With World Gin Day just around the corner (June 9), there’s no better time to be adventurous with this much beloved spirit.
Here are some of the best gins out there…
Produced in the heart of New York using hand-cracked juniper and fresh citrus peels, Brooklyn Gin is one of the most renowned gins in the US. The small-batch company has won several awards and it takes them three days to produce 300 bottles of fine spirit by hand. With hints of lavender, this gin is good to drink with just a wedge of lime. You can find it at Marks & Spencer, priced £37.
2. No. 209 Gin
Representing the West Coast and San Francisco, No. 209 distillery offers a selection of premium, handcrafted spirits. Produced meticulously in the only distillery in the world built over water, this gin offers various flavours including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrel aged gin. It’s also the only company to produce a certified for Kosher-for-Passover gin. Grab a bottle from Amazon, priced £37.25.
Coming all the way from the Southern Alps in New Zealand, Scapegrace gin is a fine choice for modern-day gin connoisseurs. Created with 12 botanicals and water sourced from the foothills of the mountains, Scapegrace is intensely aromatic with fragrant juniper, fresh orange peel and warming spice. It is best served with ice and tonic, garnished with an orange wheel and a sprig of thyme. It’s available from Majestic Wines priced £37.80.
4. Rock Rose
Hailing from the northernmost coast of Scotland, Rock Rose Gin relies on flavours foraged from the Caithness countryside. Each seasonal batch is different, depending on what the team can source – from blaeberries to gorse flowers – and the gin comes in lovely ceramic bottles (£37.50 a pop).
This gin dates back to the Victorian times. Langley’s Old Tom is distilled in the West Midlands, is based on a recipe from 1891 and brings together eight botanicals. It is spicy, with hints of citrus, grapefruit and juniper and is best served with a splash of tonic, a sprig of rosemary and a handful of blueberries. Get it from Ocado for £25.
Named after the Japanese word for the number six, Roku gin is distilled in Japan with six unique to the country botanicals – cherry blossom and cherry leaf, green tea, refined green tea, sansho pepper and yuzu peel. It tastes clean and fresh, with a spicy pepper ending. It is best served with tonic and a lemon wedge and is available from Waitrose for £30.
This award-winning artisan gin brand hails from Yorkshire. Made with local botanicals and water from Harrogate's famous aquifer, their range include London Dry, Navy Strength and Rhubarb. You can pick up a bottle of the Rhubarb flavour for £44 from John Lewis.