Have you tried the top 10 East Anglian gins yet?
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On World Gin Day, we reveal some of the best local gins to try out over the weekend.
Cheers! It's World Gin Day on Saturday. And with hundreds of types of the distilled spirit to choose from, from dry, to sweet, floral, bitter and even salty, there's definitely something for everyone to try.
What do we recommend? Something from our region of course. East Anglia has several excellent, award-winning distillers, each offering something rather different.
So go stock up on tonic and 'twists', polish your finest glasses and get ready to celebrate a British institution.
1. Adnams Copper House Dry Gin
A multiple international award winner that was voted World's Best Gin at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2013. Distilled with six botanicals including orange, hibiscus, it's a mighty fine tipple. Also try Adnams Rising Sun Gin, made with matcha tea and lemongrass.
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2. 55 Above Orange Gin
A juicy little number with a gentle bitterness. Distilled with juniper, tangerine, Seville orange, lemon zest, coriander, bay and macadamia nuts.
3. St Giles
New on the scene in Norwich, this sipping gin is produced in the city in a custom made copper still and reveals 11 botanicals – from lemongrass and rose petals to grains of paradise. It's fruity and floral.
4. Bullards Norfolk Dry Gin
Bullards was Norwich's first ever gin distillery and its Norfolk Dry has an exotic, unusual hint of cardamom, marzipan and vanilla owing to the use of tonka bean. The distiller's most recent launch is Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin, which is going down a treat in bars across the region.
5. DJ Wines Sloe Gin
Usually known for fruit wines and liqueurs, DJ Wines' sloe gin is rather scrummy and juicy. It's perfect over ice in summer, or drizzled over lemon sorbet!
6 Carpenters London Dry Gin
Made in Ipswich in small batches in an artisan still. Botanicals used include Italian orris root, cardamom, American oak chips, coriander seed, organic Spanish orange and lemon peels, almond powder and French angelica root. Intriguing.
7 Fishers Gin
Now this is an unusual one – made with rare East Anglian botanicals by a distiller and botanist. It is meant to capture the essence of the shoreline, and certainly does with its choice of ingredients. These include spignel (notes of curry, celery and fennel), rock samphire, wood aven (celery) and bog myrtle – which apparently smells like Christmas.
8 Black Shuck Gin
A beautiful gin from Norfolk made with local lavender, sea buckthorn, juniper, coriander and bitter orange peel. Serve with tonic and fresh orange zest.
9 Norfolk Gin
Handcrafted in Norfolk. The ingredients are a secret, but this is all at once citrusy, herbal and floral. Recommended served with muddled thyme and tonic over ice.
10 English Spirit Distillery Dr J's Gin
Made in Great Yeldham, this London Dry style gin is made by re-distilling the company's small batch vodka with juniper, coriander, macadamia and fresh zests.
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