World Gin Day takes place 12 June and it's a celebration of all things, well, gin. It's the day of the year when you polish your posh glass and sample fantastic gin the world has to offer.
To celebrate the day, we've been sampling a whole load of new gin for you to try - most of these aren't yet in our gin guides but are fantastic drinks in their own right and do something a little bit different, and that's what caught our eye and taste buds.
Below are the the gins you should taste on World Gin Day. If you are just looking for more awesome gins to drink then head to the following lists:
- If you are after a great gin to try, then head to our best gin guide
- Our best flavoured gin guide is for those who like a bit of colour to their drink
- Make sure you are matching your gin with the best tonic water around.
- If you are looking for cheaper gin then head to our best supermarket gin list
We are big fans of the Bucks Brothers Buckinghamshire Dry Gin. Small batch from a copper pot, what you get is passion in every bottle (each one has a hand-written note on it too). Eight botanics make up the taste and it leans nicely with liquorice and citrus, with a nice dollop of blackberry.
Keepr Classic London Dry Gin with British Honey
Yep, you're bloody right we are recommending a gin with honey for World Gin Day. It adds a silkiness to the drink and works really well with the other botanicals on board, including warming vanilla and a zing of citrus. It’s not as sweet as you think, either, with the honey more of a lingering, luscious aftertaste.
Roku Gin is up there with the very best. Distilled using six Japanese botanicals, there’s a mix of spice and sweetness in every sip - it really is a masterclass of gin making. Okay, so this one isn’t new but if you have yet to try a gin that’s not made in the UK, then this one is an absolute must.
Aval Dor Cornish Gin
We always love a gin that is made from the botanicals that surround the distillery. And that is exactly what is going on with the Aval Dor Cornish Gin. There’s a punchiness of fresh fruit from the drink, with juniper, coriander and a sprinkle of spices added to the mix. This is a really refreshing gin (and a little more viscous than you’d expect) and goes great in a G&T.
Salcombe Gin: Voyager Series - Daring
Dartmoor National Park is the key to Salcombe Gin. The water in the national park is a big ingredient for this fantastic-tasting gin and all made at the distillery. Made from a traditional copper still, the gin uses Macedonian juniper and the Daring Series, which is a collab with Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth uses fragrant fennel, seashore herbs and warming allspice to create a really unique-tasting gin. Mix it with a good Indian tonic and it tastes fantastic. Only 10,000 bottles will be made so this is a very special release.
Bullards Coastal Gin
We love Bullards Gin, not just for its drink but how you can get it. There is an eco pouch version you can buy if you already have a bottle which is a brilliant thing to offer. As for the gin - we’ve been supping the Coastal version - which offers up a good dollop of citrus, with a hint of salt. When you add your tonic, there’s a lovely sheen that happens to the drink. Great stuff.
Sir Captain Tom’s Limited Edition Barrel Aged Gin
This gin, from the Otterbeck Distillery, celebrates the extraordinary life of Sir Captain Tom and has been aged in a Bourbon cask and bottled at 50%. There are only 100 bottles produced so this one is a very limited edition. The great thing about the bottle is that all profits will be donated to the Captain Tom Foundation.
Portobello Road Savoury Gin
If you aren’t sold by the amazing bottle, then the taste will. Made with bags of juniper and citrus, this is a dry gin that also has olive and rosemary in there. We may not be able to get to the med, but put this one in your glass with a tonic water and you are halfway there.
Heather Infused Irish Gin
Grace O’Malley is better known for its award-winning Blended Irish Whiskey but it has launched a brand-new release which is: Heather Infused Irish Gin. 14 botanicals and aromas from the West Coast of Ireland are used to create a distinctive drink that is a real herbal finish.