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The Perfect Serve – 9 Best Gins from the ‘Gintern’

I’m Johdi, and I have one of the coolest jobs!

I’m the Gintern at I Love Gin, I travel to distilleries, tasting gin and sharing my findings with I Love Gin HQ, who then select gins for our monthly member’s subscription box.

As well as posting about distillery visits I’ll offer plenty of ginspiration, getting creative with the ILoveGin members box, experimenting with garnishes, mixers and recipes on social media – follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

Here are some great gins and a few serving ideas to be enjoyed in locations!

1. Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

Co Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough create seasonal gins, using foraged botanicals from the stunning Wicklow countryside. Their botanicals are slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavours.

If you are planning a visit to explore this beautiful part of the Wicklow countryside, Glendalough are expected to open their doors to visitors in early 2018.

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin is distilled using only fresh, sustainably foraged botanicals. With hints of autumnal fruits, its finish is warm, with wintery spice.

Perfect Serve... The skinny G&T
  • 50ml Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin
  • Top with Double Dutch Skinny Tonic
  • Mint and orange peel to garnish

2. Batch Whinberry Gin


Originally distilled from the basement in a terraced house, Batch Gin is distilled in Burnley, Lancashire. Paying tribute to the town’s industrial heritage, the Gin is now distilled in a renovated mill in Burnley.

Batch Premium Gin is distilled using the very unusual botanicals of frankincense and myrrh, giving this gin bold, unique flavours. Their second addition, Batch Whinberry Gin, is steeped in Whinberries, a local term for the bilberry or huckleberry depending on where you reside.

Unlike a typical sloe gin, Batch Whinberry Gin is bottled at 40%: very boozy and great splashed in prosecco! A silver award winner at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition too.

Perfect Serve... Batch Whinberry Whizz
  • 50ml Whinberry Gin
  • Top with Fever Tree Ginger Ale
  • Lime peel to garnish

3. The Lakes Gin

Lake District

Set in the stunning Lake District National Park, Lakes Gin is situated in a brilliant location with lots on offer. Housed in a renovated 1850s Victorian Farm, you can take part in a distillery tour to find out more about their gin production.

Their gin is distilled using local juniper found in the surrounding hills, as well as bilberry, heather and meadowsweet. The finish is complex with fresh citrus notes. In addition to Lakes Gin, the distillery has recently launched a range of gin liqueurs.

Perfect Serve... Neat with ice

4. Arbikie Kirsty’s Gin

Angus, Scotland

The Arbikie Highland Estate is a family-owned working farm perched on the east coast of Angus.

Master Distiller, Kirsty Black carefully selects local botanicals for this gin; kelp, carline thistle & blaeberry embody the elements of ocean, rock & land that surround the East Coast, Angus farmlands.

Perfect Serve... Kirsty’s G&T
  • 50ml Kirsty’s Gin
  • Top with Distillers Tonic
  • Blueberries to garnish

5. Tarquin’s Dry Gin

Wadebridge, Cornwall

Tarquin’s is an independent, family run company, handcrafting gin in small batches by the coast of North Cornwall.

Gold medal winner at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Tarquin’s Dry Gin is a contemporary take on the traditional London Dry. Using fragrant handpicked Devon violets and fresh orange zest, this gin delivers an aromatic sensation.

Perfect Serve... Tarquin’s G&T
  • 50ml Tarquin’s Dry Gin
  • Top with Fentimans Grapefruit Tonic

6. Lilliput Dorset Gin


Lilliput is distilled in Dorset using home-grown organic Rosemary, organic Basil from Egypt, organic Thyme from Spain and organic, fresh water fermented Kalamata Olives from Greece.

With a combination of tastes and aromas that evoke the feeling of being by the coast, Lilliput is best served with a neutral tonic such as Fever-Tree Naturally Light, as it is careful not to overpower the complex profile of this gin.

Perfect Serve... Lilliput G&T
  • 50ml Lilliput Dorset Gin
  • Top with Fever-Tree Naturally Light
  • Kalamata olive and a sprig of fresh rosemary to garnish

7. Forest Gin

Macclesfield Forest

Forest Gin is distilled using wild, foraged botanicals, and is hand bottled in the heart of Macclesfield Forest. Karl and Lindsay are husband and wife and began production of Forest Gin in their home before taking up premises in breath-taking Macclesfield Forest.

Another distillery with hand-crafted ethics, Forest Gin it entirely produced, bottled and sealed by hand. With the addition of tonic, this juniper heavy gin has sweet notes from foraged berries. The finish is smooth and earthy due to the inclusion of wild ingredients such as fresh pine and moss.

Perfect Serve... Forest Bramble
  • 50ml Forest Gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 15ml of blackberry sugar syrup
  • 15ml Crème de Mure

8. Plymouth Gin


A former monastery plays home to Plymouth Gin, the oldest working gin distillery in England dating back to 1973.

You can learn more about the history of Plymouth Gin by taking part in one of their distillery tours, ranging from £7-£40. With an earthy finish I like to garnish this gin with citrus and juniper.

Perfect Serve... Plymouth G&T
  • 50ml Plymouth Gin
  • Top with Merchants Heart Hint of Peppercorn Tonic
  • Juniper berries to garnish

9. Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin

Llandysul, Wales

Nestled between the dairy of Caws Teifi Cheese, cow shed and milking parlour you’ll find Dà Mhìle Distillery. Pronounced da-vee-lay, on the nose, this gin is simply, the seaside!

Made with a selection of organic seaweed from the Newquay coast of West Wales and the West coast of Ireland, this gin in savoury and moreish. If you enjoy experimenting with different gins, this is a must try!

If you are visiting the area, you can join Dà Mhìle on a Wednesday or Friday, to take part in their distillery tours.

Perfect Serve... Dà Mhìle Seaweed G&T
  • 50ml Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin
  • Top with Merchant’s Heart Light Tonic
  • Lemon and sprig of thyme to garnish