Around the World in 80 Gins

19th May 2017, Charly Johnson

It’s getting closer to summer and the best summer drink everyone knows is of course a gin and tonic, whether you’re sipping one on your sofa after a hard day at work or relaxing in an outdoor bar, gin is the way forward. In this blog I will tell you where you must travel to find your perfect gin and tonic

As the weekend and summer creeps up on us, the same thought is probably entering everyone’s mind is of course focusing on the same thing. What type of Gin should I buy for my cheeky Gin and Tonic? Below is the top 6 Gins and their country origins.

1. No.209 – £60

San Francisco

Number 1 on the list is the Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin which originates in San Francisco. It even has to be aged for 6 to 7 months before being bottled. The result is a fruity gin with hints of sherry and spice, though still plenty of juniper, lemon and more typical gin flavours. Drinking this would make even the dullest days bright again.

Gin around the world

2. Elephant Gin – £30


Made in northern Germany, so it must be good if it’s from Germany ay? The result of the drink is a full-flavoured gin that is herbaceous, spicy and zesty. Drinking this gin also provides a mutual benefit as an added bonus of 15% of proceeds go to charities fighting the illegal ivory trade. Not bad, getting drunk and saving the planet, I’ll take 10!

3. Dictador Premium Colombian – £43


From Columbia, making it sound exotic so must taste exotic right?  The botanicals include the Colombian fruit limon mandarino (a cross between a lemon and a mandarin) which leaves its mark in the form of a prominent orange flavour. Well it must be 5 o’clock somewhere in the World so pass over a glass!

4. Citadelle Gin – £33


This French gin from Dunkirk was originally developed in the 18th century. It is a very fine gin with its main strength being its smooth, crisp, clean and balanced taste. Well not sure about you but anything that has been around for that long must be worth a sip or 7.

Gin and tonic

5. Cruxland Gin – £19

South Africa

Rare Kalahari truffles are one of the main ingredients in this luxury gin created by well-known South African winemakers KWV using a grape-based spirit. It is even double distilled to give it that extra pure, crisp taste. Sound very fancy and at £19 is a complete bargain!

6. Glendalough Gin


Last but not least, Ireland’s famous gin. It is made using locally-found botanicals which are foraged and distilled on the same day. Four variations are released each year which match with all the season. Pretty cool ay? So you don’t just have an excuse to drink gin in the summer because there is even a winter version! But then again it is from Ireland so could we expect anything else?

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