Gin is a distilled and flavoured spirit based on neutral alcohol, with the predominant flavour of juniper berries. The origin of gin can date back to the 11th century. It was made as a medicine by monks in Italy, which is rich in juniper trees. Juniper berries may be bitter to eat, but it was a popular cure-all drink for many medical diseases.
Gin became popular in England in the 18th century and emerged as the national drink of England. Today gin has evolved and produced in many different methods worldwide, with even organic gin becoming increasingly popular. Drinking gin in Hong Kong has definitely become a trend in the past decade. The numbers of gin bars in Hong Kong are increasing. You can also get gin delivery easily without having to line up at a store. The gin Hong Kong people usually drink is mainly from the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. There are thousands of brands and flavours you can get from various gin online stores, and they now usually offer fast gin delivery in Hong Kong.
Before arriving at a gin store, there are 2 main ways to make gin, distilling and cold compounding.
Distilling gin is made by adding botanicals along water to neutral spirits until the desired flavours are met, the process is called re-distillation. To be classified as gin, it must have a predominant flavour of juniper berries. Each recipe is different, by using different botanicals, ethanol extracts, distilled methods will determine the final flavour and character of a gin.
Cold compounded gin requires no re-distillation, it is flavoured with extracts and/or botanicals in neutral spirits by infusion or maceration without distillation. The flavourings can be either natural or artificial. Normally compound gins are considered to be poorer quality than distilled ones. Many of the budget gins are made this way. If you want to avoid this variety, look for a London Dry or distilled label in a gin store in Hong Kong.
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.
Organic gin is distilled from organically sourced ingredients. These organic ingredients can include roots, herbs, seeds, fruits etc. Since quality ingredients can make a significant difference to the taste of gin, therefore organic gin can create a more complex and unique taste profile. You may find the organic gin certificate on our gin store product page, such as USDA Organic and Soil Association. As the organic drinks market is spreading quickly, there is a growing trend of producing organic gin.
By planting these organic ingredients has a positive effect on the environment, so by drinking organic gin in Hong Kong you are actually helping the planet! One of the best organic gin from our gin store is Farmers Botanical Organic Gin, it is handcrafted in small batches from carefully selected botanicals and the purest grains. Organic gin in Hong Kong may not be so common, but don’t worry! We have got you covered. Order your organic gin from Green Bottle and get quick gin delivery in Hong Kong!
If you are new to gin in Hong Kong, you may not be sure where to start. While there are no rules or limits on how you should drink it, we have a few tips to help you enjoy (or even fall in love with) it. Here at Green Bottle gin store Hong Kong, we have different types on offer, you may start to have some ideas of how the flavours of gin can vary with spicy, citrus, nutty, herbal, fruity or even floral.
Pair with mixers – for new drinkers, pair with mixers is the best option for easier acceptance. The most common option is of course, gin and tonic. It is light and refreshing. If you are looking to try something new and alternative, ginger beer or soda water is also a lovely combination.
Neat – it is not very common to drink gin on its own. But it is possible, especially for a high quality gin or organic gin. By drinking it without ice mixers, you can appreciate the true flavours when you sip. Before you plan to drink it neat, we would recommend you to learn about the brand and distilled process. On our gin store’s product page, you will find tasting notes of each product. Grab your organic gin with Hong Kong free delivery now!
On Rocks – serving gin over ice is a nice way to enjoy especially during the hot summer. The flavour of gin can vary in different temperatures. The cold can complex flavours and texture of the gin. Try this with organic gin that has stronger character. If you are bored at drinking gin with mixers, try to have it on rocks and it may bring you a whole new experience!
In Cocktails – preferably, martini! A gin martini is a great way to enjoy gin. The traditional recipe is just made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or lemon twist. A neutral martini allows the flavours of gin to shine. You can get everything you need to make a perfect Martini from our gin online store, try home bartending now!
There are so many wonderful ways to try gin with. It is an evolving drink with countless varieties and combinations. We encourage you to try all the recipes and enjoy through our fast gin delivery!
Green Bottle gin online store has a great selection. Whether you are looking for London Dry, Modern Gin, Sloe gin or organic gin in Hong Kong, find your desired bottle from our large collection.
Green Bottle gin store Hong Kong provides eco-friendly and quick gin delivery in Hong Kong. We offset the carbon footprint of your order with EcoCart and ensure you get the best quality gin delivery. The equivalent amount of carbon emitted through the gin delivery process will be offset by planting trees. We hope to make all gin deliveries in Hong Kong by electric vehicles by 2023. We also use FSC certified and fully recyclable Flexi-Hex packaging to pack all the orders to make sure the gin delivery will be fully protected.
To help our gin online store customers to choose a better and greener bottle, we have developed the Green Bottle Rating system to help you choose a sustainable bottle. Customers will be rewarded for making a more sustainable purchase at our gin store. Shop your organic gin in Hong Kong today, and also get quick gin delivery to go with it!