There is nothing quite like a cool, crisp G&T to refresh the palate on a warm summer’s day and with the rise of many independent producers, along with the well-established household names the choice of different botanical blends is superb. We’ve done the hard work and found some great new premium pours for you to sample this summer. So, get your mixers at the ready and read on to be ‘gin-spired’ by some of our favourite glorious gins.
Cotswolds Dry Gin
Cotswolds Dry Gin is a delectable blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, including lavender from here in the Cotswolds and freshly-peeled pink grapefruit and lime zest. We use over 10 times the amount of botanicals and do not chill filter their gin, which causes a beautiful pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added, known as The Cloudy G&T.
This award winning classical style Scottish Dry Gin is distilled with a few traditional gin botanicals and some more unusual ingredients (such as cassia bark, Malabar cardamom, pink peppercorns and lemongrass). Starting with robust notes of juniper smoothly moving to a zingy citrus mid body, finishing nicely dry, with a note of spiced vanilla.
Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin
Jaisalmer is the first Indian craft gin and is named after the glorious and breathtaking city. The gin pays homage to the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis. The gin is a triple-distilled neutral grain spirit, re-distilled in a traditional copper pot stills at a distillery based in the foothills of the Himalayas. The drink retains the classic gin flavour of juniper berries but with a refreshing twist coming from a wonderful blend of hand-picked Indian botanicals.
Set up by Rupert Holloway in April 2015, Conker was Dorset’s first gin distillery that has now sold over 200,000 bottles around the UK. Conker embodies the spirit of Dorset, blending British wheat spirit and New Forest Spring Water with botanicals that can be found across the Dorset coast and New Forest. Passionate foragers, distillers and bottlers, the company handcrafts its spirits in small batches to ensure no shortcuts or compromises are taken when it comes to the craft processes, the ingredients and the final quality.
Full of fresh, herbaceous tones, a distinctive, savoury Italian flavour and presented in a unique, eye- catching bottle, O’ndina Gin is a perfect gift for Gin lovers. The notes of fresh Grande Verde de Genova basil, sourced from Liguria and famed for its sweetness and vibrant colour, take you right to the sea. Bright notes of juniper then make way for a bouquet of Italian herbs; marjoram, fennel, sage, citrus, orris and liquorice.
6 O’clock Gin
Strikingly Smooth 6 O’clock Gin London Dry has a clean flavour led by Juniper. Try it with your favourite premium tonic to create your own moment of “ginspiration”. The smoothness flows from our custom-built copper still with its unique double sphere head, together with the careful selection of our botanicals and our distiller’s craft. Only the pure heart of each run makes the cut.