Outside of the distillation method followed, there are three main types of gin found in most bars and bottle shops across the world, including distilled gin, London dry or dry gin, and simply, gin.
Other types of juniper-flavoured spirits do exist, however, they are not as common to find and usually bottled under other names than gin.
Each of these types have their own unique methodology to be followed during production, affecting the inherent flavour profile of each type through both the types of additives to be used and when they can be included, explored further in this article.
|Earthy||An earthy taste in gin typically shows itself through a distinctly earthy or plant-like taste that can often be highly reminiscent of truffles, angelica root, thistle, wormwood, or myrtle|
|Sweets||A sweet taste in gin can manifest itself through types of viscous or sugary substances, in particular many common sweeteners or flavourings, including honey, sugar, vanilla, or liquorice|
|Berries||Berry flavours in gin can often be separated as being either jammy, candied or tangy in their nature, with some common examples including blackberry, rhubarb, elderberry, gooseberry, and juniper|
|Fruits||Fruit flavours in gin can appear as many different types of fresh fruits, in particular oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, apples, cucumber, or melons|
|Spices||Spice flavours in gin present themselves as either hot or herbal spices, including mint, thyme, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne, fresh pine, or ginger, to name a few|
|Nutty||Nutty tastes in gin refers to the distinctly nut-like flavours found, including almonds, wattle seeds, pistachios, or even notes of sandalwood or macadamia|
When it comes to gin, easily the most renowned producer of the spirit is Great Britain, which is famous for producing the classic style London dry gins including Bombay Sapphire and Gordons.
Bottles of gin from this island nation are ranked as being some of the best in the world and with the recent addition of Scottish brands such as Hendricks and The Botanist, it is easy to see why Britain has such a well-regarded reputation.
Looking elsewhere, other notable gin producing countries include Italy, now famous thanks to the Malfy brand, Australia, with brands such as Four Pillars and Archie Rose, Japan, with their brands Jinzu and Roku, and finally, America, with popular bottles by Aviation American Gin and St. George.
Besides these prominent examples, the growth in popularity all over the world of this amazing spirit category is birthing a plethora of new gin distilleries and we can look forward to a host of new tasting experiences.
Although being the latest entrant into the gin category, Japan is well placed to produce some of the most interesting craft gins on the market thanks to the bounty of natural spices and other flora found on the island nation. Our detailed guide to Japanese gin will help you find out more.