Obviously there are more brands than our lonely liver can sample, so this is by no means a definitive list, but here are some that we HAVE tasted, which we would highly recommend. So keep an eye out for these truly ginspiring brands…
This fresh-from-the-distillery, brand new gin has enjoyed enormous success already, which is all the more impressive considering it has been funded by a Crowdfunder campaign that ended just two months ago.
Made in Yorkshire, but inspired by the more rounded and flavoursome Spanish gin-tonic, Tinker is a light, zesty gin with a gentle elderberry finish. And if reactions so far are anything to go by, it’s set to take the gindustry by storm.
A smooth, sweet gin that is easy to enjoy, even just on its own over ice, Brockmans is a refreshing addition to your collection in every sense.
With a botanical infusion that includes wild dried blueberries and blackberries, this gin really lives up to its slogan of offering “a taste like no other”, and pairs wonderfully with both tonic and ginger ale to equally delightful effect.
Winning in the versatility stakes is Poetic License Distillery and its selection of gin varieties, each as delicious as the next. With a delicate, citrusy and slightly peppery Northern Dry Gin alongside a more distinctive, oaked Old Tom Gin, Poetic License prove to a memorable brand both in flavour and in stylish packaging.
However, more real intrigue comes with its Orange Blossom Gin, a unique and extremely tasty one-time offering never to be made again. It’s all part of the ‘Rarities’ range, in which experiments lead to a one-batch product “of whatever’s inspiring us at the time” with only 400-600 bottles ever made for each one. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Black Tomato Gin
One of the more unusual gins currently gaining attention is this entirely organic gin from the Netherlands, which has been a surprising discovery for many who have sampled it.
With distinct home-grown black tomatoes and a splash of local fresh sea water, this otherwise sweet, tangy and peppery gin offers a flavour as bold as its black bottle. A basil garnish really helps to bring out the fruitiness of the tomato too.
From black to white, here’s a gin that’s just as different from the one above in taste too. A little obscure among some of the more high-profile brands available, Friday Chic gives a taste so fruity, it’s practically tropical.
It should be no surprise considering that mango, passion fruit and papaya are all infused in the process, but it makes for a mouth-wateringly soft and sweet gin that will perfect for spring and summer.