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Gin is a generally dry, clear spirit that is flavoured with juniper berries.
The most common style of gin is known as London Dry gin. London Dry is made by taking a neutral grain spirit and redistilling after the addition of the flavouring agents - juniper berries and often small amounts of citrus botanicals like lemon and bitter orange peel.
The legal definition of a London Dry Gin is that it must be an entirely distilled product, with the exception of a very small amount of permitted sugar, though this is not always present. In contrast, a London Gin has non-distilled additives.
Many other botanicals are used in the production of various gins, such as anise, orris root, licorice root, cinnamon, savory, lime peel, grapefruit peel, saffron, coriander and nutmeg.
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Brands and Variations of Gin
Bombay Sapphire[home page]
Bombay Sapphire was introduced in 1987 and has been popular since. The bottle is a distinctive sapphire blue color.
Plymouth gin is made at the Plymouth Gin Distillery in Plymouth, England. The distillery has been in operation since 1793, and claims to be the oldest operating gin distillery in the world.
Seagrams Gin & Juice
Seagram's Gin and Juice line is Gin mixed with various fruit flavourings, and sporting names such as "Blue Beast".