It is easy to understand why Gin is a well-loved alcoholic beverage around the world. It is versatile, affordable (in most cases) and it is popular among pub owners because of its great versatility and variety of flavour. No two Gins will taste the same, different brands and editions have different flavours making it the ideal drink. In recent times Gin has been making quite the comeback, with many Gin based cocktails being created and served in pubs. Many eCommerce sites are now offering booze delivery in London, straight to your doorstep, so you don’t even have to leave your home to taste your favourite drink.
In order for a spirit to be classified as Gin, it needs to satisfy certain legal criteria, such as:
It must be a neutral spirit distilled using natural ingredients such as wheat, barley, grapes or potatoes.
The predominant flavour of Gin must be that of the Juniper berry.
Should offer above 37.5% volume.
Gin is made with a grain base, which is first fermented and then distilled. Aromatics or botanicals such as Juniper berries, herbs and spices are added to it after the fermentation until the desired alcohol level and flavour balance is achieved.
There is also a new type of Gin that is taking the top spot in pubs and among the public in general, and that is Craft Gin. Craft Gin is essentially Gin that is distilled in small batches (not unlike Craft Beer) and made using locally sourced ingredients. Craft Gin is made by distillers who have a passion for the product and to giving a delectable experience to other Gin lovers.
So, what are the most expensive Gins in the world?
Jam Jar Gin Morus LXIV, UK – Cost £ 4,000 per bottle. This expensive Gin is considered to be one that is very rare indeed, as well as valuable, because it is made using the leaf of a single 100-year-old Mulberry Tree. It boasts of a smoky sweetness, with intense hints of Juniper and citrus flavours. This too is made in very small batches, making it a real delicacy.
Watenshi, UK – Cost £ 2,000 per bottle – Watenshi is one of those rare gems that only the elite of gin drinkers will go after. Only 6 bottles of this Craft Gin are distilled with every batch, using an innovative distilling process. Watenshi is created through a long painstaking, yet special process, that uses air pressure that is half of what is found at the summit of Mount Everest and temperatures colder than the South Pole, in order to stop evaporation. A single distilling will only yield about 15 ml of Gin. It is also packed in a bottle that is an art form on its own, in every possible way.
Nolet’s Reserve Modern Gin, Holland – Cost £ 650 per bottle – This complex flavoured Gin is one of the most exclusive when it comes to those in regular circulation, and the preferred method of drinking it is neat. The creator and owner of the distillery personally approves each batch of Gin before it is dispatched.
HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin Limited Release, Isle of Wight – Cost £ 350 per bottle – This is a very rare and exclusive Gin, which has been aged in casks made form the wood of the HMS Victory, and only 251 bottles being produced.
CHASE Elegant 48 Gin Jeroboam, England – Cost £ 350 per bottle – This exquisite Gin is made using apples from the estate’s 300-year-old orchard and many wild botanicals that have been kept a secret.
Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut, Germany – Cost £ 250 per bottle – This Gin is made featuring an unusual botanical ingredient which differs every year, and it is a very uncommon and rare drink for all those Gin lovers out there.
Anty Gin, England – Cost £ 200 per bottle – This classic Gin is made using 62 wood ants, because the Formic Acid and Pheromones produced by the ants is used in the distilling process, which gives the Gin a distinct aroma and citrus-like flavour. It also includes botanicals such as juniper, nettle and wild wood avens which are hand-foraged, all which make this Gin exclusive.
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin, Spain – Cost £ 145 per magnum of Gin – Inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, this Gin includes herbs and spices, as well as exotic botanicals. It’s a premium quality Gin that is exceptional in every way, and best as a cocktail or as a classic Gin & Tonic.
Ferdinand’s Quince Reserve Gin, Germany – Cost £ 135 per bottle – This is another exquisite Gin with hints of orange zest, quince, dried apricot, and honey, and is ideal paired with a dessert or taken neat.
Forager’s Clogau Reserve Gin, Wales – Cost £ 130per bottle – This is an exquisite tasting Gin that is created using 6 different hand-foraged botanicals and water that is filtered through seams of gold from a mine near Clogau.
Spring Gin Gentleman’s Cut, Belgium – Cost £ 80 per bottle – This is one of the best Gins in the world, with the preference being to drink it neat. The Gin offers hints of juniper, black pepper and cardamom, as well as liquorice and lime.