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Silent Pool | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 43º
Type Distilled Gin
Known Botanicals 24 in total, but not all revealed. Licorice, Angélica, Anise, Bergamot, Camomile, Cassia, a mixture of Citruses, Lavander, Lily Root, Kaffir Lime leaves, Honey, Dried Pear, Cubeba Pepper, Rose Petals, Elderflower, Tilia and Juniper.

Brief Description
Silent Pool, the natural swimming pool and the distillery are both found in the small village of Albury in Surrey. Ian McCulloch, the founder of the company, found in the natural beauty of Silent Pool the perfect place to set up his distillery and, more importantly, find the inspiration for the spirits he distils there. The Gin Silent Pool can therefore be described with the words which also characterize the water of Silent Pool, the lake – limpid, pure and refreshing. Silent Pool allies the almost orthodox ancestral methods of distillation with new techniques of flavouring the spirit base, paying extreme attention to the smallest details. The production of steam for heating the still by burning wood grown nearby, ending up in a chimney with a whistle is just one of those details.
The botanicals, 24 in total, are incorporated in the spirit base in 3 distinct stages. A first portion is macerated in the alcohol base to confer a long and deep flavour to the Gin. A second portion is macerated in a higher strength neutral alcohol which is then filtered. This way the oils in which the aromatic components are found can be retained. The final portion, in which not all 24 botanicals are present, is added to the still inside an aroma basket. All the botanicals in there are fresh, not dried, and are responsible to for the life and freshness of Silent Pool.
The abundance of botanicals is obvious on first contact. Its aroma meanders between floral and fruity, citric and the gentle touch of honey and the ever present juniper, which give room to each other in a pleasing harmony. Citrus fruits, such as the fresh tasting lime, the common lime and the Kaffir lime, combine with the gentler bergamot. The floral touch of camomile, elderflower and lavender round out the palate and guarantee the extreme smoothness of this Gin. The presence of pear strongly punctuates the Gin along with the spices such as star anise and cassia, and the sweetness of the honey.

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Bica Gin | Portugal

Origin Portugal
Alcoholic Volume 42º
Type Distilled Gin
Known Botanicals Rosemary, Corn husks, Camomile, Cinnaon, Thistle, Coriander Seed, Orange blosoom, Lily root, Lemon verbena, Honey, Juniper.

Brief Description
Bica Gin was born after 2 years of extensive experiments. It is in the Alentejo that many of the botanicals for this Gin with an Alentejan heart are found. The orange and lemon peels, harvested in Herdade do Vale, the honey and the corn husks, bought from small local producers, and the rosemary which grows wild all around are just some examples. The botanical palette has the Alentejo at its heart but the world in its sights, with its coriander seeds, cinnamon, lemon verbena, camomile, orange blossom, thistle, lily root and juniper, which comes from Macedonia.
Respecting the intrinsic characteristics of each botanical, the process of maceration is done using different times and methods for each, while always using a wheat and rice based alcohol. This never takes more than 24 hours, at the end of which, distillation begins in the still which was especially developed for Bica Gin, with 500 litre capacity, and a bain marie heated by wood burner.
On the nose, Bica Gin is pretty smooth, with herbal touches in which the rosemary is immediately detectable. Less apparent, but still noticeable are the citrus notes, and cinnamon, conferring warmth and comfort.
In the mouth, the smoothness of the alcohol shows itself. Piquant touches punctuate the warmth from the spices and the more herbal side of Bica Gin. The mouth is extremely long and continues to develops until the juniper and the sweetness of the orange appear together, in harmony.

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Beefeater Crown Jewel | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 50º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, Almond, Angelica root and seed, coriander seed, lily root, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, juniper.

Brief Description
Beefeater Crown Jewel was born in 1993. The “first” premium Gin was produced from the original Beefeater recipe, using grapefruit as its tenth botanical, and was aimed at the Duty Free market, an ultra-exclusive niche market at the time. Later on, in 2009, Crown Jewel was discontinued, opening the door for Beefeater 24, a decision which caused some “upset” in the many fans it had gained over the years. This new re-edition is faithful to its original recipe but brings some slight alterations in the bottle, namely with the change in name of the ravens that live at the Tower of London, to which Crown Jewel pays homage. The almost umbilical connection between Beefeater and the city which saw its creation and, in particular, the Tower of London is well known. The legend says that if the ravens leave the tower, the Tower and the monarchy will fall. Crown Jewel follows the rules of the Beefeater house. Omnipresent Juniper and the citrus touch are also signatures here, detectable in the first aromas released. In the mouth, Crown Jewel reveals a fairly robust Gin, with its 50 volumes of alcohol playing a part, full of juniper and a citrus touch where grapefruit occupies central position. Despite its high alcohol level, Crown Jewel is an extremely smooth Gin.

Other versions Beefeater Dry Gin | Beefeater 24 | Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)

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Plymouth Navy Strength | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 57º
Type Plymouth Gin
Known Botanicals Angelica, Cardamom, Coriander seed, Orange, Lemon, Lily root and Juniper.

Brief Description
“For about 200 years, the British Navy and Plymouth Navy Strength were inseparable. No ship left port without a bottle aboard.”
In fact, the Gin was transported in barrels in the hold, alongside the gunpowder. The strength of Plymouth Navy Strength was “thought” that even if the gin came into contact with the gunpowder, the latter wouldn’t lose its ability to explode, something that had happened in the Original version with 41.2º alcohol.
Plymouth Gin was born in 1793 in the city which gave it its name and ever since then, produced ever since in the Plymouth Gin Distillery, what was the Black Friars Distillery, situated next to the port, making it the oldest distillery in England still in production.
The distillery took the place of a monastery, which is why on every bottle there is always a monk engraved on the glass, and on the label the Mayflower.
On the nose and on the palate, Plymouth Navy Strength is everything a Gin should be. On the nose, it is pungent with Juniper to the fore, supported by the citrus note of the coriander seeds and the perfume of cardamom. In the mouth it is rich and omnipresent. It is surprisingly smooth, considering its alcohol grade.

Other versions Plymouth Original | Plymouth Sloe

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Beefeater Dry | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 40º 
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, Almond, Angelica root and seed, Coriander seed, Lily root, Orange and Lemon peel, and Juniper.

Brief Description
Since its beginnings, Beefeater has been connected to the city where still today it is produced. It’s not odd, then that James Burrough baptized the brand with the name given to the guards of the Tower of London. From its first home in Cale Street, where it was born in 1876, Beefeater has also lived in two other homes. The first was in Hutton Road, Lambeth, where they had to move to up production to meet demand, the second, for the same reasons, in Kennington. The latter is the still the home of Beefeater.
Beefeater Lond Dry Gin is, today, one of the symbols of the city it calls home, but also one of the iconic London Dry Gins. From the first pungent notes of Juniper that leap from the bottle to the palate where it remains at the forefront, backed up by the markedly citrus notes, it is all that a London Dry should be. The 9 botanicals used in its production are the base of the recipe of all the Gins that Beefeater makes.

Other versions Beefeater 24 | Beefeater Burrough's Reserve | Beefeater Crown Jewel | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)

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Citadelle | France

Origin France
Alcoholic Volume 44º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, almond, root and angelica seed, cinnamon, cardamom, cassia, coriander seed, cumin, anise star, fennel, grains of paradise, orange and lemon peels, iris root, nutmeg, cubeba pepper, satureja, verbena and juniper.

Brief Description
The Citadelle Gin is produced in the Southwestern region of France, the land of Cognac. Alexandre Gabriel, Citadelle's master-distiller, used an old Geneviere recipe which he found in the city of Dunkirk, dating back to the eighteenth century. In addition, he added the tradition of Pierre Ferrand and started the production of Citadelle in small stills of copper heated with direct flame and without steam (naked flame) - like Cognac is made. This type of heating is noted when we taste it. It's rounder and smoother than most Gins as a result of the botanicals caramelization inside the still. Produced using the 19 botanicals, the Citadelle offers spicy notes of cinnamon, anise and nutmeg but also a jasmine perfume.

Others Versions Citadelle Reserve | Citadelle No Mistake Old Tom

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Beefeater 24 | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 45º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, almond, root and angelica seed, Chinese green tea, Sencha Japanese tea, coriander seed, iris root, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and juniper.

Brief Description
Brits like tea. Brits like Gin. Gin with tea? Of course. We do not know if this was the reason behind the creation of Beefeater 24 but the results speak for themselves. By adding grapefruit, Chinese green tea and Japanese sencha tea to the original Beefeater recipe, Desmond Payne created their London Dry. The Beefeater 24 is fresher, softer and more floral than the Beefeater Dry. But it is the scent of flowers that we feel when we open the bottle. The juniper notes are less noticed. On the palate, we are surprised by the softness, the elegant and citrus presence of grapefruit and an astringency in the end, signed by green tea.

Others Versions Beefeater Dry Gin | Beefeater Burrough's Reserve | Beefeater Crown Jewel | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)

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Bulldog | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 40º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, almond, angelica root, cassia, coriander seed, lavender, lotus leaf, lemon peel, iris root, dragon eye, white poppy and juniper.

Brief Description
The Bulldog Gin was released in 2007. It was a converted banker to gin producer dream. Thought in the United States and produced in England, the Bulldog proves the international vein of the creator and the Bulldog Gin itself which makes use of 12 botanicals coming from the four corners of the planet.
It has a very rich bouquet where citrus and coriander seeds occupy a prominent place. It is extremely smooth with a dry character, where the juniper stands.
Despite the eccentricity of the Bulldog botanicals, dragon eye, lotus or white poppy leaf, it is extremely mixable in a cocktail and versatile in a gin and tonic, offering almost endless possibilities of creating new aromatizations.

Others Versions Bulldog Extra Bold

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Martin Miller's | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 40º
Type Distilled Gin
Known Botanicals Licorice, angelica root, cassia, coriander seed, iris root, cucumber and bitter orange, lemon and lime peels, juniper.

Brief Description
Sir Martin Miller was disappointed with the way the British national drink - Gin - was going. Therefore, he decided to produce his own version which became one of the most emblematic Drys on the market. He only needed time to tune the distillation process where most botanicals are separated from the citrus to better maintain their character and find the water to do justice to the spirit obtained. The water for dillution comes from Iceland where Sir Martin Miller thought he found the most pure and soft water on the planet. Martin Millers has a well pronounced juniper aroma, accompanied by citrus notes (fresher than in most Gins, as a result of the distillation method used) and a rich, spicy and lasting palate without losing its lightness and elegance. A Gin made with love, obsession and a dose of madness makes it elegant for a gin and tonic and its flavor will endure beyond other ingredients on a cocktail.

Others Versions Martin Miller's Westbourne | Martin Miller’s 9 Moons

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Hendrick's | Scotland

Origin Scotland
Alcoholic Volume 44º
Type Distilled Gin
Known Botanicals Caraway, angelica root, chamomile, coriander seed, orange and lemon peels, iris root, cucumber, Cubeba pepper, rose petals, elderberry and juniper flower.

Brief Description
Hendrick's revolutionized the Gin world when it introduced the fresh cucumber aromas and the soft scent of rose petals instead of the more traditional citric versions. Hendrick's was born at the turn of the millennium and soon it distanced from the status quo. Banished the citrus into the background and gave priority to the freshness of the cucumber and the rose petals elegance. Hendrick's also innovated in the production process which uses two different stills. The Bennet where botanicals are placed directly in infusion and the Carter-Head where botanicals are arranged in layers and their scents dragged by steam. Hendrick's comes from the combination of the strength of the first with the elegance of the second and last infusion and from the cucumber from Belgium and Holland and roses from Bulgaria. Hendrick's has a fresh and floral aromas but leaving space for the juniper.

Others Versions Hendrick's Orbium

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Brockmans | England

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Citadelle Reserve | France

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Plymouth Sloe | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 26º
Type Sloe Gin
Known Botanicals Angelica, Cardamom, Coriander seed, Orange, Lemon, Lily root and Juniper.

Brief Description
The tradition of making Sloe Gin is centuries old in England. Thus, the centuries old, traditional Plymouth based company -  it must never be forgotten that Plymouth Gin Distillery is the oldest distillery in England still in production in its original home – had to present its latest Gin based liqueur. Resorted to the recipe date back to 1883, Plymouth respects its ancestral methods of production of Sloe Gin, adding Sloe berries to its Gin and sugar to facilitate the extraction of flavour from the previously macerated fruit. Sloes belong to the plum family, described as similar to the damson but more bitter.
Sloe Gins are naturally smoother than Gin because of the fruit and, of course, the sugar. When we open a bottle of Plymouth Sloe we immediately notice the fruity touch of this Gin, with plum appearing first, closely followed by a touch of almond. Something we don’t notice is the alcohol, due to its lower alcohol grade of 26º, and due to the sugars extracted from the fruit. In the mouth, Plymouth Sloe remains smooth and fruity even though it is well structured and has a drier taste than other Sloe Gins.

Other versions Plymouth Original | Plymouth Navy Strength