The Best British Gins
The British love of gin grows stronger every year. In 2020 UK retailers sold 48 million bottles of traditional gin and around 27 million bottles of flavoured gin. With scores of new artisan gin brands emerging every year, you’re spoilt for choice. These are our top 7 British gins for your alcohol cabinet!
Made with a combination of 11 botanicals extracted by vapour infusion, this spicy Devonshire gin includes juniper, sage, green cardamom, pink peppercorn and more.
(£38 for 70cl from www.thunderflowergin.com)
This artisan farmhouse gin has a wonderfully silky texture, exuding a superb botanical mouth-feel finished by intense juniper tones and peppermint cool. The initial palate is floral with bitter, fresh notes of dandelion and peppery cloves.
(£34 for 70cl from www.blasfwyd.com)
The Coffee Orange Gin is not only a UK first, but also holds one of the most intriguing flavour combinations we’ve tried in a gin - with notes of strong, fresh espresso and roasted coffee beans, expertly balanced by sweet citrus.
(£25 for 35cl from www.lavaspirits.co.uk)
Looking for a British gin with a difference? This intriguing Yorkshire spirit is aged in oak barrels for 6 to 8 months, giving the spirit its smooth and mellow quality with a subtle oaked flavour.
(£34.95 for 70cl from www.raisthorpemanor.com)
The brainchild of a husband and wife duo based in Dartmoor, Papillon is named in honour of the endangered Pearl Bordered Fritillary which feeds on the local violets. A delicate, floral and easy-to-drink gin distilled with chamomile, rowanberries and violets.
(£36 for 70cl from www.jadedpalates.com)
This winter warmer is grounded in rich, earthy tones layering black pepper and nutmeg over notes of elderberries, blackberries and a hint of burnt orange. Add a stick of cinnamon and a twist of orange if you’re feeling festive.
(£37.49 for 70cl from www.lymebaywinery.co.uk)
A collaboration between Peak Ales and Chatsworth, this newly-launched British gin is distilled with selected botanicals from the Chatsworth garden and greenhouse, including lemons, lemongrass and lemon verbena, to produce a crisp citrus character which is complemented by the herbal notes of banana leaf.
(£39 for 70cl from www.chatsworthgin.co.uk)