When the words “gin and tonic” roll off the tongue so easily, and indeed into each other so well, it is easy to forget the finer points of what goes into the well-loved drink. Rather than just a clear, colourless liquid that hides behind a glug of tonic and a squeeze of lime, gin has a history that goes back way beyond bathtubs and “mother’s ruin” (the story actually kicks off in Holland, though we’ll save that for another time).
So, in a bid to create “an impeccable gin”, Berry Bros & Rudd drafted in experts from The Mixellany Guide To Gin to help create No3 — a gin with, ahem, “exquisite pedigree and superlative breeding”. It combines three fruits, three spices, in three stages, made by a company that has been running for three centuries, at the handily located No 3 St James St, (yes, we got the No3 thing too). In spite of all that, you have our word that — taste-wise at least — this gin is more than just a gimmick.
No3 London Dry Gin, £33 for 70cl (www.no3gin.com)