From blackberry and raspberry gin to honey-infused mother’s ruin, these unusual gins are perfect for a G&T with a difference.
Akin to the glee of stepping into a candy store, or entering the handbag section of Liberty, the variety of gins on the market right now has us wondering what to get our hands on first.
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There are some fantastic new gin brands that are emerging, many with a focus on sustainability as well as creating something unique. And household names like Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire are also sprucing up their offerings for 2021.
We’ve picked out some of our favourite gins with a difference, so bag yourself a bottle and wow your friends at your next dinner party.
Chase Distillery Seville marmalade gin
There are a lot of great, independent distilleries out there – so much so, it can be difficult to know which one to invest in and buy a bottle from. Chase Distillery makes it easy, though, with a simple, laid-back attitude which simply explains why this family-run farm gets it right when it comes to making spirits.
While many gin makers buy in a readymade neutral grain spirit, Chase Distillery makes every single droplet of its gin from scratch. This means growing potatoes and apples on site and implementing a process which starts in the fields and ends in your glass.
The brand produces a number of flavoured gins including pink grapefruit and pomelo gin and rhubarb and Bramley apple gin, but we’re particularly won over by the sweet but refreshing Seville marmalade gin. It’s crafted using a copper pot distilling method and contains real orange peel. Serve with loads of ice, tonic and a slice of orange on a hot day in the garden, preferably with your favourite people.
‘Seamist’ by Salcombe Distilling Co.
Salcombe Distilling Co. produces a range of unique, thoughtfully created gins, all of which embody the beauty and lifestyle of Devon and its coastline.
An innovative new launch from Salcombe Distilling Co. pairs one of its most-loved gins, Start Point, with a glamorous vintage-style perfume spritzer which is used to top your gin and tonic with a liquid garnish.
Start Point is named after a lighthouse in Devon of the same name, which marked the beginning of the 19th century voyages of the Salcombe Fruit Schooners which carried the exotic goods, fruits and spices that inspire this gin’s signature flavour. Smooth and distinct with a hint of citrus, this gin is an easy-drinker.
The ‘Seamist’ liquid garnish livens things up with red grapefruit, coastal botanicals and Cornish sea salt to really transport you to the coast and create the experience of breathing in that salty, sea air. Plus, the interactive element of spritzing your drink, especially with guests, is so much fun. This is definitely one to bring out for dinner parties or special occasions.
Caorunn Gin hails from the Scottish Highlands and is crafted using the finest pure grain spirit as well as five locally foraged botanicals, six traditional gin botanicals and natural Scottish water.
It is, to put it simply, a dream gin. Fresh, crisp and smooth but with a slightly sweet, botanical finish that goes down easily, it would work with a wide range of mixers and tonics.
It is passionately handmade using a slow process in the world’s only working Copper Berry chamber in exclusive, small batches. If you’re bored of the big names that you’ve tried before, this gin is a failsafe we know you’ll love.
During lockdown, like many people, Ali Redwood had time to reflect on the things that meant most to her in life. She thought about enjoying Christmas with her family, sitting around the fire and sipping dry martinis which, for them, is a festive favourite. These thoughts prompted the idea of a project; to make her own gin and start a small business.
Redwood named the new gin after her dachshund Delilah and used art deco influences to inspire the packaging and identity of the brand.
If you like the idea of having a bottle of something independent and exclusive on your shelves, then this small-batch gin that’s distilled in Devon is the new name on the gin scene to try.
Fruity on the nose, crisp and smooth, with hints of gooseberry, pomegranate and lemon, Delilah’s Gin only launched on 1 December, making it one of the most exciting emerging gin brands.
Edinburgh Gin's poached pear gin liqueur
Edinburgh Gin has released a new poached pear gin liqueur which is imbued with sweet pear, delicate red wine, and warming festive spices like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Edinburgh Gin says you can indulge in this deep burgundy liqueur in a multitude of ways, touting it as perfect over ice, mixed with fizz or as a hot serve.
Bombay Sapphire's Bombay Bramble
Spring is just around the corner, and if you’re in the mood to toast the arrival of warmer weather, Bombay Sapphire has just released its first flavoured, distilled gin.
Inspired by the Bramble cocktail, the sweet retro tipple dreamed up in a Soho bar in the 1980s, Bombay Bramble is made using a 100% natural infusion of blackberries and raspberries. Not only does it give your beloved G&T a tasty remix, but when poured over crushed ice and garnished with a slice of lemon, the pretty crimson spirit feels just right for your Instagram flatlay too.
Shop Bombay Sapphire’s Bombay Bramble at Sainsbury’s and Tesco from 13 March, £23
Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Distilled Gin
We almost can’t believe that this gin giant hadn’t ventured into the realm of lemon-flavoured tipples, but we’re so glad that Gordon’s finally has.
As we all know, gin naturally lends itself to a citrus garnish, so to go one step further and give the whole drink’s flavour a zesty twist is pure genius.
Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Distilled Gin is a Mediterranean twist on the original recipe, made with juniper and delicious juicy lemon. Crisp and tasty, this is the refreshing drink to sip after a long day at work, and an accessible way of trying a flavoured gin that isn’t too ‘out there’.
Slingsby’s Yorkshire Gooseberry Gin
Sweet but tangy, this unique blend is a genius move from the Harrogate-based gin brand.
Crafted using the famous aquifer water of the surrounding areas, everything about the creation of this pure grain spirit has been done as locally as possible, which means we’re giving it environmental points as well as a thumbs up for taste. For example, not only have the botanicals been sourced locally but the gooseberries themselves are from Yorkshire.
Sipsmith's Orange and Cacao Gin
Is there anything more festive than a chocolate orange? Well, although one of those won’t get you tiddly, this delicious creation from Sipsmith will.
Liquorish has been used to sweeten this blend, before an array of botanicals and, of course, orange blossom and cacao nibs are added. The gin has then been rested on fresh orange zest to finish the fruity magic.
Sipsmith recommends serving with a quality tonic, ice and chunky slice of orange to really top it off.
Warner's Honeybee Gin
Warner’s was only established in 2012 but already they’ve made an impressive name in the industry and shown their dedication to producing quality gin with respect for nature and the land around them. Which is part of the concept behind their Honeybee Gin, created in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to help protect the bees.
Honeybee Gin is crafted with 28 botanicals including lavender, rose and a dollop of honey from Warner’s own beehives, for a delicate but floral taste.
We also adore that each bottle of Honeybee Gin comes with a packet of wildflower seeds so that you can plant your own bee-friendly garden and do your bit to save the bees.
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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.