Relax into a taste journey inspired by Camden Lock’s popular independent markets. This wonderful “Camden Lock” 8 set will tantalise your taste buds with gins from around the world.
King of Soho
United Kingdom | 42% abv | Dry | Main botanicals: Angelica, cassia, coriander, grapefruit peel,
and others | Lime
Distilled In the heart of London using 12 botanicals, this gin is attributed by Howard Raymond to his late father Paul who was known as the "King of Soho" for his influence in the London Night adult entertainment industry. Being in the erotica business led him to create many famous top-shelf magazines such as ‘Men Only’ and ‘Escort’. Paul Raymond, who died in 2008, and is remembered as a controversial figure in London’s rich history. Presented in a beautiful blue bottle with fox caricature, each element on the bottle is intended to be symbolic. The fox tail represents a clever, though mischievous and "naughty" urban nature, reminiscent of the crowds strolling through Soho on a Saturday night. The trumpet symbolises the history of jazz, once home to the area and the book honours the publishing houses founded by Paul Raymond.
A modern classic, it is complex yet harmonious and ideal for cocktails and drinks where the spirit is King. -kingofsohodrinks.com
United Kingdom | 40% abv | Floral | Main botanicals: lavender, licorice, poppy, almonds, lychee, and even lotus leaves | Recommended Pairing: Orange
This quadruple-distilled gin is distributed in a head-turning black bottle, with bold sanserif typeface, and a studded bulldog collar which tells you that this is a gin that can stand on it's own two.. er.. four paws? It is often served on the rocks, but also goes well with a neutral or aromatic tonic. The gin has a rather sturdy floral aroma, heavy on the coriander and citrus. Combined with the Juniper-dominant flavour, this is a gin that is well rounded by its botanicals, which include lavender, licorice, poppy, almonds, lychee, and even lotus leaves! Developed in 2007 by a former investment banker, it's a London Dry that will certainly stand out wherever it makes an appearance.
An independent spirit, for the independent spirit -bulldoggin.com
New Zealand | 40% abv | Citrus | Main botanicals: Angelica root, hops and malt, lavender, and a mix of secret spices | Recommended Pairing: Orange or Grapefruit
Broken Heart Gin is a tribute to friendship. The story begins with Joerg Henkenhaf (a pilot) and Bernd Schnabel (an engineer), two German’s living in New Zealand, with similar distilling ideas, embarked upon a three year project distilling the perfect gin. Sadly, in 2012, Bernd became ill with a particularly ruthless strain of cancer and passed away, leaving Joerg heart broken. A few months later Joerg decided to share the gin they made with the world, and Broken Heart Gin was born as a tribute to friendship and as a reminder to share treasured moments with the ones you love.
… as much as a broken heart hurts, it’s also a space to be ﬁlled with new beginnings -Brokenheartspirits.com
Germany | 47% abv | Aromatic | Main botanicals: 47 botanicals, including cloves, lavender,
cranberries, pine needles, and peppers | Recommended Pairing: Lavender or Plum
As the name implies, a mind-blowing 47 separate botanicals give this gin its juniper and citrus-dominant sweet floral aroma, which produce an unusually clean flavour for such a complex and full-flavoured gin. Half of the ingredients are sourced from the Black Forest in Germany, and include cloves, lavender, cranberries, pine needles, peppers and many others. The number 47 also refers to the 47% abv of the finished product, which is first made by Black Forest Distillers from the traditional British recipe for gin, then left to marinate in earthenware vats for 100 days. This gin is made by German distillers, and comes in a corked brown bottle, with a giant postage-stamp-like label featuring a monkey collecting botanicals.
Black Forest Distillers made the conscious decision to reject an industrial approach that would have promised greater production capacity at the cost of quality. -monkey47.com
Germany | 45% abv | Spiced | Main botanicals: cassia bark, ginger, apples, pine, Baobab,
Buchu, lion’s tail and others | Recommended Pairing: Apple
Elephant is a German made 45% abv gin with an elephant-sized heart! 10% of the profits from Elephant gin is donated to Space For Elephants, and the Big Life Foundation to save African wildlife. Elephant is made in Hamburg, but uses fruits and other botanicals indigenous to Africa such as Buchu, Baobab, devil's claw, and lion's tail (an African shrub… no actual lions are harmed in the making of Elephant!). Each 800 bottle batch of this single-distilled spicy and exotic gin is named after an Elephant it supports.
The idea for an African-inspired gin evolved while reminiscing about the
so-called ‘sundowner’ drinks after a day out in the South African bush. -elephant-gin.com
Adnams First Rate
United Kingdom | 48% abv | Savoury | Main botanicals: Coriander Seed, Cardamom Pod, Sweet Orange Peel & Licorice Root | Recommended Pairing: Thyme & Olive
Beginning with 17 botanicals, Adnams developed their First Rate Gin out of 13 of the originals, to refine and deliver a mingling of juniper and spices, with a softening citrus hint. Made with a complex and powerful blend of 13 botanicals to complement the strength of this spirit, including coriander seed, sweet orange peel, cardamom pod and licorice root to create a well-rounded and silky smooth aromatic gin, taken from the sweetest purest cut from the copper still. It delivers spice mingled with Juniper and softened with hints of citrus at 48% abv. Adnams First Rate is distributed in a bottle with the mast of a ship, alluding to the proud Naval tradition of Captain's grade gin.
Made with a complex and powerful blend of 13 botanicals to complement the strength of this spirit, it delivers aromatic spices mingled with Juniper and softened with hints of citrus. -Adnams.co.uk
Hayman’s Old Tom
United Kingdom | 40% abv | Sweet | Main botanicals: A mix of 10 secret botanicals | Recommended Pairing: Lemon Slice or Peel
“Authentic Victorian Style of gin” Distilled to a family recipe from the 1870’s, its an authentic mark of English Victorian Heritage. Back in the Victorian days, the gins were not high quality, due to crude distillation techniques and a tendency to cut the spirit with products like turpentine and sulphuric acid to increase profit margins, and sugar was added to make the tainted gin palatable. The public thus gained a taste for sweetened gin, and the style known as “old Tom” was born, named after the wooden cats that dispensed gin discreetly through the pub wall during prohibition times. With a hint of sweetness it delivers a more round and softer taste than the normal London Dry Gins, and fits in between the Dutch Genever and the London Dry.
We make award-winning English gin the original way, just as we always have. -haymansgin.com
Williams Sloe Mulberry Gin
United Kingdom | 29% abv | Liqueur | Main botanicals: Mulberries, sloe berries, rosehips, black/redcurrant, figs | Recommended Pairing: Orange Slice
This gin is the result of Chase Distillery owner Williams pet project to revive the slow-growing mulberry tree in the hearts, minds, and palates of Britons everywhere. While the tree has fallen out of favour due to its low fruit yields and squishy difficult to handle berries, the sweet and moreish taste has never been more alive. Following the first frost, sloe berries are picked and marinaded for eight months with botanicals chosen to compliment that so often forsaken mulberry flavour which is added to the mix for an additional two months before the mixture is distilled into a lovely 30% abv gin, sold and distributed in a signature purple bottle.
As always, inspired by unique and decidedly British flavours, we have been busy marinating Herefordshire hedgerow sloe berries, picked after the first frost last November in a bespoke gin blend. -Williamschase.co.uk