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The 12 gins of Christmas: your ultimate gin shopping guide

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Give the gift of gin this Christmas with one of these unusual, flavoured and high quality blends.

Ah, Christmas! A time for midnight mass, the Queen’s speech, satsumas in socks… and gin. Lots and lots of gin. 

But not just any old gin, whether you’re agonising over just the right present for a loved one or fancy a special bottle of something for yourself, put down the base of your usual G&T for something a little different. 

From those with beautiful bottles, eco-credentials or with charity at the centre of their mission statement to unique flavours your tastebuds have never had the pleasure of trying before, we’ve found a gin for everyone.

Bottom’s up.

For the eco-warriors:  Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin

This honey infused gin (£40) comes in a box that has been designed to be upcycled in a variety of ways: yours could become a wildflower planter, bird box or even a bee hotel.

For the skincare fanatics:  Collagin

Collagin (see what they did there!) includes marine collagen, which is proven to hydrate your skin, plus witch hazel, green tea and grapefruit botanicals. Intrigued? It’s yours for £34.95.

For the adventurous foodie:  Truffle Gin

Lovingly and painstakingly distilled just one litre at a time, this gin (£76) is based on the white truffle grown in Alba, the UNESCO world heritage site in Italy where food lovers flock each year. Belissimo!

For a spritz of summer (in winter):  Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin

Sweet smooth and delicately fragrant, each bottle of this gin (£30.89) is infused with over 200 individually handpicked elderflowers.

For the Negroni lover:  Chase Seville Marmalade Gin

Citrusy and fruity, this Seville orange-flavoured gin (£34.75) is perfect for a Christmas negroni. Just add sweet vermouth and Campari, and bottom’s up!

For the charitable:  One Gin

This award-winning gin (£34) is abundant with fresh English sage, juniper and citrus. And at least 10% of profits will fund safe, clean water projects in the world’s poorest communities. All hail guilt-free drinking…

For a real taste of Christmas: Rock Rose Gin Winter Edition

The hero botanical in this extra-special winter edition (£34.25) is spruce tips, making it one of the only gins in the world to be made from Christmas Trees!

For a Highland fling:  Caorunn Scottish Gin

Made with five hand-foraged botanicals (bog myrtle, coul blush apple, dandelion, heather and rowan berry), this £28 Scottish gin is best served with tonic and slices of red apple.

For a totally tropical twist:  Porter’s Tropical Old Tom

This classic juniper base (£34.25) is enhanced with the exotic taste of passion fruit, guava and white tea, making for a truly tropical taste sensation. To pretend you’re on holiday serve with tonic and fresh passion fruit.

For a taste of the English countryside: Cambridge Dry Gin

Using totally fresh English botanicals, each ingredient in this classic gin (£38.18) is distilled individually to bring out their fullest flavour. They are then blended together, creating an incredibly distinct taste.

For an Italian affair:  VII Hills Italian Dry Gin

The seven botanicals (juniper, pomegranate, celery, artichoke, blood orange, rosehip and Roman chamomile) in this £34.99 gin are taken from the legendary seven hills on which ancient Rome was apparently built. Making it perfect for history buffs, in our opinion.

For a sweet tooth:  Slingsby Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin

Combining rhubarb, raspberry and pink grapefruit, this tart and tangy gin (£40) is best served with ginger ale.

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Prices checked: 04/10/2019

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Photography and Specials Director, Tom Gormer loves a 'picky bits' dinner and thinks Gavin and Stacey is better than Friends. He has a whippet called Rex who is quite (very) needy.

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