Cheers! It’s gin o’clock

There are few sit­u­a­tions that can’t be im­proved by a strong gin and tonic– why not plump for one of these?

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Silent Pool Gin

Founded in the spring of 2014, Silent Pool Dis­tillers was set up with the vi­sion of cre­at­ing hand­crafted, pre­mium spir­its. Its multi-award-win­ning Silent Pool Gin is pro­duced in small batches us­ing a cus­tom-made still, which is heated by steam from a re­claimed English boiler fired on lo­cal hard­wood. (www.silent­pools­dis­; 01483 229136)

Fifty Pounds Gin

Fifty Pounds is a quintessen­tially English and ir­re­sistibly smooth London Dry Gin. Its name goes back to the gin craze of the 18th cen­tury, when one in three houses dis­tilled gin of du­bi­ous qual­ity. In 1736, an an­nual levy of £50 was in­tro­duced to any­one dis­till­ing gin in an ef­fort to put an end to poor pro­duc­tion. Fifty Pounds Gin is batch dis­tilled 1,000 bot­tles at a time, with each bot­tle show­ing the batch num­ber and the year of dis­til­la­tion. On the palate, it’s smooth yet com­plex, open­ing with ju­niper then fol­lowed by the cit­rus con­stituents and a hint of spice.

(www.fifty­pounds­; 020–7724 5009)

Sal­combe Gin

Ex­cep­tion­ally smooth, dis­tinct and com­plex, Sal­combe Gin Start Point is an award-win­ning clas­sic London Dry Gin. It is hand­crafted in a beau­ti­ful 450l Arnold Hol­stein cop­per still in Sal­combe, Devon, in one of the few dis­til­leries in the world di­rectly ac­ces­si­ble by boat. Cit­rus led, Start Point com­bines three fresh cit­rus peels— ruby grape­fruit, lemon and lime—with Mace­do­nian ju­niper, English co­rian­der seed and cubeb for an ex­tremely well bal­anced and mor­eish gin. (www.sal­combe­; 07801 737661)

Fox­den­ton Gin

Fox­den­ton Es­tate Gin uses the best York­shire Rhubarb to pro­duce a per­fectly bal­anced gin liqueur. This sea­sonal tip­ple boasts sum­mer fruits and herbs on the nose, with well-rounded acid­ity and plenty of rhubarb on the palate. This is the sev­enth gin in the col­lec­tion, which also in­cludes Fox­den­ton’s London Dry Gin, a COUN­TRY

LIFE Great Bri­tish Gin Awards 2016 Gold la­bel win­ner.

(­den­; 01280 824855)

Pinkster Gin

Pinkster’s botan­i­cals in­clude rasp­ber­ries. Real ones. The ones that grow on bushes. Deliciously dry, with a hint of fruit and an ex­cep­tion­ally smooth fin­ish, Pinkster makes a re­fresh­ingly dif­fer­ent G&T, es­pe­cially when served with fresh mint. It is avail­able from dis­cern­ing re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Ocado and Ma­jes­tic Wine.

(www.pinkster­; 01763 849739)

Ma­sons York­shire Gin

Ma­sons York­shire Gin has gone from strength to strength, hav­ing won nu­mer­ous awards in world­wide com­pe­ti­tions. Dis­tilled in a cop­per alem­bic still called ‘Steve’, this dis­tinctly unique gin is the first to be cre­ated in York­shire and each 70cl bot­tle bears its own hand­writ­ten batch and bot­tle num­ber. With its tra­di­tional slow dis­til­la­tion method, pure York­shire wa­ter and the right bal­ance of ju­niper, cit­rus el­e­ments and se­cret botan­i­cal ra­tio, its cre­ators are proud to call this the orig­i­nal Ma­sons York­shire Gin.

(­son­sy­ork­shires­; 01677 426467)

Gun Dog Gin

These tra­di­tion­ally steeped, gin­based liqueurs are made by hand in small batches in Here­ford­shire us­ing only lo­cal, sea­sonal fruit. Avail­able in a va­ri­ety of bot­tle sizes and flavours, in­clud­ing black­cur­rant, dam­son, quince, rasp­berry and rhubarb, they are per­fect alone, in Prosecco or as a base for a wide range of cock­tails.

(info@gun­dog­; 07971 963170)

Bedrock Gin

Since its cre­ation in 2008, Bedrock’s sin­gu­lar smooth­ness and re­fresh­ing cit­rus char­ac­ter have led to it be­ing dec­o­rated at some of the in­dus­try’s most pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional awards— in­clud­ing a Gold at the 2017 Gin Masters. You might say this is hardly sur­pris­ing for a gin per­fected through the pa­tient crafts­man­ship of a mas­ter dis­tiller and boast­ing a unique blend of botan­i­cals, in­clud­ing Cum­brian kiln-dried oak bark. Bring­ing ex­cep­tional smooth­ness and clean, ac­ces­si­ble warmth to the vi­brancy of its botan­i­cals, Bedrock is a gin to un­der­line and el­e­vate those special mo­ments. For more gin­spi­ra­tion, fol­low @Ginbedrock.

(www.bedrock­; 0151–709 9055)

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