Gin has never really gone of out of fashion, but this spectacular spirit is enjoying something of a resurgence of late. Increasingly popular with younger drinkers looking to broaden their horizons and those seeking something with a premium edge to transform cocktail hour, gin is a revelation. Ideal enjoyed neat with ice or a simple serving of tonic, it can also form the backbone of a truly terrific cocktail.
And if you’re curious to learn more about non alcoholic gin, check out our guide.
Best Gin Options | 2024
Whether you’re after something to introduce you to the world of gin and all its botanical beauty, or an established gin drinker keen to expand their collection with a new classic, we’ve put together a breakdown of some of the best gin currently available on the market. From bargain bottles to more premium options for those with a budget to break, you’ll find plenty of choice here.
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This mouth-watering gin is made with quality neutral grain spirit and infused with no less then ten botanicals, including signatures like juniper, coriander liquorice and citrus. It’s distilled for an average of eight hours, resulting in a superior end result that makes for maximum purity. This deliciously smooth gin is an ideal choice for those who value fullness of flavour above all else, with a refined result that allows it to be enjoyed neat over ice, or alongside your preferred tonic or ale. Definitely one you’ll want to add to your stocks. It’s also a fine gift idea if you’re looking for something to send a gin lover.
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If you’re after something a little different to broaden your gin horizons, this rhubarb gin concoction from Warner Edwards is certainly worth looking into. This award-winning gin (it scooped the 2015 Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition) is a great choice for those looking for something to whip up cocktails, with a very complex flavour that fully utilises the distinctive rhubarb character. You’ll love every second this scrumptious gin is on your palette, with a deep fruity flavour that peters out to a distinct dry finish. Bound to become a firm favourite.
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There’s a reason Bombay Sapphire Gin has remained so popular for so long. Don’t be put off by the relatively affordable price tag, this is a tried and tested option that millions across the globe reach for when looking for something to mix up a refreshing gin and tonic. Fresh citrus notes and bright botanicals lead the way with this satisfying gin, with a distinctly dry and profile that still packs a punch. It’s an ever-dependable option that can be enjoyed neat over ice or with a simple mix, while it’s versatile make-up makes it an ideal choice for cocktail hour. You’ll never go wrong with Bombay Sapphire.
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If you’re after a new adventure in gin drinking, Monkey 47 is an absolute must. This playful recipe is a bold bottle that packs plenty of flavour, with its distinctive name celebrating the impressive 47 botanicals used to produce a highly satisfying and complex end result. You’ll want to enjoy at least one or two glasses of this dry gin neat over ice, but it’s a definite go-to for those in the market for cocktails. This versatile gin makes a great base for more classic cocktails, while its bountiful list of botanicals means it’s also a premier choice for more exotic concoctions. Definitely worth investing in if you’re looking to expand your gin collection, it’ll also go down a storm with the more discerning gin lover.
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Didn’t think Cornwall and dry gin went hand in hand? Think again. Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin is an absolute revelation, with a nose that’s rich in fresh juniper scents and citrus notes, while the body is all about elegance and sweet sherbet flavours. You can also look forward to a very rewarding finish that’s both dry and crisp, while also packing plenty of smooth citrus flavours. This is certainly one that will bowl over gin connoisseurs. If you’re after something that will hold up equally well enjoyed neat as it will as part of a cocktail, Tarquin’s Cornish Dry Gin is the way to go.
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This is one of the more prestigious choices of gin out there. If you’re after something reigned in that will hold up well with simple preparation, this Rangpur gin is an absolute go-to. Made with well-picked botanicals and Rangpur limes, it’s an ideal option for when you’re after a gin that can be enjoyed simply with a shot of tonic or hint of ice. It also lends itself well to a complement of a twist. When it comes to replenishing your liquor cabinet with elegance, it’s an easy choice.
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Another classic from Tanqueray, this No. Ten Gin has earned its reputation for good reason. It’s a premium choice of gin that’s a beautiful balance of botanicals and crisp dryness, lending itself perfectly to being en joyed neat or as part of a simple cocktail. Expect fresh citrus notes and gentle botanicals, along with subtle shots of sweetness and a distinctive sherbet edge. This versatile bottle knows no bounds and will come in handy, time and again.
Final thoughts on Gin
No matter whether you’re a self-declared gin drinker, a gin club member or complete novice to this spectacular spirit, you’ve no shortage of options to get started with thanks to a booming market. You’ll definitely want to consider a few key points whenever splurging on a bottle to accompany your new gin glasses.
Looking for something simple to enjoy neat or over ice? Pick something with a bold profile that needs no complement or additional ingredients to heighten the beauty of what’s already there to enjoy. Looking for something to liven up cocktails?
You’ve even more to consider in this respect. You’ll want to reach for something versatile if you’re feeling experimental, while a more nuanced bottle will go a long way to produce those premier cocktail concoctions.And if you loved this article as much as we’ve enjoyed doing the research behind it, check out our piece on how gin is made.
Before I go, whilst these are my favourite bottles, I’ve also started to like the gin that Lidl make more and more and I don’t think I could forgive myself for leaving them off this post.