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Eight types of gin you should know about

Gin is a diverse drink. Nowadays, both older recipes and modern varieties are available. In this article, we shine a spotlight on eight sorts of gin in our range so you can find out more about them.

Let me set the scene. You’re in a bar. You order a gin and tonic. You’re asked what type of gin you want. You let them reel off a list of everything they have before you pick the same one you always do. Sound familiar?

But gin has more to offer than just that distinct flavour. The versatility of gin starts as early on as the distilling process. Read on to discover the differences between types of gin and learn how to detect the various tastes.

Official types of gin

The distilling process for official types of gin is subject to regulations. Only distilleries that comply with these rules can bear the gin title. However, location-specific gin is exempt. In their case, legislation covers the drink’s origin rather than its production.

Dry gin

Alongside London Dry, dry gin is the world’s most popular variety. The «dry» in the name explains that it isn’t sweet. Numerically speaking, that means only 0.1 grams of sugar can be added per litre during distillation. When it comes to dry gin, producers also aren’t allowed to include botanical ingredients and spirit flavourings. One of the most popular botanicals in dry gin is citrus fruit such as lemon and orange, while juniper notes are most distinct in the flavour.

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Saar Dry Gin (Gin, 1 x 50 cl)
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Dry Gin (Gin, 1 x 70 cl)
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London Dry gin

Believe it or not, the name doesn’t have anything to do with where London Dry is produced. Instead, it has more of a historical significance. Unlike dry gin, London Dry cannot have any artificial flavours added. Although sugar is considered a natural substance, there are rules on how much the gin can contain. A maximum of 0.5 grams of sugar per litre is permitted. Usually, this type of gin also has a predominant juniper character, which is refined with spices such as cardamon, ginger and coriander.

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Distilled gin

Only gin that has been distilled twice can be called distilled gin. This helps to set premium gin apart from normal types. However, the word «distilled» in the name can be misleading and make you think other gin isn’t distilled. On the contrary, every gin undergoes this process. The difference is, most are only distilled once. Interestingly, the flavours and aromas of distilled gin can’t be altered after the second distillation. This type of gin often falls into the category of London Dry or New Western.

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Sloe gin

Strictly speaking, sloe gin isn’t really gin – it’s more of a liqueur. Thanks to its composition, it is considered part of the group of gin spirits. At around 30%, even its alcohol content doesn’t match that of standard gin. But in terms of colour and flavour, sloe gin comes into its own. It is best suited to cocktails because of its fruity, sweet notes, but it can just as easily be enjoyed on its own.

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Schwarzwald Sloe Gin (Likör, 1 x 50 cl)
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Plymouth gin

This type of gin hails from the English port city of Plymouth. Crucially, only gin that is distilled in Portsmouth itself can be classed as Plymouth gin. These days, Black Friars distillery is the only remaining place in the city to produce it according to the original recipe. Compared to dry gin, Plymouth gin has a more subtle juniper berry flavour. The Plymouth variety is also slightly fuller-bodied and has an earthy aroma.

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Unofficial types of gin

Not bound by rules and regulations, unofficial types of gin have more room for experimentation.

Old Tom gin

Old Tom gin is the precursor to present-day gin. When Old Tom was first produced, the spirit was hard to savour because of its flavour and high alcohol content. The distillers managed to solve this problem by adding sugar. These days, this gin is usually enjoyed in cocktails.

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Barrel-aged gin and reserve gin

The classic dry gin and London Dry are used as the base for barrel-aged and reserve gin. After distilling, the gin is stored in wooden barrels that previously housed brandy or whisky. As a result, the gin takes on a golden yellow colour, which is where the nickname yellow gin comes from. Barrel-aged and reserve gin takes on flavour from the casks, thereby lending it its unique aroma.

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Bathtub Cask Aged Gin (Gin, 1 x 50 cl)
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New Western gin

New Western dry gin is a completely new take on dry gin. In fact, this category of gin only emerged at the start of the 21st century. The distillate used in New Western features a variety of flavours that have the same intensity as the classic, typical juniper aroma.

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Saffron Boudier (Gin, 1 x 70 cl)
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You can find the World Drinks Award 2017 gin tasting set here:

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User flückigerag

Die Sektierer nehmen zu. Sie sind neu auch gegen draussen rauchen, gegen Fleisch essen und überhaupt gegen alles, was nicht zu 100% deckungsgleich mit der eigenen Weltanschauung ist. Intolerant wie alle Radikalen.

14.11.2017
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User mariella.schneiter

Ich gehörte bisher genau zu denen, wie eingangs beschrieben: Wenn einmal einen Gin, dann die ganze Karte durchschauen und dann doch immer den gleichen aussuchen... Das nächste Mal werde ich etwas Neues ausprobieren. Danke für diesen Beitrag. Ich lerne immer gerne dazu, egal auf welchem Gebiet!

16.11.2017
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User thecocktailguide

Beim Bathtub Gin handelt es sich vielmehr um einen Compound Gin als um einen Barrel Aged Gin. Dabei werden die Botanicals wie bei jedem Gin im Alkohol mazeriert. Der Gin wird dann jedoch ohne Destillation gefiltert und abgefüllt. Die Botanicals sorgen hierbei für die Färbung, nicht das Fass.

25.11.2017
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User Tanja Schütz

Stimmt, habe den falschen Bathtub erwischt, natürlich sollte der Cask Aged rein. Da dieser aber jetzt nicht mehr Lieferbar ist, haben wir das Produkt komplett ausgetauscht. Danke für den Hinweis.

29.11.2017
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User desion70

Ich halte es nicht für nötig dass sich jeder mit Alkohol auskennt.

20.10.2017
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User Anonymous

Schön für dich 😊
Anderen interessiert es.
Mir z.B. Wieso solle es nicht okay sein was darüber zu wisse, lernen oder berichten..?
Sorry aber so ein Einstellung is einfach nur Gift. Suchst Du explizit nach Beiträgen die in Deinen Augen Menschen nicht lesen sollten?

22.10.2017
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User Tanja Schütz

Hallo desion70

Vielleicht findest du im Magazin bei über 200 Beiträgen ein Thema, das dich mehr anspricht.

LG Tanja

23.10.2017
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User desion70

Ich sagte nicht das es nicht ok ist sich dafür zu interessieren, aber die Überschrift suggeriert, dass jeder sich damit auskennen sollte und der Meinung bin ich nicht.

24.10.2017
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User tschaffner

Da hast du dich jetzt aber schön ins Abseits gestellt Desion.

14.11.2017
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User Chriscasa

Heyy desion, ist dir etwa langweilig? so wie mir gerade da ich auch nichts besseres zu tun habe, als dich anzupinnen wegen deinem überflüssigen kommentar. wer sich mit alkohol auskennt verfällt auch nicht gerade in eine problematische situation damit... think about.

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