Gin today is produced in many ways around the world, including the introduction of the organic gin variety. The growing trend has led to many new producers entering the industry and making innovative gin. To pick one from a gin store with over hundreds bottles may be an overwhelming task, understanding the different types available will certainly help. Before putting in your order for gin delivery, here are some the common types of gin in Hong Kong:
London Dry Gin
A frequent choice for our gin delivery, London Dry Gin originates from England. It is most commonly used in making G&T and Martini. The “dry” in London Dry Gin means no artificial flavours or sweeteners can be added during production. Hence it is a very natural presentation of gin, it has strong juniper and is packed with fresh citrus notes. This is the most popular gin in Hong Kong and around the world, you will find London Dry in every gin store in Hong Kong.
Contemporary or Modern Gin
A gin that is juniper is still present but other botanicals are made prominent than classic dry gin. Other than its core botanical juniper berries, you can add any other botanicals desired. The gin Hong Kong produced – Two Moons Signature Dry Gin and N.I.P. Gin uses local botanicals such as Chinese tangerine peels, longan, Chinese tea etc. to represent the spirit of Hong Kong. Contemporary gin in Hong Kong has opened new doors to new drinkers. At Green Bottle gin online store, you will find different kinds of modern gin such as Hendricks, Calamansi Gin and Rose Gin.
Old Tom Gin
A variety that was once popular in 18th century England where it was commonly made in residential homes instead of at gin stores. Because of the terrible quality, people would add liquorice or sweetening agent to make it taste better. So Old Tom Gin became known as a sweetened style of gin. Nowadays, old tom is no longer of bad quality, it is actually a very good gin with a professional distilled method and is popular in gin stores.
The name gin is derived from the Dutch ‘jenever’. It is a traditional spirit in the Netherlands, a gin that does not have a predominant juniper flavour but more malty. The distillers will add ingredients including ginger, cloves, nutmeg, resulting in a rich earth note and you won’t often taste citrus notes like with London Dry.
A style of gin that is quite similar to the London Dry but it can only be made in Plymouth, England. It has more earthy elements such as cardamom, angelica root, orris boot. It gives a drier taste with more citrus flavours and sweeter. The Plymouth gin works well with a Negroni cocktail or anything that has a bitter flavour, and you can definitely check this variety out next time you are in a gin store.
It is much like liqueur rather than gin, and it is made from ripe sloe drupes, a fruit closely related to plum. Sloe berries are added to the gin with sugar, to create a sweet flavour gin with deep ruby red colour.
The above are the common types you will typically find in gin stores in Hong Kong. There are of course more than the 6 types that our gin online store has listed. There is no best type of gin in Hong Kong, and it is totally up to personal preference, so we advise you to choose the bottle that suits your drinking style when ordering a gin delivery in Hong Kong.