Last year, stats showed that more than 66 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK. But where has our obsession with the spirit come from?
And, here at Good Housekeeping, we have always been a big fan of the juniper-based spirit. From classic London Dry Gins to on-trend pink and flavoured gins, the market is overwhelmed with options. So what are the best out there?
In what is our biggest gin test to date, our expert panel put the spirit to the test across six key gin categories. Tasting them completely blind, our testing panel included award-winning spirits tutors from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Each sample was tested neat, and then again, diluted with a small amount of water. This was to ensure that the flavour was not impaired by any mixer.
Whittling our taste test down to 118 different bottles, we tested across sloe gin, pink gin, quirky flavoured gin, flavoured gin liqueurs, classic gin and supermarket own-brand gin. We ensured everything was included, from supermarket options to household names and craft-gin distillers.