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The Best Gins Causing A Stir For International G&T Day

October 17, 2018

Food & Drink | by Harry Mills


What better excuse could you have for a G&T or six than International Gin & Tonic Day? Sure, gin & tonic sounds like a no-nonsense kind of recipe. But what about the perfect G&T? That takes a little bit more effort. So we have compiled a round-up of the best show-stopping gins 0n the market that you can enjoy at home; cheers to that!

The classic one…Tanqueray  Nº TEN

Tanqueray Nº TEN, named after the stills of its origin, this small batch gin is crafted using fresh citrus fruits. An exquisite citrus burst with every sip, refreshing – clean and zingy, with lip-smacking citrus notes, lemon and lime zest, backed up with piney juniper – best enjoyed with premium tonic water and a slice of pink grapefruit. Available to buy from most retailers or from the Tanqueray website, see here.

The taste of the sea one…Isle Of Harris Gin

Imbued with maritime influences, it is sugar kelp – hand-harvested from the deep underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides – that is key to the subtle coastal notes that mark out this spirit. Recommended neat with a wedge of grapefruit, or with a splash of tonic taking care not to drown the gin flavours. Enhance your G&T with a few drops of the sugar kelp aromatic water available when purchased from their website, see here.

The winemakers one…Chapel Down Bacchus Gin

This limited edition gin is produced with distilled Bacchus grape skins from the previous year’s harvest. Infused with juniper, coriander, elderflower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon. A process that takes 2 years to develop, delivers a clean, fresh vibrancy as the wines they make too. Garnish with wedges of lime and serve with a premium tonic like Luscombe Devon tonic. For more information on where to buy see here.

The one to keep the doctor away…Caorrun Gin

Pronounced ‘ka-roon’, is the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry – a Celtic botanical that forms the very soul of this gin. An expert infusion of five locally foraged botanicals and six traditional botanicals; Caorunn is traditionally served with cool fizzing tonic and slices of red apple. For more information on where to buy see here.

The tropical one…Porters Tropical Old Tom

Porter’s have combined sweetened gin with enticing botanicals to create a perfectly balanced and sophisticated tropical old tom recipe. Porter’s builds on its classic juniper base by cold distilling the tropical botanicals in order to retain their juicy freshness. It’s then slightly sweetened to create a clear gin that is both distinctive and delicious in flavour. Serve with premium tonic water and fresh passion fruit for a tropical G&T. For more information on where to buy see here.

The Top Gun one…Aviation Gin

American gins disappeared with Prohibition, but have no fear, Ryan Reynolds is here.  Twice pot distilled with a blend of botanicals, sourced from around the world – cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper, and two kinds of orange peelAviation gin best served with Elderflower Tonic, garnished with a pink grapefruit slice. For more information on where to buy see here.

The perfect summer throwback one…Indian Summer Gin

Indian Summer gin contains the precious spice saffron, which brings a warm, rich aromatic flavour and golden-yellow hue to this gin, reminiscent of a sizzling
summer’s day. Whilst the weather is temperamental at times, serve Indian Summer with gin
ger ale and a slice of lemon for the perfect taste of summer. For more information on where to buy see here.

The royal one…Partridges Chelsea Flower Gin 

Created to commemorate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan, the Nº2 Chelsea Flower gin is a bergamot infused London Dry Gin, it’s elegant, indulgent and well rounded with body and freshness. Notes of bergamot lead but there is also a medley of citrus and coriander with hints of lemon tart and vanilla. For more information on where to buy see here.

The experimental one…Citadelle Réserve Gin 

Loved by the world’s leading bartenders, this gin contains three additional botanicals – yuzu, genepi and bleuet – and is rested in five different types of wood barrels (acacia, mulberry, cherry, chestnut and French oak) for five months, before it is blended together and refined in a revolutionary eight-foot tall, egg-shaped oak barrel – a technique which is only used by one other Japanese Whisky producer in the world. A very unique gin requires a unique tonic too, try with Sekforde for Gin is a quinine-free mixer with flavours of raspberry, rose and sage. For more information on where to buy see here.

The pink one…Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink

Pink gin from the gin lane 1751 which harks back to the Victorian era with its style and flavour profile.  A small batched gin, infused with naturally blended spiced bitters and can be served neat and well-chilled as the simplest of cocktails or as a chic alternative to a Gin & Tonic. Full-bodied with a smooth and refreshing taste. Serve with berries and a lemon twist. For more information on where to buy see here.

The one for Stoptober…Seedlip 

No reason all you sober lot shouldn’t get in on all the fun too, granted it’s not gin but Seelip offers teetotallers a non-alcoholic spirit with complex botanicals that makes for a sophisticated and refreshing alternative to alcohol. Classic serve for Seedlip Garden 108 is 50ml over lots of ice topped with Fever Tree Indian tonic water, garnish with a sugar snap pea. OR 50ml of Seedlip Garden 108 topped with Fever Tree elderflower & a cucumber ribbon as garnish. For more information on where to buy see here.

Remember to drink responsibly, make it a G&T.

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