With gin, it’s all about quality, right? So why settle for less when you can have the best? Here 4 premium British gins you should know about and try.

Photo of a glass of gin and tonic with lime garnishing.
Gin & Tonic
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Gin has become a drink for any occasion. Gone are the days a fresh G&T was saved for summer afternoons and 21st birthday parties. 2019 marked the year that gin sales overtook vodka, and the spirit is now worth a staggering £1.9bn in the UK alone. Gin distilleries have grown by 30% in 1 year according to UHY Hacker Young, trebling growth since 2015. Why? Because a gin and tonic can be so versatile.

Unique flavour combinations and quality tonics have crept into households while emerging distilleries have invited customers to support local. Even the packaging is something to behold. Beautiful illustrations pressed on elegant bottles make the perfect gift, ornament or addition to the liquor cabinet. Gin has always been my drink, so allow me to introduce some of the best of British.

Chase Gin

This Great British Extra Dry gin is smooth & full-bodied,  perfectly balanced with juniper, spice and citrus.

Chase Distillery

Chase Distillery has built up a world-class reputation. The dedication and craftsmanship from this farming family are apparent, who focus on their famous potato field-to-bottle process. What I love about their brand is their commitment to sustainability, keeping ingredients local and British. A proud UK flag dicky bow tie graces the bottleneck of this gin.

Their bestselling GB gin is best served with ice, quality tonic, and garnished with a slice of fresh ginger. For something a little more flavourful, consider the Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo or Seville Marmalade. Enjoy Chase gin, made with love from farm to field.

Ingredients: (original gin) juniper, coriander seed, bitter almond, cinnamon bark, ginger, cloves, angelica root, liquorice root, lemon peel, and cardamom.

Cotswolds Gin

Distilled with nine carefully considered botanicals, our Cotswolds Dry Gin is a London Dry with an aromatic twist.

Cotswolds Distillery

It’s the quality and flavour of this gin that secures its premium spot. They’ve mastered what’s known as the ‘Cloudy G&T‘. It’s entirely exclusive to this brand. For those of you intrigued, this is the pearlescent cloud that appears when ice or tonic is combined with their distinguished gin. For a gin-lover, there’s nothing like it.

For its citrus notes, this gin is best served with a slice of pink grapefruit. For a burst of fierce flavours, you must try this award-winning gin.

Ingredients: (original gin) juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, local lavender, bay leaf, hand-peeled fresh lime and pink grapefruit zest, cardamom and black peppercorn

Edinburgh Gin

Photo of a purple gin with ice cubes.
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As a small-batch distiller, we produce a dynamic range of gins for every occasion, and we’re dedicated to guiding peoples’ discovery of the modern-day gin experience.

Edinburgh Gin

Edinburgh Gin has made distilling an art form. Based in Scotland’s capital city, they visually produce the rainbow with an enormous line of fanciful flavours. Boasting 18 unique flavours, this Scottish brand is a go-to for a taste like no other.

Among the best sellers is the remarkable Rhubarb and Ginger, beautifully bottled and a refreshing twist on their classic gin. I imagine myself sipping this from a large tumbler on the patio with friends. If you try any of these gin brands, make it this one.

Ingredients: (original gin) lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts, orange peel, lemongrass and lime peel

Sipsmith

Photo of a gin cocktail being poured into a glass.
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Lovingly made by hand in small batches, according to traditional techniques and with the highest-quality ingredients, our craft gin is smooth and rich enough for a Martini, yet balanced and sippable enough for a G&T.

Sipsmith

Sipsmith Gin is a British classic right from the capital. For a start, their packaging is gorgeous, which sets the bar high from the outset. From their base in Chiswick, London, Sipsmith produces some of Britains most popular gin. You’ll find this in most supermarkets, but rarely on offer. These bold and aromatic gins will have you drinking the day away. They serve their London Dry Gin with a slice of lime.

Ingredients: (original gin) juniper berries, lemon peel, orange peel, orris root, angelica root, coriander seed, cassia bark, ground almond, cinnamon bark, liquorice root

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If I’ve tickled your taste buds, don’t wait around. I’ve got one in hand as we speak.

Have you tried any of these British gins? What did you think?

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