Bottoms up! 8 of the best local gins
Gin stocks running low and not in the mood to brave the supermarket queue? Good news - all these brands deliver (*adds to basket*).
Named after Harry Hobbs, founder of boat hire service Hobbs & Sons (now a fifth generation family business as Hobbs of Henley), Mr Hobbs Gin is distilled with five tasty botanicals including Lime Flower, Lemon Peel and a top secret family ingredient (£36 for 70cl). Later this year the brand will also be launching a brand new tipple Mr Hobbs 150 (above) to celebrate 150 years of Hobbs of Henley – I’ve snaffled myself a try already and it’s totally delicious with a mix of warm black pepper, cubeb berries and meadowsweet and elderflower that are both locally sourced from the Thames (£34 for 70cl).
Hello, coolest bottles ever! The chicest family start-up on the block, Old Amersham Gin distils two flavours; classic London Dry (best served with tonic and a slice of orange or sprig of mint), and the Rhubarb and Elderflower Pink Gin (best served with ginger ale and a wedge of lime). Plus, it’s pretty much the definition of hyper-local – the seasonal botanicals are all grown in the garden of The Kings Arms Hotel, or foraged from around Amersham. £35 for 50cl.
Feeling fruity? Pop one of these gin liqueurs from Bucks-based Foxdenton Estate in your glass – after all, they’ve had four generations to perfect it. Flavours on offer include Raspberry, Rhubarb, Winslow Plum and Golden Apricot, but we’ll be adding their new Blackberry and Apple Crumble flavour to our cart (a total bargain at £20 for 50cl) as well as their classic Christmas Liqueur to pair with a mince pie later in the year. Purists may prefer Foxdenton’s 48 London Dry Gin (£32 for 70cl) – either way, you’ll get free delivery as standard from 2019’s Muddy Award winners.
While you might not recognise the bottle (it recently had a little design update), this classic Juniper-forward dry gin from Oxford’s most famous distillery is still well worth splashing into your next G&T (£39.50 for 70cl). Fancy trying something new? TOAD have a great World Gin Day offer – three bottles of gin for £100 (inc P&P), to include their Oxford Dry Gin and two other bottles of your choice. We recommend the brand new Ver Viola gin.
This family-run distillery tucked away in the village of Penn Street, Amersham started off as a challenge for two brothers to make a gin to impress the family. Well, it certainly worked, and now they’re impressing gin experts and the discerning palates of the Bucks locals alike with their cold-distilled gins (plus, just look at those bottles). We’re partial to their award-winning Original gin (£34 for 70cl), which is best served cold with an orange peel garnish and a fresh bay leaf, but there are plenty of limited edition flavours to pick up too.
You will have seen us singing the praises of Bicester’s newest gin distillery recently, as their London Dry Gin (£35 for 50cl) nabbed a slew of prizes at the World Gin Awards this year, including World’s Best Contemporary London Dry Gin. If that wasn’t enough of a nudge to try it, Sky Wave are offer free second class P&P on all UK orders over £30 for the duration of Lockdown 2.
You can’t get much more local than a gin with your postcode on it! The OX series of gins from Chalgrove Artisan Distillery is packed with botanicals and isn’t chill-filtered, which means maximum flavour. We’re fans of their multi-award-winning OX44 Gin, which just nabbed a Double Gold medal from The Fifty Best this month, and is flavoured with pine, juniper (obv), and lemon and orange. Pick it up at £25 for 30cl, or their minis set to try all four gins for £25.
A G&T that can make us look younger? Pour us two – one for each hand. Created by Oxford-based beauty fans Camilla Brown and Liz Beswick, Collagin is a clever way to get your dose of collagen (yes, as in the stuff that plumps skin and erases wrinkles) in a handy cocktail format. Gimmicky? Perhaps, but it’s also darn tasty too – serve with ice cold tonic water, a drop of vanilla bitters and a slice of pink grapefruit. £34.99 for 50cl.