The gin balloon continues to rise. This month launched the world’s first distillery at sea aboard P&O Cruises’ MS Iona with Marabelle Gin. The character of gin comes from botanicals, often with a nod to where it’s made. Gin’s headline flavour is a punchy hit of juniper, and London Dry is my choice for summertime refreshment. Whether a G&T or a cocktail, choosing the right gin can lift your mood to the moon.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
HESTON LAZY SUNSHINE GIN (40%), £25, Waitrose. Brilliant for a dry martini with an olive; botanicals include olives, basil and rosemary.
EDINBURGH GIN CLASSIC (43%), £28, Tesco. Silky, zesty and minty; superb value for a great all-rounder for this summer.
WYRD DRY GIN (42%), £37, wyrdspirits.com. Ace in a negroni due to its powerful aromatic presence – think liquorice.
DELILAH’S GIN (40%), £39, delilahsgin.co.uk. Fruity, crisp and gorgeous in a G&T thanks to gooseberry and lemon botanicals.
GIN OF THE WEEK
58 GIN LONDON DRY (43%), £29.95, masterofmalt.com. Perfect purity to sip neat as well as mix, this gin is a lightning strike of sheer refreshment.