We thought this post would be easy, but turns out we love gin too much to make the decison on what was to be classed as our best gins from across the world.
We narrowed it downt to five. But, we will more than happily, add when neccessary.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is firmly rooted in the ancient Spice Route. Traditionally merchants would travel thousands of miles along the route, trading exotic spices and botanicals from distant lands. The gin is crafted with a selection of exotic hand-picked botanicals, carefully chosen by Opihr’s Master Distiller, including spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, Black Pepper from India and Coriander from Morocco. The botanicals make the journey to their final destination in England where they are married with fine English spirit to produce a unique London Dry Gin.
We love this gin for the fact it is inspired by travel and discovery, and also the warming taste is perfect anytime of the year, but best enjoyed in winter, as it does taste quite Christmassy.
Enjoy Ophir with Ginger Ale which complements its spiciness, and for even more of a fiery finish, garnish with chilli
Blue Bottle Gin Guernsey, Channel Islands
Blue Bottle is crafted at a boutique distillery in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Blue Bottle has a unique combination of botanicals selected to create a delectable treat. There are notes of juniper, tropical scent of local gorse flowers, sweetness of nutmeg and a hint of cubeb pepper.
This gin is rich, warming and all encompassing. It's floral and ever so slightly sweet, a balance which works artfully over just an ice cube if you're so inclined
Blue Bottle is best served with a pink grapefruit garnish and tonic
Menorca, Balearic Islands
Menorca, the most easterly of the Balearic Islands, belonged to the British Crown for most of the 18th century. The story goes that sailors and soldiers stationed on the island frequented local taverns but were unable to find gin, the most popular drink of the day. Before long, a group of Mahon craftsmen found a solution to the problem. They imported juniper berries, which were not native to the island, and distilled gin using wine alcohol from Mediterranean vineyards.
You will find fragrance from juniper, green wood and herbs, you will also find a smooth citric undertone, all adding to the warm Mediterranean feel
Usually drunk in Fiestas, try 'Pomada' which is a large measure of Xoriguer and lemonde (locals would do 50 / 50 ) with plenty of ice and garnish with a slice of lemon
Caorunn is a small batch, quadruple-distilled Scottish Gin personally crafted by one man, Gin Master, Simon Buley. The gin is a classic London Dry style with a nod to Scotland in its recipe.
Caorunn is the Gaelic word for Rowan Berry – a Celtic botanical that forms the very soul of their gin. Infusing a total of eleven botanicals (wild and foraged) from Highland heather, dandelion, juniper berries, orange and lemon peel, along with using only the finest pure grain spirit and natural Scottish Water. This gin is a wonderful mixture of fresh, floral, citrus, slightly spicy and aromatic.
Caorunn is traditionally served with cool fizzing tonic and slices of red apple to highlight its aromatic flavour
Edinburgh Gin is an award winning Small batch distiller since 2010 with every bottle being produced at their West End and Leith Distilleries. Edinburgh Gin has a unique blend of fourteen botanicals includes lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts, orange peel, lemongrass and lime peel - which make this gin delightfully crisp with a smooth finish.
Edinburgh Gin has multiple variations of liqueurs as well as their classic gins. Try the classic with a zesty orange twist and tonic
Next time you are in Edinburgh, visit Heads & Tales Gin Bar which is also the Edinburgh Gin Distillery where you can take a tour. The gin bar is great for sampling the Edinburgh Gin collection.
We love our gins, and wuld love to know what is your favourite?