Eight of the best premium gins
Finding an aftershave that reflects your personality is tricky; finding a gin that does the same is even more taxing. Luckily, we’ve done the gruelling ground work necessary to help you identify your perfect tipple...
No. 3 London Dry Gin
46% ABV, 70cl, £35, Waitrose, Sainsburys
Owned by Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchants, Berry Brothers & Rudd, (who also happen to be the Wine & Spirits Merchants by Appointment to both HM The Queen and The Prince of Wales) this is a classic British gin. Juniper dominates the mix, while just five other botanicals add background flavours, keeping the flavour pure. If it's good enough for The Palace...
47.3% ABV, 70cl, £32.58, Selfridges and independents
The Art Deco inspired new bottle design adds extra kudos to this slick, luxury gin. Fresh and citrusy, it makes a perfect base for martinis or a gin fizz. Zesty botanicals including coriander exaggerate the orange, grapefruit and lime flavours. Hello... it's most definitely gin o'clock.
42% ABV, 70cl, £24, Sainsbury’s
A gin to stand out from the crowd, Whitley Neill globetrots to Africa to pick up baobab fruit and cape gooseberries which add a refreshing sweet tang to their spirit. Mellower and softer than many gins, it makes a perfect long serve with chilled tonic.
King of Soho Gin
42% ABV, 70cl, £34.95, kingofsohodrinks.com
London Dry Gin couldn’t get much more London-centric. Launched by Howard Raymond, son of legendary Soho media mogul Paul, the bottle reflects the hedonistic fashion of the area. Distilled in the heart of London with a blend of 12 botanicals, this tipple has a well balanced flavour with warming spiciness, gentle sweetness and a hint of bitter grapefruit.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
40% ABV, 70cl, £23, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose
A drink that will open your senses to the aromas of the ancient spice trail. So aromatic, you could almost douse this on yourself as a cologne, the flavour is surprisingly balanced. Warming cubebs and black pepper give depth, while zesty coriander and citrus add a refreshing touch.
Bloom London Dry Gin
40% ABV, 70cl, £24, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose
Without being too poetic, giving a bottle of this a whiff is like breathing in a summer’s day. Perfumed with fragrant flower aromas, the gin has a slight sweetness without being overpowering. Blooming marvellous.
46% ABV, 70cl, £35, Waitrose and independents
Known as the ‘single malt’ of the gin world, this is a gin you can sip over ice. It makes a great palate cleanser between a main course and dessert too. Subtle herbs notes like basil and lavender add a rich savoury edge, and the bottle will look good in your drinks cabinet/IKEA worktop, too.
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
41.6% ABV, 70cl, £27.75, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and independents.
The first gin for almost 200 years to be crafted in a copper still in London, and produced in small batches, this is a real artisan gin. 10 classic botanical flavourings make a deep complex flavour which open up after a good shake to make a classic martini. Time to unleash your inner Bond.