Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. Gin originated as a medicinal liquor made by monks and alchemists across Europe, particularly in southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands, to provide aqua vita from distillates of grapes and grains.
Different Styles of Gin
In the EU this labelling means that flavours may have been added after re-distillation. However in the US, Distilled Gin means that all flavours must come from re-distillation.
London Dry Gin (or Dry Gin):
This is a style most tightly defined in the EU. It can only get its flavours by re-distillation. No sugar can be added to these spirits. This labelling term will normally appear prominently on the front label.
Old Tom gin:
This style of gin that pre-dates dry gins, but it is not a legally defined term. However, it is a labelling term that is typically used to indicate that a gin has been sweetened.
is a lighter, more citrus-forward style that originated in the port of Plymouth on the English Channel. Today, only one distiller has the right to produce it, Plymouth, Coates & Co.