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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?

Thanks to a bigger interest in cocktails, a desire for lower-calorie drink options and the increase in innovative and exciting gins on the market, gin has become the tipple of choice in the UK.

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.



Our overall winner, scoring the highest out of ALL the categories was Gin Mare(88/100), a savoury gin that stood out above the rest for its original and innovative flavours.

Distilled in Spain, botanicals include rosemary, thyme, olive, and basil, while the flavour was complex and the gin profile balanced.



The winner in this category was Mother’s Ruin, an East London-based distillery that uses ingredients foraged from in and around East London and Essex. Our panel awarded this gin the winner because of its complex flavours, and warming and smooth aftertaste.

BUY NOW from £14.95, Mother’s Ruin (79/100)


Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla ticked all our boxes. This gin has a lovely subtle but sweet flavour with notes of orange sorbet. A perfect balance of flavour without ruining the juniper notes.

BUY NOW £20, Asda (76/100)


Lidl’s Hortus gin range is extensive but their Pomegranate & Rose Gin Liqueur (75/100) that took the top spot. This gin was a winner thanks to its sweet and floral aroma. On the nose, we got elderflower and lemon verbena, too, while the pomegranate and rose makes a nice flavour combination.


Gin Mare scooped the top spot in this category. A great gin with bold botanical flavours of juniper, rosemary, thyme, olives, basil and a zingy citrus burst. Partnered with a sweet and light aroma to counter the savoury taste and a texture of great length.

BUY NOW £39.50, Waitrose



Out of all the classic supermarket own-brand gins, it was Sainsbury’s more premium gin that took the top spot. Drury 173 Craft Gin was praised for having a wonderful sherbet, grapefruit and lemon zest aroma with fresh lemon, grapefruit and herb flavours followed by a light smooth texture.

BUY NOW £20, Sainsbury’s (83/100)