Seven small-batch gins to improve your pub's spirits selection

By James Beeson

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Trendy: Gin is booming thanks to an increase in the number of small-batch producers
Trendy: Gin is booming thanks to an increase in the number of small-batch producers

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The drink once known as ‘mothers ruin’ is more popular now than any time since the 18th Century.  

Fuelled by demand for small-batch artisanal products, the gin category is now worth £655m​, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.  

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With so much choice available in the market, picking which gins to stock in your pub can be tricky. Here are seven small-batch products that are popular right now.

1) St George Terroir

This piney and herbal gin is made from a botanical selection of fir, sage and bay laurel, and hails all the way from California. Serve it with tonic and a sprinkle of sage or in a Tom Collins to delight your customers.

2) Jensen’s Old Tom

A faithful recreation of an 1840s Old Tom recipe, this naturally sweet gin is produced under the railway arches of Bermondsey in South London. It’s great in a negroni or served with tonic and half a strawberry.

3) Bathtub Gin

This award-winning gin from Ableforth’s is made using the traditional method of cold compounding (infusing) and uses juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as botanicals. We like it served with tonic, a slice of orange and just a couple of cloves.

4) Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin

Launched back in 2014, this savoury gin from Welsh distillers Da Mhile is infused with handpicked seaweed from the Celtic coast for three weeks before being triple filtered and bottled. It’s an acquired taste, but goes brilliantly with seafood.

5) Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

This potent gin from the Black Forest of Germany contains no fewer than 47 different hand-picked ingredients including local cranberries. Tremendously complex, Monkey 47 is best enjoyed with orange peel and tonic or in a martini.

6) Gin Mare

Hailing from the sunny shores of Barcelona, this delicious gin contains basil, thyme, rosemary and olive as botanicals. The result is a herbaceous and savoury gin that is great with tonic, an olive and a sprinkle of pepper.

7) Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

This Sweedish distillery was the first in the world to mature gin in casks made out of juniper wood. The end result is a sweet and citrusy gin with intense juniper notes. Strangely enough, its best served with tonic and a handful of juniper berries.

If you’re looking to find out more about gin, or what other spirits have been performing best over the past 12 months, make sure to join us for this year’s Future Trends: Spirits event​ on 4 October.

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