Around the World in 21 Craft Gins [Infographic]
For most of us, our gin knowledge probably only extends as far as the usual brands you’d find down at the supermarket or in your local Wetherspoons, such as Gordon’s, Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire and the like.
A drink with a varied fan base, including both Winston Churchill and Snoop Dogg, gin has had a bit of a mixed reputation, with the phrase ‘gin drunk’ referring to someone getting overly emotional, mean or just crazy under its influence!
However, while you may have heard of the craft beer revolution, did you know that there’s also an emerging craft gin movement bringing the drink back into the mainstream?
In fact, it’s estimated that new craft spirit launches increased as much as 265% globally from 2011 to 2015 according to Mintel.
In their report, they said: “Craft spirit launches are growing at a rapid pace and will continue to rise in more mature markets – particularly the US – as consumers continually seek out ‘special’ offerings.
“Despite being a relatively small sector of the market, craft spirits are growing in response to the huge consumer-led demand for more authentic, more distinctive, more local, less processed and more interesting spirit brands.”
Much like the craft beer movement, craft gin focuses on smaller distillers and different twists on the traditional way of doing things.
To help you broaden your gin palette, the folks at Citybase serviced apartments have put together this infographic looking at 21 craft gins from all around the world.
There are some weird and wonderful options out there, but the majority seem tasty, and rather than simply being used in a G&T or martini, are perfectly serviceable drinks on their own!
While London and the rest of England the UK are considered to be the home of gin, as you can see, there are gins from every corner of the globe from continental Europe, to places you might not expect such as Iceland, Australia, South Africa and Japan.
Many make use of botanicals and ingredients which are unique to their own location, which is what makes them so special!
For example, from Wales, there is the “Seaweed Gin’, which is exactly what it sounds like, while South Africa is home to Inverroche Gin, made from fynbos, a plant which can only be found in the area surrounding its distillery.
While some of the gins on the list might be easier to get hold of than others, as they grow in popularity, we’re sure you’ll see more and more international craft gins here in the UK.
So if you feel like you were behind the curve on the craft beer craze (or any other craze for that matter!) now’s your chance to be the first of your mates to be singing your praises of the juniper-based delight.
You can see the full infographic below, and who knows, it might inspire you to try out something new the next time you’re in a new country?
Just make sure you don’t overdo it and end up ‘gin drunk’!