​What is gin and what is it made from?

What is Gin?

Gin is a distilled spirit with specific characteristics that define its identity.

What is Gin Made From?

Gin is primarily made from juniper berries, along with other botanicals.

Juniper berries ready to make gin, in York

Criteria for Classification in the UK

For a drink to be described as ‘gin’ in the UK, it must meet two tests:

  • Strength of Alcohol: It must be at least 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume).
  • Taste: It must taste predominantly of juniper, providing gin its distinctive flavour.

Botanicals in Gin

In addition to juniper, various botanicals are added to gin to enhance its flavour profile:

  • Coriander
  • Orris root
  • Angelica
  • Citrus peel

York Gin's Contribution

York Gin is known for producing exceptional gin varieties:

York Gin classic gins

  • Traditional Craft Gins:
    • London Dry gin
    • Old Tom gin
    • Navy gin
  • Flavoured Gins:
    • Rhubarb gin
    • Roman Fruit gin
    • Chocolate gin

Strength of Gins

Gin alcohol content can vary:

  • Cheaper gins typically have the minimum alcohol strength.
  • More expensive gins often have higher alcohol levels, with York Gin offering varieties at 42.5% ABV and a Navy Strength gin at 57% ABV.

Shop for Gin

Explore York Gin's offerings, including gift sets and individual bottles:

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