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Christmas Gift Guide For Gin Lovers!

gin lovers christmas gift guideChristmas is just over a month away so it is definitely time to start your Christmas Gift Buying…that’s if you haven’t started already! If you have a friend or family member that loves Gin then you will enjoy reading this gift guide as it is a selection of Gins and Gin-themed gifts that are perfect to buy for gin lovers this Christmas.

The reason I decided to write this Gift Guide for Gin Lovers is because my friend loves Gin but she tends to buy the same gin every time as she is wary about buying a different one in case she doesn’t like it and then she has wasted her money. So this prompted my decision to write this post because I thought if I could get her a selection of different gins to try out then she could be more adventurous when she next orders a G+T at a bar or buys a bottle for home. Plus it it would give me …and you…some ideas of future gin gifts to buy for our friends and family.

I have gifted all of the samples I received to my gin-loving friend and also my brother (as he loves gin too!). I can tell you that they were both very impressed with the gin gifts and they are both looking forward to trying all of the samples they have been sent. I’m not normally a gin drinker however I will definitely be trying a G+T when I go round their houses over Christmas. I need to find out what I’ve been missing out on by not normally drinking gin and tonic!

For the purposes of this gift guide I have been sent press samples of all of the mentioned products so that I could feature them in this ‘Christmas Gift Guide For Gin Lovers‘. The photos and descriptions used are from the Gin websites and all prices are correct at the time of writing this post but are subject to change. Also P+P charges may apply when ordering from some of the websites.

kuro gin

KURO Gin is ‘Unquestionably Gin’. It is a premium, small batch Gin which is distilled at the renowned Langley Distillery. Langley have been distilling gin since the 1920s and they boast an unrivalled range of copper pot stills that date back to the mid 1800s. KURO Gin is distilled in a 300 litre copper still and they worked closely with Langley’s master distiller Rob Dorsett to perfect the KURO recipe!

Gin Description:- Aromatic Japanese botanicals balanced against a classic, complex, London Dry base. Bamboo & Silver Birch bring a hay-like earthiness with Spruce Needles building an intriguing alpine freshness.

Gin Strength :- 43%

Where To Order :- Click here to order a 700ml bottle of Kuro gin for £45.00 from the Kuro Gin website

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/kuroginuk    Facebook = facebook.com/KuroGinUK Instagram = instagram.com/kuroginuk

Gin Website :- www.kurogin.co.uk

rock rose gin

Rock Rose Rose Gin gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals. Dunnet Bay Distillers are located in the spectacular bay of Dunnet where the freshest of air and purest of water are in abundance. Their goal is to create spirits which reflect the Caithness way. They hand distill slowly, thoughtfully and passionately to create an exceptional product.
Each one meticulously chosen for their flavour properties to create the perfect taste.
After 55 experiments by Martin & Claire the final recipe was chosen to give a wee taste of Caithness and the very first batch was distilled on 17th August 2014.

Gin Description :- Flavourful and fresh, zesty yet berryful with a long smooth finish. This very northerly gin features an alluring botanical selection including locally harvested Rhodiola Rosea, Rowan Berries, Sea Buckthorn, Blaeberries, Verbena, Coriander Seed, Cardamom and Juniper.

Gin Strength :- 41.5%

Where To Order :- Click here to order a 700ml bottle of Rock Rose Premium Scottish Gin for £34.00 from the Dunnet Bay Distillers Website

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/RockRoseGin    Facebook = www.facebook.com/rockrosegin  Pinterest = www.pinterest.co.uk/rockrosegin

pothecary gin

Pothecary Gin was created by two friends who share a passion for organic, handcrafted, artisan produce. Martin Jennings and Lukasz Dwornik use the unusual process of distilling each botanical separately, and then blending them together before dilution, which yields optimum quality and incomparable aromas and flavours, producing an exciting gin that’s both well-balanced and refreshingly individual.

Gin Description :- Having hand-picked five distinct botanical ingredients from around the world, going against tradition with notes of Lavender, Mulberry and Honey, Pothecary Gin carefully blends the individually distilled components to create its unique aroma and flavour. The initial burst of soothing lavender aroma gives way to refreshing citrus, supported by Juniper, leading to a hint of Black Mulberry sweetness in tandem with the black tea and honey scent from the Tilia flowers. A smooth, Juniper led gin, with attractive layers of floral Lavender and honeyed Tilia, fresh notes of lemon, and a subtle richness from the Black Mulberries on the palate.

Gin Strength :- 44.8%

Where To Order :- Click here to order a 50cl bottle of Pothecary Gin for £39.60 from Hedonism Wines

Social Media Links :- Twitter =  twitter.com/PothecaryGin  Facebook = facebook.com/PothecaryGin       Instagram = instagram.com/pothecarygin

turncoat gin

Turncoat is a distillery born out of secrecy and rebellion.  Their Head Distiller turned rebel and founded a distillery in 2017.  Having been one of the original craft brewers in the UK since 2010, Terry went Turncoat and began a distillery in Liverpool.  The small team at Turncoat are secret distillers, based in unrevealed settings, releasing unexpected spirits. Their passion is for experimentation and pushing boundaries. Their flagship Gin, released in May 2017, is a result of many months of finding balance, smoothness and the best processes. The distillery is an artisanal hand crafted affair founded in Liverpool.  Using botanicals and ingredients from home and the far side of the world, Turncoat is about raising standards and expectations.  Inspired by secret Turncoats throughout history, the distillery pushes the boundaries of British refinement and its understated approach to excellence.

Gin Description:- A handcrafted confident London Dry Gin. A very forward and long lasting Juniper flavour with a spicy dry or nutty finish brought along by 11 botanicals including U.S Black Walnut Leaf.  Works very well as a sipping gin, or in a Pink Gin using Turncoat’s own House Bitters.  Alternatively using best Indian or our preferred Mediterranean tonic with a grapefruit and pomegranate seed garnish.  Turncoat Gin is a versatile Gin and open to experimentation.

Gin Strength :- 40%

Where To Order :-  Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Turncoat London Dry Gin for £40 from Amazon UK

Social Media Links :-  Facebook = facebook.com/weareturncoat   Twitter = twitter.com/weareturncoat

Uncle Vals Gin

Uncle Val’s is a small-batch botanical gin inspired by Zio Valerio’s love of gardening and native tuscan cuisine. The botanicals are not only Uncle Val’s favorite cooking ingredients, but also happen to make an exceptionally unique and smoothly delicious gin.

Gin Description :-

Juniper adds a dash of that distinctive “gin” taste to Uncle Val’s. Cucumber adds a cooling effect to the taste, along with subtle freshness cues. Lemon: the citrus zing provides balance amongst the botanicals, along with the added benefit of crispness. Sage helps make you feel more alert, calm and contented, with the effects lasting. Lavender is historically used for its calming effect and it reduces stress.

Gin Strength :- 45%

Where To Order :- Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin for £39.95 from the Fairleys-Wines website

Sample was sent to me by Artisan Spirits Company – UK importers of Uncle Val’s Gin

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/ArtisanSpiritCo  Facebook = facebook.com/artisanspiritscompany/  Instagram =  instagram.com/artisanspiritscompany/

Griffo Gin

Griffo is a family-run operation with an emphasis on high quality, California-grown ingredients and meticulous craftsmanship. From formal analysis to custom still controls of their own design, they infuse every step of the spirit-making process with ingenuity and precision—merging craft and science to create spirits that are both beautiful and complex.

Gin Description:- This gin is distilled in the London Style. It is a light, crisp and fresh twist on the traditional English gin. The gin is mixed with the perfect balance of botanicals inside the pot still and distilled in a single run. This process takes intensive preparation and attention to detail. They believe this is the only way to create the beautiful, soft complexity that is our trademark. They have sourced only the finest botanicals for their initial offering, Scott Street Gin. They believe that the best gin they can make comes from the simple and raw expression of these superior botanicals.   Their juniper is delicious and grown in the wild. Meyer lemons are balanced with the warmth of grains of paradise and the complexity of coriander. Russian River Valley water shapes their gin into a supple and bright pour.

Gin Strength :- 46%

Where To Order:- Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Griffo Scott Street Gin for £43.84 from the Master Of Malt website

Sample was sent to me by Artisan Spirits Company – UK importers of Griffo Scott Street Gin

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/ArtisanSpiritCo  Facebook = facebook.com/artisanspiritscompany/  Instagram =  instagram.com/artisanspiritscompany/

colonsay gin

In 2016 Finlay and Eileen Geekie moved to the tiny, remote Hebridean island of Colonsay to start their new business – Wild Thyme Spirits. Since moving to the Isle of Colonsay they have created Colonsay Gin and they have also started a Gin Lover’s Retreat.

Colonsay Gin takes its inspiration from a mixture of Celtic folklore and the natural Hebridean beauty of the island. Their Gin is hand-made in small batches of 160 bottles to a recipe that is closely guarded by their special helper, ALVA, a delightful, red-haired maiden, who lives at the home of Wild Thyme Spirits – Tigh na Uruisg – which means Home of the Spirit.

Gin Description:- A small batch, hand-made, premium Scottish Gin, in the style of a classic London Dry Gin, slightly stronger at 47% ABV to accentuate the full flavour of the botanicals that they use which consistently produce a fantastic, juniper led, premium quality gin. Made with a simple but robust selection of botanicals including juniper, Angelica Root, Calamus Root, and Coriander, Colonsay Gin is bottled at 47% ABV, making it a good choice for cocktails and mixed drinks.

Gin Strength :- 47%

Where To Order:- Click here to order a 50cl bottle of Colonsay Gin for £38.50 from the Wild Thyme Spirits website.   Use Discount Code FGB001 to get 10% off!

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/colonsaygin   Facebook = facebook.com/WildThymeSpirits

colonsay gin art print

You can buy a limited edition Giclee fine art print of Colonsay Gin branding on 300gsm smooth art paper, mounted on art board ready for framing. There are 50 available and each print is numbered 1/50 – 50/50.

I was sent a limited edition Colonsay Gin Art Poster but as they no longer have these available my suggestion to you as a Christmas Gift Idea would be either an unframed or framed art print.

“In Celtic folklore every house had a Brownie or Spirit, or in Gaelic, an Uruisg {oor-isk} to help with household chores.  ALVA is a delightful, red-haired maiden, a very special Brownie with supernatural powers, a Gruagach {groo-ah-gak}. Long, long ago she somehow survived when her Viking long boat crashed on Colonsay’s unforgiving rocks. She stumbled ashore and took shelter at Tigh na Uruisg {tee-na-oor-isk}, or Home of the Spirit, where she remains to this day. She uses all her powers to protect her secret recipes from those desperate to know. With an alchemist’s touch she transforms humble botanicals into gin”

Where To Order:-

Click here to order a Limited Edition unframed Colonsay Gin Art Print for £25.00 from the Wild Thyme Spirits website. 

Click here to order a framed Colonsay Gin Art Print for £55.00 from the Wild Thyme Spirit website. 

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/colonsaygin   Facebook = facebook.com/WildThymeSpirits

da mhile

Dà Mhìle Distillery’s mission is to produce only top quality spirits at an honest price.  They commissioned the world’s first organic whisky to be distilled at Springbank distillery in 1992. Since then, their family run business has expanded and moved onto our farm west Wales where they make a variety of organic spirits and liqueurs. Their Small Batch Botanical Gin is made with 100% organic ingredients.

Gin Description:- This artisan farmhouse gin is made with 18 botanicals. The nose is subtle fresh rose petals, then spice and a hint of juniper. The initial palate is floral with bitter, fresh notes of dandelion and peppery cloves. The texture is silky, exuding a superb botanical mouth-feel finished by intense juniper tones and peppermint cool.

Gin Strength :- 42%

Where To Order:- Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Dà Mhìle Small Batch Botanical Gin for £30.00 from the Dà Mhìle Distillery website

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/DaMhile    Facebook = facebook.com/DaMhile  Instagram = instagram.com/damhiledistillery

 

tiger-gin

JJ Lawrence “ a Shropshire Lad” born and bred has a passion for Gin! Whilst drinking it one night he thought to himself wouldn’t it be amazing to follow his passion and produce his very own Gin, a new class of luxury British Spirit! After realising it would take too long to hone the craft of distilling he decided to source the best distiller he could find and it happened to be just 30 minutes away! JJ was on a mission to create the best tasting Gin in the world and he wanted to call it TIGER GIN. The master distiller and JJ worked tirelessly on developing the formula to create an incredible taste however they never expected a court battle against a Multi- Billion pound Global empire just so they could call it ‘TIGER GIN’! They weren’t going to be beaten though and after a long and drawn out fight they won and you can now buy TIGER GIN…as planned.
Gin Description :- TIGER GIN use only the finest botanicals and spices, carefully chosen and sourced each year from the best harvests from around the world. A complex formula that gives a taste infusion that is both smooth and sweet. Distilled and bottled with great care in England, UK. It is hand crafted by artisan master distillers, using traditional methods in a copperpot with the best quality grain alcohol and pure English water.  Dried orange & lemon peel combine to give this gin a sweet citrus nose and taste, whilst dried angelica root adds an earthy, woody backdrop. Coriander seeds and cassia bark help to add warm eastern spice notes which adds depth to this gin. Finally, two unknown secret ingredients complete the melange to give Tiger Gin its unique, individual taste.

Gin Strength :- 40%

Where To Order :- Click here to buy a 70cl bottle of Tiger Gin for £39.95 from the 31DOVER website

Social Media Links :- Facebook :-  facebook.com/tigergin.uk  Twitter :-  twitter.com/TheTigerGin   Instagram :- instagram.com/thetigergin

 
herno gin

Back in 1999 Jon Hillgren went to London together with a few friends to start working as bartenders. He quickly discovered gin and instantly fell in love with it. During the years that followed, his passion for the drink evolved into gin crafting, and after lots of gin tasting, academic studies and technical visits to distilleries around the world, Jon finally founded the Hernö Gin Distillery in 2011. At the time, it was Sweden’s first dedicated gin distillery and the world’s northernmost gin distillery. As testament to Jon’s dedication and passion for creating beautiful gin, Hernö was recently crowned the World’s Best Gin.

Gin Description:-  A round and smooth London dry gin, with a juniper character, fresh citrus notes and a floral complexity which makes the gin very enjoyable on its own. All Hernö gins are one-shot-gins, only diluted with water, from their own well, and not chill filtered. They use eight carefully selected organic botanicals from around the world to make their award winning Hernö Gin.  Juniper berries from Hungary, Coriander seeds from Bulgaria, Lemon that they peel by hand, Lingon berries from Sweden, Meadowsweet from the United Kingdom, Black Pepper from India, Cassia from Indonesia and fresh Vanilla from Madagascar. Today Hernö Gin is the most awarded gin in Europe 2013–2017 and they were honoured with the World’s best Gin 2017! In partnership with Fever-Tree, the Herno Gift Set contains a 500ml bottle of Herno Gin and 2 x 200ml Fever-Tree Tonic Waters.

Gin Strength :- 40.5%

Where To Order :- Click here to order the Herno Gin and Tonic Gift Set for £38.95 from the Hernö gin website

Social Media Links :- Instagram :- instagram.com/hernogin  Twitter :- twitter.com/hernoginuk     Facebook :- facebook.com/hernogin

 

strane gin

Strane is made by and at Smögen Whisky, a small craft distillery on the Swedish west coast, by the salty seafront to the North Sea. They have been producing malt whisky since 2010 and now they have broadened their portfolio of superior quality craft products with their Strane London Dry Gin.  It is made to make an impression and to offer a distinctive taste, from each very small batch that they produce. They use just a tiny 100 litre pot still, so they do not make much. But they do take all the more care of each centiliter of what they do make, using plenty of high quality botanicals for every charge of the still. The Strane Gin sample was sent to me by Robert Ransom who is the UK importer of Strane.

Gin Description :- No ordinary gin – Full bodied with depth of character and an oily, complex body. A thoroughbreed, handcrafted in very small batches. Strane Merchant Strength is their standard offering, at a hearty 47,4 % alc/vol and bristling with character, it emphasizes the smoothness that the high copper contact in their tiny whisky pot still offers to the spirit, while also providing sincere depth and strength of character, led by juniper, coriander seeds and the herbal contents, in particular mint.

Gin Strength :-  47,4 %

Where To Order :- Click here to buy a 50cl bottle of Strane Gin Merchant Strength for £37.00 from the Master of Malt website.

Social Media Links :- Twitter :-   twitter.com/straneginuk

 

bathtub gin

  • Bathtub Gin

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin used to be made in small batches of just 60 bottles until its popularity forced production to take place on much larger scale.  Ableforth’s multi award-winning gin which is made using a traditional method known as cold compounding. Each bottle is wrapped entirely by hand using paper, twine and wax – taking its inspiration from Victorian apothecaries. A favourite amongst amateur and professional mixologists alike, Bathtub Gin is also absolutely perfect in a classic Gin & Tonic.

Gin Description :- Bathtub Gin is a small batch, cold compounded gin, made using juniper, coriander, clove, cinnamon, orange peel and cardamom being infused in high quality copper pot-still spirit. A creamy mouth-feel with a juniper-forward palate, joined by earthy spices and a playful touch of citrus.

Gin Strength:-  43.3%

Where To Order :-  Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Bathtub Gin for £32.50 from the Drink Finder website

Social Media Links :- Twitter :-  twitter.com/Ableforths   Facebook :-facebook.com/Ableforths   Instagram :-  instagram.com/ableforths   Google+ :- Ableforths on Google+

power bank

This portable power bank has a Gin and Tonic design on it and the way it is packaged makes it look like a glass of G+T!  It is a 2600 mAh Lithium-Ion battery portable power bank and it comes with a micro-USB cable charging cable. This can also be used to charge iPhones as it comes with an Apple lightning adaptor. It has protection against short circuit and high temperature plus it has a 4-LED battery indicator to tell you how much charge is left on the battery.  The power bank comes 50% pre-charged from the box which is always a bonus!

Where To Order :- Click here to buy the CHJGD 2600mAh Gin and Tonic Design Power Bank for £14.99 from the Charged Power website

Social Media Links :- Facebook :-  facebook.com/chargedpowerofficial     Twitter :-  twitter.com/chargedpower     Instagram :- instagram.com/chargedpowerofficial   YouTube :- Charged Power YouTube Channel

ragnarok gin

Ragnarök handcrafted gin is small batch distilled in a copper pot still using a base spirit made from Swedish winter barley, harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery in Northern Sweden.

Gin Description:- This copper pot still gin from Sweden uses a base spirit that’s made from local Swedish winter barley. The folk at Tevsjö then use 8 botanicals including juniper, lingonberries, caraway and dill, before bringing the gin down to a bottling strength of 44% with mountain spring water.

Gin Strength :- 44%

Where To Order:- Click here to order a 70cl bottle of Ragnarök Gin for £33.23 from the Master Of Malt website

Social Media Links :- Twitter = twitter.com/TenBearsSpirits     Facebook = facebook.com/RagnarokGin  Instagram = instagram.com/ragnarokgin

windspiel

  • Windspiel Tonic Water And Sommernachtstraum Lemonade Cans

– Windspiel Sommernachtstraum lemonade comes without any alcohol, but with the best aromas and a trace of carbonic acid: guaranteed to seduce your taste buds. An experience for the senses with elderflower blossoms and lemon: Windspiel Sommernachtstraum lemonade!

– Windspiel Tonic Water complements gins beautifully. Sparkling and tangy, it delights with mineral water, fresh lemon, and quinine, making it an unequivocally refreshing experience.

Where To Order:-

Click here to order Windspiel Tonic Water for 200ml can for £1.70 from Urban Drinks UK

Click here to order Windspiel Sommernachtstraum Lemonade 200ml can for £1.90 from Urban Drinks UK

(Artisan Spirits company sent a couple of Windspiel cans to me along with the Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin and Griffo Gin Samples. )

Social Media Links :- Twitter :-  twitter.com/urbandrinksuk   Facebook :- facebook.com/urbandrinksuk  Instagram :-  instagram.com/urban_drinks/

 

Thank you to all the brands that kindly gifted me samples of their gin and gin-themed gifts to use as inspiration for my gift guide.  Merry Christmas to you all! 🎅🦌❄️

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