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Throughout its history, gin has undergone an extensive metamorphosis. The spirit was vilified as ‘mother’s ruin’ in the 18th century, while illegal bathtub operations defined gin in the Prohibition era. In the 1950s and ’60s, gin became a home-bar staple of the post-war suburbs, finally evolving into its current guise as a trendy cocktail ingredient renowned the world over.


AMY HOPKINS: Award-winning journalist Amy Hopkins has spent most of her career writing about spirits, covering the trends and issues that affect the spirits industry at a global level.


She worked at the world’s only trade magazine dedicated to spirits, The Spirits Business, for more than six years, and edited the publication for two years. During this time, she judged numerous cocktail competitions around the world and was chair of blind-tasting competition The Global Spirits Masters.


Now a freelance journalist, Amy writes for titles including The Guardian, Class, Drinks International, Decanter and Global Drinks Intel.


The gin renaissance of recent years has been nothing short of remarkable, and as the popularity of the juniper-flavoured spirit has soared, so too has the number of brands and innovations on the market. There are now thousands of gins to choose from, and it can be hard to cut through the noise. But do not despair – below, you will find details of some of the very best.


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