Produced by William Grant & Sons at the Girvan distillery, Scotland, Hendrick’s was launched in 1999 and uses 11 botanicals, each having a different story attached to its use. The main flavors are of cucumber and Bulgarian rose and the gin is bottled in a beautiful dark-brown bottle. It was named as ‘Best Gin in the World’ in 2003 by Wall Street Journal and is still the best.
Alcohol Content of Hendrick’s: 44%
Price of Hendrick’s: 350 ml – INR 1400
Originated in London in 19830, Tanqueray is a dry gin and is now produced in Scotland. Marketed worldwide, it has its largest market in the US, followed by southern Europe. The main 3 botanicals it has after juniper are coriander, angelica root, and licorice. Tanqueray became the highest selling gin in the world for the first time in 2016, with nearly 3 million nine-liter cases sold.
Alcohol Content of Tanqueray: 43.1%
Price of Tanqueray: 1 liter – INR 3000
Sipsmith London Dry Gin is distilled with 10 botanicals, few being juniper, coriander seeds, angelica roots, licorice, orris and lemon peel which are carefully selected for an even drier balance than a classic London Dry Gin. In 2009, Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall and became the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London for 189 years.
Alcohol Content of Sipsmith: 41.6%
Price of Sipsmith: 700 ml – INR 2700
Bull Dog is a delicious English gin made with 12 botanicals including poppy, dragon eye, lotus leaves, citrus, almond, lavender and various others and is distilled 4 times in copper pot stills. The nose on opening the bottle has more complex aromas than other gins and is very different. The flavors are also complex than other gins and taste best when mixed with an ice cold Schweppes tonic and a twist of lemon zest.
Alcohol Content of BullDog: 40%
Price of BullDog: 700 ml – INR 1800 (approx.)