It's wonderfully subtle and smooth. Read our community guidelines in full, The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, Mixing it up: there's a huge selection of gins on the market at the moment, all with distinctive botanicals and flavourings, Nigella's latest recipe: how to butter toast, Finally, it's here! The Tom Collins is highly favored because it's a very easy concoction that tastes great and even pleases the most stern of gin … Out of all the classic supermarket own-brand gins, it was Sainsbury's more premium gin that took the top spot. There’s growing interest among cocktail enthusiasts in Old Tom Gin – a slightly sweetened spirit which is closer to the kind of gin which would have been drunk in 19th century, when many of our classic cocktails were born. Want to see the full list? For someone who is teetotal or simply having a break from booze, Seedlip is the perfect go-to drink. Limehouse Pink Gin and Asda Extra Special Pink Gin ticked our boxes for great flavour and good balance. Simply serve neat with a slice of lemon. The venerable Tom Collins, one of the easiest, most crowd pleasing gin drinks you can make. Searching for the perfect gin to give as a present? T he gin boom, or ginaissance, is still going strong, with the British public buying more of the juniper-based tipple than ever before.. For anyone who is building a decent collection of different gins, try giving them a bottle of Martini’s latest. The result is a gin that is delicate yet balanced – perfect for the beginner. When it comes to flavour, chefs know more than most. Few is an independent outfit from Chicago where the distillers make their own spirits from scratch (a fairly rare occurrence). The result is world class: a gin with delicate floral touches that creates a rich mouthfeel. A great gin with bold botanical flavours of juniper, rosemary, thyme, olives, basil and a zingy citrus burst. The winner in this category was Mother's Ruin, an East London-based distillery that uses ingredients foraged from in and around East London and Essex. For more product picks, visit our reviews section to find all our gin taste tests. Sake, cherry blossom and yuzu - the aromatic Japanese citrus fruit - help create a sweet gin with a creamy mouthfeel. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk. Without further ado, here is our list of the 27 best drinks with gin you'll ever make! From classic London Dry Gins to on-trend pink and flavoured gins, the market is overwhelmed with options. Serve with fresh oysters, which are in abundance in the area surrounding the distillery. The question is, how do you like yours? 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The Amazon rainforest isn't the most obvious place to source gin ingredients, but Canaima proves it's one of the best. This is a gin made with passion and flavour at the very heart of it, and can be enjoyed simply over ice. Joel and Neil from World's Best Spirits have rounded up their favourite craft, flavoured and independent gins. America’s best-selling imported gin has followed the same recipe since the 1800s. Whittling our taste test down to 118 different bottles, we tested across sloe gin, pink gin, quirky flavoured gin, flavoured gin liqueurs, classic gin and supermarket own-brand gin. A perfect balance of flavour without ruining the juniper notes. This gin was a winner thanks to its sweet and floral aroma. Although it’s made near Birmingham, Whitley Neill is inspired by the flavours of Africa. But what defines this ever-popular spirit is the predominant use of juniper, which must be included in the mix of botanicals that flavor this important cocktail component. Lidl's Hortus gin range is extensive but their Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur (75/100) that took the top spot. Why try one gin when you can sample a flight of them? If you enjoy it with an olive rather than citrus zest, Gin Mare is the one for you. Seedlip Garden 108 is a gin-like, alcohol-free distilled spirit that pairs brilliantly with tonic. It's marmite tagline worthy, but those who love it really love it. Expect to find citrus, cardamom and lashings of all-important juniper. Try it in a Martinez, a predecessor of the martini, by stirring 30ml Old Tom, 60ml Italian vermouth, 2 dashes of bitters and 2 dashes of maraschino liqueur with ice before straining into a martini glass. With its ornate glass bottle, Bloom will make a pretty addition to any home bar. Partnered with a sweet and light aroma to counter the savoury taste and a texture of great length. What's inside the bottle is just as good. So what are the best out there? In what is our biggest gin test to date, our expert panel put the spirit to the test across six key gin categories. When it comes to flavour, chefs know more than most. Drury 173 Craft Gin was praised for having a wonderful sherbet, grapefruit and lemon zest aroma with fresh lemon, grapefruit and herb flavours followed by a light smooth texture. is great in a G&T, with a slice of orange instead of lemon or lime, but Whitley Neill's flavoured gins are also some of the most diverse and delicious on the market. It's chock-full of unusual Kentish botanicals, from lavender to samphire to hops, but nothing dominates the palate. Hepple is distilled in the North East and is the brainchild of well-known chef and forager, Valentine Warner, and it shows. Particularly Blood Orange and Parma Violet. Light and packed with flavour. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, it marked the start of a a 38 per cent year-on-year increase. Created by a young bartender named Dee Davies, this is an unusual fusion of East And West: a British gin inspired by the flavours of Japan. In a world where most craft gins seem to stuff tons of botanicals into their recipes, this wonderful brand from America stands out for its simplicity. Do pay a visit to the distillery if you get the chance – its glasshouse is a thing of unadulterated beauty. What’s your favourite gin? Hepple gin (45% ABV) Best traditional English gin. We're investing in gin parties, gin tours, gin advent calendars, gin menus and more, suggesting the drink once known as 'Mother's Ruin' has not only cultivated a cult following, but become our nation's favourite spirit. The 'Original' is stuffed with exotic botanicals like baobab fruit and cape gooseberries, balanced to create a delicate, smooth gin with a slightly earthy, peppery finish. You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. The Taste categories are based upon the commonly held gin groupings which define the style and process of gin production. Tasting them completely blind, our testing panel included award-winning spirits tutors from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. One of the first gins to be distilled in Kent since the 1800s, Anno was launched at the end of 2013 by three scientists. The perfect little tipple for a quirky martini. Last year, stats showed that more than 66 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is one of the best examples of this old world style, though it was only recently launched in 2007. This is a gin made with passion and flavour at the very heart of it, and can be enjoyed simply over ice. Good Housekeeping participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. We’re here to help with our expert taste test of the most special, beautifully bottled gin. Moonshot Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company is made solely with botanicals that have been sent to space. Nothing beats a classic, and Beefeater is arguably the grandfather of gins. And, here at Good Housekeeping, we have always been a big fan of the juniper-based spirit. The gin boom, or ginaissance, is still going strong, with the British public buying more of the juniper-based tipple than ever before. On the nose, we got elderflower and lemon verbena, too, while the pomegranate and rose makes a nice flavour combination. Maker Stephen Marsh recommends serving it with tonic and mint. This gin is distilled in a copper pot still named "Marjorie." Our overall winner, scoring the highest out of ALL the categories was Gin Mare (88/100), a savoury gin that stood out above the rest for its original and innovative flavours. Thanks to a bigger interest in cocktails, a desire for lower-calorie drink options and the increase in innovative and exciting gins on the market, gin has become the tipple of choice in the UK. The result is a crisp, citrus-packed mouthful with a gorgeous, herbaceous base. One of the new wave of gins to hit shelves in the past few years, this is ‘compounded’ by adding the botanicals to a neutral spirit and steeping until the flavour develops. Gin, a descendant of the Dutch spirit genever, has been around for centuries. Click our categories below: Good Housekeeping, Part of the Hearst UK Fashion & Beauty Network. Our panel awarded this gin the winner because of its complex flavours, and warming and smooth aftertaste. Sales in the UK hit a record high in 2018, when shops and indepedents managed to shift more than 70 million bottles, racking up over £2 billion. With juniper at its heart and balanced with botanicals, Beefeater is best when simply mixed with tonic and ice. We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. When there’s a whole world of gin to choose from, how do you know which will make the most special presents? Tom Collins. Some gin drinkers prefer a flavoured variation that adds a certain sweetness to the overall drink. The World Gin Awards select the very best gins in the internationally recognised gin styles and promote the world’s best gins to consumers and trade across the globe. Distiller Desmond Payne was inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden, just round the corner from the original Beefeater distillery, and has created a lovely herbaceous concoction with hints of lemon verbena and thyme. It’s spicy yet delicate, with blossoming elderflower notes. With its white ceramic bottle and art nouveau-inspired label, this Scottish gin from Dunnet Bay Distillery certainly stands out from the crowd. Another London Dry, this time made in Kingston-upon-Thames, featuring juniper picked from Box Hill in Surrey and mint grown in London. An unspeakably cool gin for anyone who ever dreamed of being a space explorer as a kid, or enjoys looking up at the stars. Vermouth is to gin what McCartney was to Lennon: together they make a great pair, but as individuals, they’re also star performers. Leave a comment below…. First launched in July 2013, this raspberry-steeped gin is so prettily pink you almost expect it to taste like candy floss. With its distinctive blue bottle, Star of Bombay is produced in the beautiful surroundings of the Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill. Best served in a simple cocktail where it can really shine. Hepple is distilled in the North East and is the brainchild of well-known chef and forager, Valentine Warner, and it shows. Perfect for a small gift or someone still discovering which gins they prefer. A ray of sunshine from the southern hemisphere to chilly UK climates. The nineteen botanicals including pepper, anise, nutmeg and cinnamon, make for a pleasing spice that lingers on the nose as the flavour develops. An Aussie gin built on the four pillars of a copper still, water from the Yarra Valley, local botanicals and a whole lotta love! 1. Ingredients including juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, fresh lemon peel and camomile flowers were sent via balloon into the stratosphere at an approximate altitude of 24km where they were exposed to extremely low pressures. It really comes to life when garnished with grapefruit. Produced by Berry Bros & Rudd (the oldest wine and spirits merchant in the UK), this gin takes some beating. Best Old Tom Gin Hernö Old Tom Hernö Old Tom Gin. The gin's native botanicals include acai berries, uve de palma (red fruit harvested from a palm tree), copoazu (a unique fruit similar to sweet pears and pineapples) and merey fruit (aka cashews), all of which are harvested in ways that limit environmental impact. A gin that looks as great as it tastes – the aqua blue of the Silent Pool bottle is mesmerising. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. When you first sip, there's a strong blast of juniper, but a whole host of other locally-harvested botanicals soon come out to play, from buckthorn to blaeberries. Bombay Sapphire isn't for everyone, but this iteration of the spirit is worth a try. No.3 subscribes to the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality, and is all the better for it. Uncorking it is like stepping into a fragrant English garden on a summer’s day – all soft chamomile and honeysuckle. Try it on its own over ice with a sprig of rosemary. WE EARN A COMMISSION FOR PRODUCTS PURCHASED THROUGH SOME LINKS IN THIS ARTICLE. We also have reviews of gin glasses plus expert gin taste tests, including round-ups of the best pink, sloe, citrus and rhubarb gin, plus gift guides like the best letterbox gifts to order online. This review was last updated in August 2020. This particular bottle is classed as a ‘fruit cup’, or a gin-based drink flavoured with herbs, spices and fruits – the gin version of Pimm’s, essentially. Great for a summery G&T. Everyone's taste buds are different and thanks to the sheer amount of gin brands available right now (we seriously aren't complaining here), the choice can be overwhelming. The result is an earthy gin sure to impress for its outstanding balance. By Victoria Chandler The result? This gin has some unusual botanicals, including sage and lavender, but none are overpowering: what you get is a really drinkable, mellow gin with just a touch of sweetness from the lime leaves. Gin can be distilled from almost anything, including grain, fruit, potatoes, or grapes. It's essentially a supercharged, punchier version of the original, with a lot more heat, and a lingering finish. What's more, 10% of the profit from each bottle will go towards reforestation of the Amazon as well as preserving the culture and heritage of the indigenous people. BUY NOW from £14.95, Mother's Ruin (79/100). Rich and smooth, this Spanish gin has a distinct savoury backbone. Gin Mare scooped the top spot in this category. If you're after a pink gin that has great fruit and berry flavours, then our joint winners have got you covered. The winners of our biggest ever gin taste test From dry gin to flavoured gin liqueurs, we tasted over 100 different varieties to find the best. It never goes wrong as a decent bottle to give on special occasions, and is widely available in supermarkets if you need something last-minute. Magazine subscription – save 44% and get a cookbook of your choice. But which gins are best? Drinks by the Dram specialise in tasting packs with a variety of different gins. Choosing the best gin is not an easy thing. There are more than 350 distilleries in the UK alone, so working your way through to find a  favourite could prove to be an expensive (and liver-panicking) affair. Made in small batches in West Kirby, it’s perfect when mixed with lemonade and should be served cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Taste winners. The O.G. The martini is having a moment once again. But where has our obsession with the spirit come from? Several bars, including The Dorchester, have it exclusively made for their drinks, but there are several good recreations for general sale, including this one from Hayman's. A classic London Dry style, it’s juniper-driven, with coriander seed and licorice notes. This was to ensure that the flavour was not impaired by any mixer. Hailing from Sweden, this top cat features a London Dry line-up of juniper, coriander, cassia, black pepper and lemon peel. To make life easier, we've chosen 14 gins guaranteed to make a G&T or martini to remember – or not, depending on how many you drink. Produced by Hayman Distillers of Witham, England, it is based on a family recipe from the 1870s. Death’s Door uses just three botanicals: juniper, coriander and fennel. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. It is then redistilled with juniper, lemon peel, cassia bark and angelica before being enhanced by resting in an oak cask, which adds a vanilla complexity and golden colour. Created by renowned French Distiller Alexandre Gabriel, this premium French gin is produced, even down to the growing of the juniper berries, on the grounds of  Gabriel's family home of Châteaux de Bonbonnet in Cognac, where the family has been creating spirits for 10 generations. We ensured everything was included, from supermarket options to household names and craft-gin distillers. For more, visit our reviews section and find over 400 practical buyer’s guides, including taste tests of whisky, vodka, rum, brandy and more. The best rumThe best bourbonThe best artisan ginsThe best traditional gins10 spirits to buy to stay on-trend. Read on to discover our top picks for Christmas, birthdays and beyond. Outstanding, simple and a crowd-pleaser. Distilled in Spain, botanicals include rosemary, thyme, olive, and basil, while the flavour was complex and the gin profile balanced. Subscription offer: save 44% and receive a brand-new cookbook. Beautifully balanced, full-bodied and full of Aussie personality. From dry gin to flavoured gin liqueurs, we tasted over 100 different varieties to find the best. ', Five star food from the comfort of your kitchen: the best restaurant meal kits tested, Quince and ginger figgy Christmas pudding recipe, A vegetarian feast to celebrate Diwali 2020, the festival of light, Cooking this classic French dish is the perfect escape from lockdown boredom, Chef Edson Diaz-Fuentes shares his kitchen must-haves, from chipotle chilli to Mexican coffee. Beer 52 exclusive offer: Get a free case of craft beer worth £24. Crafted in central London, the distilling process still utilises copper pot stills to this day and, from the distillery’s home in Kennington, you can see directly into the Oval cricket ground. This is only available in-store from Beefeater’s visitor centre in London - if you happen to be passing by, it’s worth popping in for. And we're not just buying the bottles. Feel free to adjust or even invert the vermouth/Old Tom ratios if you want something with a bit more punch. Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla ticked all our boxes. It’s a punchy gin and is big on juniper, coriander and bergamot, bringing added intensity to your G&T. A delicious mix of chamomile, lavender and honey flavours, it’s made on the Albury Estate in the Surrey Hills, so it’s a real product of its location. The mint gives it a refreshing coolness that stays on the tongue. Wrapping up a bottle of this will definitely earn you brownie points. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Each sample was tested neat, and then again, diluted with a small amount of water. It doesn't: the fruitiness is subtle, and those distinctively "ginny" juniper notes are in the background, making it a good one to try on people who claim to not like gin).

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