When gin experienced a revival a few years ago, the market literally exploded. Nowadays, you can find a considerable number of interesting gins on the shelves of well-assorted retailers and in the bars. One bottle is designed more creatively than the other and the labels are also in competition for the attention of gin lovers and those who have become curious. With this GINtastic selection, it is difficult to keep track and to know the exact differences between the different types of gin.
But let’s start from scratch! What is gin? The EU’s spirits regulation states that gin is a “juniper-flavoured spirit drink”, “obtained by flavouring ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin […]”. The minimum alcohol content of gin is 37.5 % vol.
So far so good. But what does Old Tom mean, for example? Does the London dry gin really come from London? And why is sloe gin red? We have summarized the most important types of gin for you: