin is highly respected with over 100 reviews on Amazon and an overall 5 star rating.
Handcrafted in a copper pot still, called Tamara, the Southwestern Distillery create an award winning Gin, also one of Cornwall’s first for over a century.
15. Old Curiosity
The Old Curiosity Distillery is the latest venture from Steve Ross and Hamish Martin, renowned Scottish herbalist and owner of the Secret Herb Garden, an enchanting 7.5-acre paradise nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
16. Kyrö Napue
An all-rye distillery that works exclusively with the grain to produce a range of gins and now single malt whiskies, which are of limited production until late 2019. Kyrö Distillery creates a beautiful and impressively mature, understated gin, that’s reminiscent of classic styles.
17. Gin Mare
Distilled in Spain incorporating olives, thyme, rosemary and basil, this is a savoury gin that is delicious with Mediterranean meals.
Garnish with rosemary, orange peel or basil.
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