A great bottle of gin is brilliant value for money, especially considering the quality and efforts that go into many gins, as well as the number of drinks you get out of a bottle. The average price of gin has rapidly increased as the range of small batch and craft gins excitingly continues to increase (and so many are well worth the price!), but there are also numerous fine gins that come in at under £25 too. So what gins should you be considering if you want to be going beyond the mainstream gins (Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, Gordon's, Tanqueray, Greenall's) but don't want to blow the budget?
We've put together some of the most popular gins that you can often find for under £25 in many large supermarkets, and for the budding gin enthusiast these are ideal choices to start your exploration of the gin world:
Believed to be Winston Churchill's favourite gin, Boodles Gin was relaunched in 2013. It is smooth and mellow with herbal notes and coriander. Interestingly it doesn't feature any citrus botanicals, leaving that element for you to add with a lemon or lime garnish. Boodles Gin also makes a very good martini.
Read The Gin Guide's full review & tasting notes of Boodles Gin.
Caorunn (pronounced 'ka-roon') is a popular Scottish gin that features five unique Scottish botanicals including bog myrtal and rowan berries. It's these 5 botanicals that inspire the hexagonal bottle base and the brand's logo. Caorunn Gin is smooth and warm to taste with flavours of mixed fruits, and it best served with a slice of apple or orange zest.
Read The Gin Guide's full review & tasting notes of Caorunn Gin.
Martin Miller's Gin
Martin Miller's gin uses the purest glacial water from Iceland in its distilling process and features cucumber distillate - so it's a fantastic option if you are partial to a Henrick's gin and tonic with a slice of cucumber. It is an exquisite gin that is fresh and smooth. Try a G&T with grapefruit peel or cucumber, or try it in a Bramble cocktail.
Read The Gin Guide's full review & tasting notes of Martin Miller's Gin.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
Opihr (pronounced 'o-peer') is an oriental spiced gin bringing together a range of botanicals from the spice routes, including cardamom and ginger. It is a warm and earthy gin and delivers when served over ice, in a gin and tonic with orange (or red chilli if you're adventurous) or in a Gimlet.
Read The Gin Guide's full review & tasting notes of Opihr Gin.
Whitley Neill Gin
Whitley Neill gin is an African-inspired gin that features botanicals such as cape gooseberries and Baobab fruit, the fruit of the 'Tree of Life'. To taste it is soft and rich with citrus and spices and can be very much enjoyed in a gin and tonic with a garnish of lemon or orange.
Read The Gin Guide's full review & tasting notes of Whitley Neill Gin.
And it doesn't stop there...
Some other options that you might not find as easily in a supermarket but are well worth a try include: