7 different types of gin with brands name

Gin is a spirit that is distilled from cereals and flavored with juniper berries and coriander seed. The main gin-producing countries are England, Holland, Canada, and the U.SA.

Gin originated over three centuries ago in Holland when Franciscus de la Boe, professor of medicine at the Holland's University of Leyden.

What are the different types of gin?

There are several types of gin spirit aficionados can enjoy. They’re all unique in their own way and can be used in the preparation of some of the most well-known cocktails in the world such as the Martini and the Negroni, or can be best enjoyed neat.


The following are the 7 main  types of gin with brand name

1. London dry gin

"Tanqueray" A London dry gin
"Tanqueray" A London dry gin 

London dry gin is made from grain spirit which is distilled from a grain mixture of barley, corn, and rye in patent stills to obtain neutral spirit at 180-188 proof. London dry gin is used mainly in the preparation of mixed drinks and they are seldom taken straight. 

London Dry gin is characterized by its lighter finish, which makes it excellent for making rich cocktails. London dry gin is unsweetened, it is the common gin that may be made anywhere in the world.

London dry gin brands

  • Booths
  • Gordons 
  • Tanqueray 
  • Beefeaters
  • Bombay sapphire

2. Plymouth gin

Plymouth Sloe Gin
Plymouth Sloe Gin

This is made in Plymouth by Coates. It is unsweetened and more pungent than London dry. Plymouth is the traditional gin of the British navy used in the preparation of pink gin. 

It also has quite a strong citrus note, and you might get a spicy finish from the mix of seven botanicals. One of them is Orris roots. They create a fantastic earthy note, making it a perfect ingredient for Martinis and Negronis. 

Plymouth gin has strong citrus notes and a spicy finish that make it softer than its compatriot London Dry gin. The liquor is made using a mix of seven botanicals, including angelica root, juniper, and dried herbs such as coriander, cardamom, and orris root.

Plymouth gin brands
  • Plymouth Navy Strength 
  • Mr King’s 1842 Recipe
  • Plymouth Fruit Cup
  • Plymouth Sloe Gin

3. Dutch gin

"Hermit" A dutch gin
"Hermit" A dutch gin

Dutch gin, also known as Hollands, is produced by fermenting the mush of rye, malted barley, and corn and distilling it in pot stills, and then redistilling at low proof with the addition of juniper berries and coriander seeds. 

This produces a full-bodied gin with a distinct flavor of malt and juniper. This drink is not suitable for cocktail preparation as its flavor dominates the other ingredients. It is best enjoyed straight and chilled. It is often sold in crocks.

Dutch gin brands
  • Bols
  • De kuyper
  • Jonga Graan Jenever


4. Old tom gin

"Ransom" A Old Tom Gin
"Ransom" A Old Tom Gin

Old tom is a sweetened gin from Scotland, it is originally used in the preparation of Tom Collin cocktail.  It is slightly sweeter than London Dry but slightly drier than the Dutch Jenever,

The name Old Tom Gin purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in 18th-century England.

Old tom gin brands
  • Ransom Old Tom Gin
  • Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
  • Booth's old tom
  • Secret Treasures old tom
  • Jensensold tom 

5. Sloe gin

Hayman's Sloe Gin
Hayman's Sloe Gin

Sole gin is flavored with sloes and sweetened gin. Sloes are the fruit (drupe) of Prunus spinosa, a relative of the plum. Sloe gin has an alcohol content between 15 and 30 percent by volume. However, the European Union has established a minimum of 25% ABV for sloe gin to be named as such.

The traditional way of making sloe gin is to soak the sloes in gin. Most recipes call for the addition of sugar, but this is not required. The drink develops a sufficient sweetness when the fruit is left in the alcohol and is allowed to mature. 

Sloe gin brands
  • Hayman's Sloe Gin 
  • Sipsmith Sloe Gin 
  • Plymouth Sloe Gin 
  • Spirit Works Sloe Gin 
  • Spirit Works Barrel Reserve Sloe Gin 
  • Reisetbauer Sloeberry Sloe Gin 

6. Genever

Boomsma Jonge Graan Jenever.
Boomsma Jonge Graan Jenever.

Genever is the forefather of modern gin with specific regional denominations. The liquor can only be produced in Belgium and Holland or particular regions in Germany and France.

Genever was originally produced by distilling malt wine (moutwijn in Dutch) to 50% ABV. Because the resulting spirit was not palatable due to the lack of refined distilling techniques (only the pot still was available), herbs were added to mask the flavor. 

Genever gin brands
  • Bols Genever Gin.
  • Biercée Peket de Houyeu Genever.
  • Hotaling & Co Genevieve Gin.
  • Deerhammer Dutch Style Gin.
  • Boomsma Jonge Graan Jenever.
  • NY Distilling Company Chief Gowanus.

7. Cold compounded gin 

Cold compounded gin
Cold compounded gin

Cold compounded gin is a low-grade neutral spirit stirred with juniper-flavored essence. This gin essence is prepared in the chemical laboratory. It is a simple and cheap method of making gin, avoiding the usage of still. Much of the gin available in the market is made this way
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