Three of the best gins

Thanks to the current crop of luxury gins on the market, mother’s ruin has never tasted better. To be counted as a gin, the recipe must contain juniper (a tart, slightly citrussy, aromatic berry), though most are also made with a selection of botanicals that impart distinctive flavours. Bombay Sapphire — the vodka drinker’s gin— is perhaps the most neutral on the market, but for those with more adventurous tastes, here are three we’ve recently sampled.
 

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The London Gin 
An intriguing newcomerthis beautifully packaged, London-distilled spirit gets its turquoise hue from gardenia (one of 12 ingredients). It tastes as good as it looks — both spicy and smooth. £31; www.drinkon.com

 

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Hendrick’s 
From the apothecary-inspired bottle to the addition of rose and cucumber, this small-batch Scottish gin is self-consciously different. Its delicate, floral flavours make a great G&T (serve with a slice ofcucumber). £21; www.hendricksgin.co.uk

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Tanqueray
This has earned a permanent place in our drinks cabinet. Unafraid of demonstrating the full, crisp potential of juniper, tanqueray is a gin lover’s gin and makes a brilliant dry martini. £18; www.thedrinkshop.com