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Best supermarket gin: top-quality spirits at bargain prices

Tesco, Aldi or Waitrose: who makes the best gin?

Best supermarket gin: top-quality spirits at bargain prices

Gin remains extremely popular in the world of spirits and you can now get supermarket own-brand booze without having to buy “value” lines.

Own-brand alcohol has typically been pretty poor over the years, with gin barely distinguishable from some cleaning fluid at times. Fortunately, things are different these days. There’s an astonishingly large range to choose from.

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Thanks to the country's increased appetite for the humble G&T, you can get everything from classic London Dry Gin to some crazy flavours in colours as striking as their tastes.

We’ve trawled the aisles for the best own-brand gins from the UK’s top supermarkets. Tonics at the ready.

Want to look further afield? Don't miss our best gins article, featuring some of the best gins in the world.

Best supermarket gin

Best supermarket gin

1. Co-op - Irresistible London Dry Gin

£17.50
View now at Co-op

If you like your gin smooth but complex, check out this number from Co-op. It’s distilled five times giving it a velvety feel.

There are 16 botanicals including classics, but also some more unusual ones like black pepper, lemon verbena, cardamom, cumin and rowanberry.

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2. Aldi - Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin

£9.99
View now at Aldi

It’s hard to believe this gin is under £10. Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell London Dry is a top-quality gin, and there’s no scrimping on meaures. You get a full 70cl.

Its ABV is a few percent off 40% but don’t let that put you off. This gin has won multiple awards due to its clean and crisp character. It has a traditional feel but there’s a subtle complexity you just wouldn’t expect at this price.

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3. Lidl - Hortus Citrus Garden Gin

£14.99
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No fewer than four of Lidl’s gins have won awards and we particularly like this Citrus Garden Gin from the Hortus range.

Botanicals are steeped for at least eight hours, and include lemon and orange for a hit of citrus. There’s also some bergamot for even more punch and the psychological warmth of a cup of earl grey tea.

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4. Tesco - Limehouse Aromatic Gin

£17.00
View now at Tesco

Inspired by the history of London's East End, Limehouse is produced specially for Tesco. Not only is it affordable, it tastes great too.

If you prefer more subtle flavours in your gin this will suit. A blend of botanicals gives it a balanced profile of juniper and citrus. Drink it neat or with your favourite mixer.

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5. Morrisons - M Best Gin

£16.00
View now at Morrisons

Some gins are triple distilled but Morrisons’s M Best has gone through the process no fewer than four times, making it very smooth.

If you like Tanqueray, this is a good budget alternative. It’s made at one of the country’s oldest distilleries with a range of eight different botanicals giving it a balanced profile between fruitiness and peppery spice.

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6. Asda Extra Special - Pink Gin

£16.00
View now at Asda

Asda has a huge range of own-brand gin with all kinds to choose from including a number of flavoured liqueurs.

We like the pink grapefruit and elderflower blend but this pink gin is a great choice if you want a proper gin with some fruit flavour. Alongside some typical botanicals, it’s infused with natural strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant making it a perfect summer-time gin.

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7. Sainsbury's - Orange & Blossom

£16.00
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Not all flavoured gin is pink so if you want something a bit different check out this orange and blossom gin from the 150th birthday range at Sainsbury’s.

At its heart this is a London Dry Gin made with eight different botanicals but also infused with orange, orange blossom and thyme. This gives it an unusual amber hue and a flavour profile that’s very fruity but also floral and a touch herbal.

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8. M&S - Dry Gin No.01 Spice

This top-notch dry gin has been specially made for M&S by Thames Distiller in London, led by master distiller Charles Maxwell.

At first taste it’s a classic London Dry Gin, but other flavours gradually appear surface thanks to botanicals like rosemary, ginger and coriander. It’s both “standard” and complex at the same time.

There’s also a No.02 Zest edition that has orange peel, liquorice, angelica and cassia.

In-store only

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9. Sainsbury’s - Blackfriars Gin

£16.00
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We love the fresh and lively aroma of the Blackfriars Gin, from Sainsbury's Taste The Difference range.

Similar to some others, it’s distilled four times and uses a range of 10 different botanicals. Overall, this provides a complex but balanced flavour. You really wouldn’t guess this was a sub-£20 gin in a blind taste test.

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10. Waitrose - Heston Citrus Sherbet Lazy Gin

£19.99 (was 24.99)
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High-end supermarket Waitrose has teamed up with culinary wizard Heston Blumenthal to create this curious gin.

The recipe might be secret but this apple-based gin is enhanced with citrus botanicals to give, as the name suggests, a lemon sherbet zing. Heston suggests serving it with mediterranean tonic and a stick of liquorice - a sherbet fountain in drink form.

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