Food & Drink Lifestyle

Best Gins

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 premium pours for you to sample. So, get your mixers at the ready and read on to be ‘gin-spired’ by some of our favourite glorious gins.

Cambridge Distillery Truffle Gin

Cambridge’s Truffle Gin is the first digestif gin made using white Piedmont truffle from Alba in Piedmont. Complex and decadent, it is a bold and surprising gin. And with its extremely long, expressive finish and unique rewarding taste, Truffle Gin is a fitting accompaniment to the finest of dining. Truffle Gin is the perfect gift for the drinks connoisseur, an impressive tipple for those who love to entertain, or for those seeking a personal treat, to be served after a meal. Drink it neat on ice, or in a Truffle Negron.

cambridgedistillery.co.uk

Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie

Inspired by the coastal vitality of Salcombe and its shipbuilding heritage, Salcombe Distilling Co. creates exceptional gin at its waterside distillery on Island Street, Salcombe. Live life in colour, with their exceptional dry rosé gin ‘Rosé Sainte Marie’. Distilled and crafted using the finest Macedonian juniper berries to provide structure in the background, partnered with a natural, but not overpowering soft sweetness from strawberries and angelica. Fresh citrus peels of lemon and orange which are hand peeled each day prior to distillation and combined with ten further hand sourced botanicals including lemon verbena, rose petals, orange blossom and pink peppercorns are combined to create this truly exceptional gin that is elegantly soft and smooth.

www.salcombegin.com

Mermaids Pink Gin

Aromatic and refreshing, Mermaid Pink Gin infuses the flavour of fresh Island strawberries with the smooth yet complex taste of our award-winning Mermaid Gin, a blend of lemon zest, grains of paradise and fragrant rock samphire. Perfectly balanced, subtle yet vibrant, less sweet than most pink gins with no added sugar.

www.johnlewis.com

Hernö Old Tom Gin

From the Swedish Hernö distillers comes a sweet, lip-smacking Old Tom Gin. Made from the same distilled gin as its Hernö Gin and Hernö Navy Strength Gin, the only difference is the addition of extra Meadowsweet in the distillation, and after diluting it down to 43%, a touch of honey is added. The sweetening lifts the floral notes, releases an array of juniper and makes it even smoother.

www.masterofmalt.com

Eight Lands Gin

Eight Lands Organic Speyside Gin is a fresh, bold, juniper and citrus-led London Dry gin which is complemented by locally foraged cowberries and wood sorrel from the family’s organic estate. Sorrel provides a citrus element, complementing the fresh lime and fresh lemon peel alongside the tart berries that bring a touch of fruity sweetness. The gin includes 11 botanicals including orris root, cardamom and coriander seeds.

www.eight-lands.com

ORO Gin

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.

www.orogin.co.uk

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.

jaisalmergin.com

Conker Gin

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.

www.conkerspirit.co.uk

O’ndina Gin

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.

www.thewhiskyexchange.com

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.

www.6oclockgin.com