READING LABELS: UNDERSTANDING GIN TERMINOLOGY

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Gin, a popular spirit enjoyed by many, has a rich history and a wide range of flavours. However, understanding gin terminology used on gin labels in the UK can be quite daunting for consumers. This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of gin terminology commonly found on labels, enabling consumers to make informed choices when purchasing gin.

GIN BASICS

Gin is a distilled spirit that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. It is produced through a process that involves the distillation of botanicals, including juniper, along with other herbs, spices, and fruits. Understanding the basics of gin production is crucial to deciphering label terminology.

LONDON DRY GIN

One of the most common terms found on gin labels is “London Dry Gin.” Contrary to its name, this term does not refer to the geographical origin of the gin. Instead, it signifies a specific production method. London Dry Gin is made by redistilling a neutral spirit with botanicals, without adding any artificial flavours or sweeteners after distillation.

DISTILLED GIN

Distilled Gin is another term frequently encountered on gin labels. Unlike London Dry Gin, Distilled Gin allows for the addition of natural flavourings after distillation. However, the predominant flavour must still come from juniper berries.

NAVY STRENGTH GIN

Navy Strength Gin refers to gin with a higher alcohol content, typically around 57-58% ABV (alcohol by volume). This term originated from the British Navy, which required gin to be of sufficient strength to ignite gunpowder. Navy Strength Gins are known for their robust flavours and intense character.

OLD TOM GIN

Old Tom Gin is a style of gin that was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is slightly sweeter than London Dry Gin and often used in classic cocktails like the Tom Collins. Old Tom Gins have experienced a resurgence in recent years, offering a unique flavour profile to gin enthusiasts.

FLAVOURED GINS

With the growing popularity of gin, many distillers have started experimenting with flavoured variations. Flavoured Gins are infused with additional botanicals or fruits to create unique taste profiles. Common flavours include citrus, berries, herbs, and spices. These gins provide a diverse range of options for consumers seeking different flavour experiences.

SMALL BATCH AND CRAFT GINS

Small Batch and Craft Gins are terms used to describe gins produced in limited quantities, often by independent distilleries. These gins are typically made with meticulous attention to detail, using traditional methods and high-quality ingredients. Small Batch and Craft Gins often showcase unique flavours and offer a more artisanal approach to gin production.

CONCLUSION

Understanding gin terminology is essential for consumers looking to explore the diverse world of premium gin in the UK. By familiarizing themselves with terms such as London Dry Gin, Distilled Gin, Navy Strength Gin, Old Tom Gin, Flavoured Gins, and Small Batch and Craft Gins, consumers can make informed choices based on their preferences. Reading labels and understanding the terminology empowers consumers to select premium gins that align with their taste preferences and enhances their overall premium gin-drinking experience.

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