Gin Types – Which One Do You Like the Most?

Gin types – Which one do you like the most?

There are both official and unofficial Gin types. The production of the official Gin types is regulated by specific standards to be allowed to get an official Gin name. For some Gins even the origin is regulated by law, for example only a Gin produced in the english port Plymouth has the right to name himself Plymouth Gin. For the unofficial Gin types, no standard requirements exist and so, you have countless possibilities to experiment and create exceptional Gins.

Short Facts

Official Gin types: For the traditional ones

Dry Gin

most popular Gin type in the world
strong juniper taste
addition of non-vegetable elements/flavors is not allowed
addition of sugar is allowed

London Dry Gin

strong juniper taste
dry and aromatic/spicy
origin from London is not required
addition of artificial supplements/flavors is strictly forbidden
addition of sugar is limited to 0,5g per liter

Distilled Gin

at least distilled twice 
strong juniper taste
minimal alcohol content: 37,5 % vol.

Sloe Gin

less like a classical Gin, more sweet-fruity liqueur with 15-30 % Vol. alcohol
most important ingredient: sloes (small plums)
perfect for the pure taste, cocktails and Gin Tonic

Geografical Gin types: My home, my Gin!

Plymouth Gin

has to be produced in Plymouth, England
Black Friars Destillerie is the only distillery producing Plymouth Gin following the original recipe
less strong juniper flavor with a lot of earthy/herbal flavors

Gin de Mahón

That Gin has to be produced in Mahón, the capital of Menorca.

Vilnius Gin

That Gin has to be produced in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

Unofficial Gin types: Let’s Gin and be creative!

New Western Dry Gin

no restrictions regarding to additions of botanicals/supplements
an other flavor is stronger than the juniper taste
good for the pure pleasure

Old Tom Gin

supposedly first Gin version 
the name has its origin in the statue that looked like a tomcat, established in front of some pubs ordered by the Gin Acts, but which promoted the illegal Gin consumption even more
very sweet because of its high sugar rate
perfect for mixing in cocktails


originally from the Netherlands/Belgium
basis for Genever is a cereal mash, that means clear alcohol composed of cereal and potatoe basis
additions of botanicals/supplements is not restricted

Reserve Gin / Barrel aged Gin

is stored in barrels
has often a complex taste
mostly much more expensive due to the longer time in storage

Cream Gin

very sweet and creamy taste
strong flavor of vanilla and lemon
basis is a London Dry Gin
originally from the Victorian Age

Compound Gin

botanicals are stored in neutral alcohol
mostly yellow color
not a high-quality Gin because of being distilled only once

Pink Gin

trend from Spain
shimmers pink because of adding strawberries after distillation

And a lot of more …

Did you know?

You may think that the British consume the most Gin. Around 43 %, almost half of the global production of Gin, is consumed by the Philippines. The Gin session in the respective country is called “Ginuman”.

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