Drink up: 10 best gins

From Spanish Mediterranean flavours to complex wild berry tastes culled from the Black Forest of Germany, this selection of spirits should serve everyone from young hipster to gentleman’s club fogey

Spring has sprung, the mercury is starting to rise and it’s time to do the drinks cabinet shuffle: put away your bottle of whisky and crack open the gin.

Whether you like it over ice with oceans of tonic or in a martini that is drier than the desert, you’re sure to find a bottle here that will tickle your taste buds. 

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It is strange that people assume that all gins, unlike, say, whiskies, taste pretty much the same. There is, in fact, a world of difference between competing brands. Gin Mare, for instance, with all its rich Mediterranean botanicals, is just thing for a nice G&T; whereas, if I  wanted a martini, I would crack open the Sipsmiths. A good all-rounder to keep in your cupboard, though, is Broker’s: it is inexpensive, punchy and comes with a little bowler-hat top – what more could one ask for?

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1. Broker’s Gin, £20.99

2. Elephant Gin, £40

3. Sipsmith, £27.75

4. Monkey 47, £46

5. Gordon’s Elderflower, £16.25

6. Gin Mare, £38.35

7. Fifty Pounds, £42.99

8. Adnams, £26.99

9. Aviation, £32.35

10. Hendricks, £27

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