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Christmas Gift Guide - British Gins

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Struggling for quick and easy stocking filler ideas for the grown ups? With our gin Christmas gift guide, you need look no further.

Over the last few years, gin has risen through the spirit ranks to become a much loved spirit here in the UK. Its growth has been so dominant that we are seeing new distilleries opening by the dozen throughout the UK. But what makes gin so special? We put a variety of brands to the test. Bottoms up…

Williams Chase Extra Dry GB Gin in a Box Book £34.95

It's a relatively unknown fact that gin is made from vodka. So, to create Williams Chase ' GB ' Extra Dry Gin, the Chase team had to first create the World’s Best Vodka, aka Chase Vodka. Made using potatoes from the family farm in Herefordshire, Williams Chase GB Extra Dry Gin is unlike most other gins where a neutral grain spirit is simply redistilled.

"Very very very fine gin. So fine you can sip it neat." And, it looks even neater in this Union Jack presentation gift 'book'. It makes a most handsome gift.

Warner Edwards Dry £32.95

Created by long-term friends Tom Warner and Scion Edwards, this brand is based on the Warner family farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire. A small batch gin, Harrington dry is made from the farm’s natural spring water, grain spirit and home grown elderflower along with 10 other botanicals.

The temperature to drink this fine spirit is said to be critical, so the first step is to fill your glass up with ice, a generous measure of gin followed by tonic. A ratio of 1:3 is recommended. For a garnish, try a slice of lemon or cucumber.

Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin £29.50

The first copper distillery to launch for nearly 200 years, Sipsmith has reintroduced the art of hand-crafted, small batch spirit production to the capital. Distilled according to a traditional method, using 10 botanicals sourced from across the globe, Sipsmith London dry gin is an award winner.

Simplicity is key with this drink. It should be served in a martini or just with tonic, ice and a slice of your choice.

Two Birds London Dry gin £28.95

This classic London Dry Gin full of juniper flavour and distilled with 4 other botanicals, finished with natural spring water from deep beneath the Charnwood hills in Leicestershire. Their distilling process creates a powerful Gin, which retains a smooth and delicate finish on the pallet.

To enjoy the fullness of this flavour, we recommend a splash of apple juice, elderflower juice, plenty of crushed ice, and a garnish of Apple mint.

Pinkster Gin £32.95

So what makes this gin so special? Well, for a start it’s pink. A small-batch premium gin, distilled using five botanicals, its colour comes from fresh raspberries, grown at Sunclose farm in Milton just outside Cambridge. Described as “deliciously dry with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish” Pinkster took silver in the International Wine and Spirits competition 2013 (which was the year it launched).

This gin should be enjoyed with fever-tree tonic, a raspberry and a sprig of fresh, well-spanked mint. For those of you who are unaware, this method of spanking mint in your hand is to allow the aromas to be released.

If gin isn’t your preferred gift of choice, don’t forget to check out our wide variety available here.

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