Small batch, super-premium, award-winning gin, distilled beside the seaside and made from 100% organic grain spirit, juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally-grown coriander seed and milk thistle. Each bottle is filled, labelled and wax sealed by hand, which really does add to its funky, punky, mods-and-rockers, retro Brighton charm.
Where to buy
Perhaps it’s the seafaring roots of its location but Dockyard Gin imports flavours from across the globe and teases the finest taste out of just the right blend of botanicals. South America, Africa and Europe are brought together with water filtered through the Kent chalk coast line. Purists can even tour the distillery to see the entire process and sample a selection of drinks.
Chatham Dockyard, Leviathan Way, Chatham, ME4 4LP
Bringing together botanicals from around the world, Broker’s are a true English gentleman of a gin. It has a timeless quality that adds a vintage taste to any occasion. With over 200 years of history behind them Brokers have both tradition and a hatful of awards to go with a gin that is smoother and drier than an evening of Stephen Fry one liners.
Church Street East, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HR
Where to buy
The Whisky Exchange, Bring a Bottle
Blackdown Sussex Dry Gin
A truly British tipple, Blackdown’s Sussex Gin uses only the finest British ingredients including silver birch tree syrup. Keeping it local, this pure homegrown gin is made in limited batches with a wonderfully organic and earthy flavour. A small batch producer that’s well worth getting your hands on or searching the Southdown’s until you track them down!
Jobsons Ln, Lurgashall, Petworth GU28 9HA
Where to buy
Select stockists across the UK, online and onsite.
Anno Sloe Gin
Purists can look away now, the rest of you bring your tasting glasses and pull up a seat with us here in the garden of England as we sloe down at the home of what was the first gin distillery in Kent in over 200 years. But while tradition is good, the two chemists who founded the distillery have added a slice of fun and funk to this timeless drink, our top pick is the Anno Sloe Gin.
Pattenden Lane, Marden, Kent, TN12 9QJ
Best served neat over ice with a twist of orange peel this Hampshire brewed gin is created in small batches with a gentle, aromatic flavour that goes against type at the Gorilla Spirits Co. A great place to visit for an understanding of the gin making process (tours are available). It’s also worth noting that a percentage of every sale of Silverback Gin goes towards gorilla preservation projects in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
Station Approach, Four Marks, Hampshire, GU34 5HN