Gin types

| 14. November 2023

Nobody can ignore the ongoing gin trend at the moment. Gins made from a wide variety of herbs and fruits from all corners of the world are currently adorning the shelves of supermarkets, specialist retailers and online shops. The name of the spirit is derived from the French word for juniper 'genévrier'. This is because the berries from the juniper bush play a key role in gin. The EU Spirits Regulation of 2008 defines gin as a juniper-flavoured spirit drink obtained by flavouring ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin with juniper berries. EU law also stipulates a minimum alcohol content of 37.5% vol. If a juniper distillate has less alcohol, it may not be labelled as gin. The third requirement of the EU regulation is that only natural flavourings may be used, whereby the juniper flavour must remain predominant.

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Gin variety

In Europe, there are officially three types of gin: London (Dry) Gin, Dry Gin and Sloe Gin. A lot has happened on the gin market since the regulation came into force in 2008, giving rise to many other typical types of gin, including New Western Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, Cordial Gin, Reserve Gin, Compound Gin (Bathtub Gin) and Pink Gin.

But let's start from the beginning: London gin, or London dry gin, is certainly one of the best-known and most widespread varieties in Europe. Although the name suggests it, London Dry Gin does not necessarily have to come from London. However, it is a distilled gin and may only be flavoured with natural ingredients that are all added at the same time - the timing of the addition of fruit and herbs plays an important role here. No additional flavourings or sugar may be added afterwards. Even if it may seem so, London Dry Gin is not a protected designation of origin. Opinions differ as to where the 'London' in the name comes from. However, the origin is thought to lie in the fact that the very strict requirements for the production of this type of gin were established in 18th century London. A relatively 'young' London Dry Gin is the Sipsmith London Dry Gin, which has been produced at the first gin still operated in London for 200 years.

Beefeater Gin
Beefeater Gin
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Beefeater Gin (B-goods)
Beefeater Gin (B-goods)
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Bombay Gin Sapphire Vapour Infused - 1 litre
Bombay Gin Sapphire Vapour Infused - 1 litre
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Bombay Sapphire Gin Premier Cru - Murcian Lemon
Bombay Sapphire Gin Premier Cru - Murcian Lemon
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bulldog London Dry Gin
Bulldog London Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bulldog London Dry Gin - 1 litre
Bulldog London Dry Gin - 1 litre
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Cruzloma London Dry Gin
Cruzloma London Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Edinburgh Gin Classic
Edinburgh Gin Classic
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Elephant London Dry Gin in gift box (B-ware)
Elephant London Dry Gin in gift box (B-ware)
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Fords Gin with glass (B-goods)
Fords Gin with glass (B-goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Gordon's London Dry Gin
Gordon's London Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hayman's London Dry Gin
Hayman's London Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Dry gin must also be distilled. Only natural or nature-identical (i.e. identical to a corresponding naturally occurring substance in the case of synthetic production) spices and flavourings may be used. In contrast to London Dry Gin, the time at which the botanicals (= plants/plant extracts) are added is irrelevant, so they can also be added at different times. The use of nature-identical colourings is also permitted. The name suffix 'dry' does not necessarily refer to the flavour of the gin, but to the fact that it may not be sweetened afterwards. One Scottish dry gin is The Botanist Islay Dry Gin from the Bruichladdich distillery.

The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin (B-ware)
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin (B-ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cross Keys Botanical Small Batch Distilled Dry Gin
Cross Keys Botanical Small Batch Distilled Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bud Spencer Distilled Dry Gin
Bud Spencer Distilled Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Buckingham Palace Dry Gin
Buckingham Palace Dry Gin 13%
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Los Muertos Mexican Dry Gin
Los Muertos Mexican Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Citadelle Gin Rouge
Citadelle Gin Rouge
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cotswolds Dry Gin
Cotswolds Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Windspiel Navy Strength Premium Dry Gin
Windspiel Navy Strength Premium Dry Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
The Drunken Horse Gin
The Drunken Horse Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin (B-Goods)
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin (B-Goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hastings 1066 London Dry Gin
Hastings 1066 London Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bud Gin
Bud Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Illusionist Dry Gin in gift box (B-ware)
Illusionist Dry Gin in gift box (B-ware)
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Illusionist Dry Gin (B-ware)
Illusionist Dry Gin (B-ware)
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Saigon Baigur Dry Gin
Saigon Baigur Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Illusionist Dry Gin
Illusionist Dry Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin with Planter Box (B-Ware)
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin with Planter Box (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Cotswolds Dry Gin (B-Ware)
Cotswolds Dry Gin (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Buckingham Palace Coronation Gin /2023
Buckingham Palace Coronation Gin /2023
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin - 1.5 litres
The Botanist 22 Islay Dry Gin - 1.5 litres
1,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin (B-Goods)
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin (B-Goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Ki No Bi Tea Gin
Ki No Bi Tea Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin
Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Let's stay with the gin varieties without sugar. This includes the New Western Dry Gin. It is a new, modern variant in which the juniper flavour takes a back seat. Instead, cucumber or rose flavours, for example, or citrus notes are in the foreground. However, the juniper flavour must always be present so as not to forfeit the right to be called gin. A good example of this is Hendrick's Gin and a German representative of this category is The Duke Munich Dry Gin.

Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin with 2 balloon glasses (B-goods)
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin with 2 balloon glasses (B-goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Crystal Ball Shimmer Gin (B-Ware)
Crystal Ball Shimmer Gin (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Guava & Red Banana
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Guava & Red Banana
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hendricks Gin
Hendricks Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Ukiyo Japanese Blossom Gin
Ukiyo Japanese Blossom Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Californian Orange Irish Gin
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Californian Orange Irish Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin (B-Ware)
Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Californian Orange Irish Gin (B-ware)
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Californian Orange Irish Gin (B-ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Sardinian Citrus Irish Gin
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Sardinian Citrus Irish Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin with Glass (B-Ware)
Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin with Glass (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice (B-Ware)
Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Tanqueray Seville Gin
Tanqueray Seville Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Glendalough Wild Rose Irish Gin
Glendalough Wild Rose Irish Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Whitley Neill Gooseberry Gin
Whitley Neill Gooseberry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Bramble & Raspberry
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Bramble & Raspberry
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Generous Gin Organic - Coriander & Combava
Generous Gin Organic - Coriander & Combava
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bombay Citron Pressé Gin
Bombay Citron Pressé Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin
Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin with balloon glass (B-goods)
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin with balloon glass (B-goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Momotaro Gin Akainu
Momotaro Gin Akainu
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Black Tomato Gin
Black Tomato Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Whitley Neill Black Cherry Gin
Whitley Neill Black Cherry Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bivrost Arctic Gin
Bivrost Arctic Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Bimber Da Hong Pao Tea Gin (B-ware)
Bimber Da Hong Pao Tea Gin (B-ware)
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Peach & Passion Fruit - (B-Ware)
Brew Dog - LoneWolf Gin - Peach & Passion Fruit - (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Sweetened Old Tom gin is an original form of gin that fell into oblivion due to the spread of the many different dry gins. In the 18th century, the fusel oils produced during distillation made gin so bitter, almost undrinkable, that sugar was added to it to make it drinkable. This made Old Tom a favourite among gins. Haymans Old Tom Gin has been produced according to the original recipe since the 1870s and Tanqueray also produced a limited edition Old Tom Gin. The Cream Gin or Cream of the Valley Gin was created in a similar way: Here, cream or milk was added to the bitter-tasting distillate to soften it.

Gin Live Event Set, small (B-Goods)
Gin Live Event Set, small (B-Goods)
0,77/ l · incl.  VAT
Snow Globe Spiced Orange & Cranberry
Snow Globe Spiced Orange & Cranberry
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hayman's Clementine Snow Globe Gin Liqueur
Hayman's Clementine Snow Globe Gin Liqueur
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Gin Live Event Set, small
Gin Live Event Set, small
0,77/ l · incl.  VAT
Citadelle No Mistake - Old Tom
Citadelle No Mistake - Old Tom
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Snow Globe Spiced Orange & Cranberry (B-Goods)
Snow Globe Spiced Orange & Cranberry (B-Goods)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Gin Live Event Set, large
Gin Live Event Set, large
4/ l · incl.  VAT
Snow Globe Orange & Gingerbread
Snow Globe Orange & Gingerbread
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Hayman's Peach & Rose Cup
Hayman's Peach & Rose Cup
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Snow Globe Orange & Gingerbread (B-Ware)
Snow Globe Orange & Gingerbread (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Crystal Ball Shimmer Gin (B-Ware)
Crystal Ball Shimmer Gin (B-Ware)
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

An interesting gin trend comes from Spain: pink gin. As the name suggests, these are rose-coloured gins infused with strawberries or raspberries.

Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Gin
Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Mistral Dry Rosé Gin de Provence with two glasses (B-ware)
Mistral Dry Rosé Gin de Provence with two glasses (B-ware)
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
Malfy Gin Pink
Malfy Gin Pink
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Mermaid Pink Gin
Mermaid Pink Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Malfy Gin con Amarena
Malfy Gin con Amarena
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Bivrost Arctic Pink Gin
Bivrost Arctic Pink Gin
0,5/ l · incl.  VAT
MOM Love Pink Gin
MOM Love Pink Gin
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT

Sloe Gin

Sloe gin is made with sloes, because 'sloe' is the English word for the fruit of the blackthorn. According to EU regulations, sloe gin is not a gin but a liqueur. Nevertheless, it is labelled gin, even if the minimum alcohol content of 37.5% is not reached. Sloe gin is made by adding sloes and sugar to the already distilled gin. The berries also give the sloe gin its reddish colour.

Cordial Gin , which is rooted in the 19th century, has also been in the business for a long time. It is, so to speak, the successor to Old Tom gin: distillation technology was already better developed at this time, resulting in a less bitter spirit. Cordial was still sweetened, hence the name: a 'cordial' is a liqueur.

 

 

Reserve gin is a relatively new type of gin. As with wine, the 'reserve' in the name refers to the barrel storage. Gin is not usually stored in barrels, but only left to rest in neutral glass or steel containers. However, reserve gin is stored in wooden barrels, similar to other spirits such as whisky or brown rum, and thus absorbs flavours from these. In some cases, another drink, such as brandy, was previously stored in these barrels. As the production of reserve gin takes more time and also involves higher production costs, the price of the resulting gin also increases due to the storage in barrels.

A completely different production method is used for compound gin: For this, the individual botanicals are prepared in neutral alcohol (not distilled) and then mixed together. This often gives it a cloudy colour and, in the absence of filtering, the taste also changes over time. Compound gin is also known as 'bathtub gin'. This name comes from the fact that compound gin is also a popular way to make your own gin, for example in the bathtub.

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