The 6 Best Cotswold Gins and the 7 Best Spots to Try Them!

Cotswold Gin (Last Updated On: 19th August 2019)

Gin has a status and reputation to maintain. It’s the UK’s favourite drink for a reason, its enduring popularity can easily surpass any seasonal cocktail fad. However, it’s possible that the people behind the scenes of the gin creation process love the product even more than we do. Their dedication and passion for the drink has seen numerous craft gin distilleries pop up all over the UK, causing its resurgence in popularity. The Cotswolds is certainly no exception, home to an intriguing array of distilleries and bars. Here’s our guide to the best that the Cotswolds has to offer in the world of gin…

 

6 Best Cotswold Gins

 

Cotswolds Dry Gin

The eponymous gin brand of the Cotswolds was founded in 2014 by Daniel Szor, a native New Yorker with a passion for all things gin and whisky and would have to be in our 6 best Cotswold gins. Crafted entirely at the Cotswold Distillery in Shipston-on-Stour, the Cotswolds Dry Gin is a firm favourite in the craft gin world, distilled with nine carefully selected botanicals: juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, Cotswold lavender, bay leaf, hand-peeled fresh lime, pink grapefruit zest, cardamom and black peppercorn. The resulting flavour is rich, delicious and abundant with essential oils.

 

Brennen & Brown

After finding out from a distiller in 2012 that a gin with ginger as the predominant flavour hadn’t existed commercially for over 100 years, founder Richard Bamber set out on a journey of discovery that resulted in Brennen & Brown, the Cheltenham based distillery that produce a vast range of flavoured and special edition gins. If you’re looking for a truly immersive experience, Brennen & Brown offer fabulous and ‘ginformative’ gin tasting evenings, as well as Lab Experiences for two where you can create your own 70cl bottle of gin!

 

Sibling Gin

Sibling Gin is an ultra-slick gin brand, distilled, bottled and sold at the Sibling Distillery in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Created by four siblings, (whose parents run a micro-brewery next door) Sibling Gin is modern, forward-thinking and made with a real hands-on approach, from the canoe paddle-mashed sugar cane which comprises the base alcohol, to the freshly prepared fruits and botanicals – earning its place firmly in our 6 best Cotswold gins. Every step of the process takes place in their state-of-the-art distillery, producing high-quality, fresh, modern and wonderful-tasting gins. Sibling offer very popular distillery tours on specific dates, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on their website!

 

Bath Gin

Located in one of Bath’s many beautiful Georgian buildings, the Bath Gin Company is Bath’s first gin distillery for over 250 years, since the Gin Acts of the 18th Century. Producing artisan flavours over their five-floor, self-proclaimed gin palace, with their adjoining Canary Gin Bar offering the perfect spot for a tipple or two (see more information below) the Bath Gin Company is always a good idea!

 

Bath Botanical Gin

A trip to the Bath Botanical Gin Distillery and Herbal Apothecary is even more interesting than it sounds! A must-visit for gin lovers, the distillery is located in Widcombe, just across the river from the town centre. All gins, as well as the numerous other herbal products for sale such as teas and elixirs, are made on site using fresh, natural ingredients that have been locally sourced and are often hand-picked. Tasters of the whole range are available to try – a truly unique gin-experience!

 

6 O’Clock Gin

Based in Thornbury, just outside of Bristol, 6 O’Clock Gin produce a stunning range of smooth gins that celebrate their Bristolian roots, from their classic London Dry in its iconic Bristol Blue Glass bottle to their ‘exquisitely engineered’ Brunel Edition. Distillery tours are available to book online, with all guests offered at 6 O’Clock G&T at the beginning and plenty of samples along the way – a perfect day out!

7 Best Spots in the Cotswolds for a G&T

So now you know all about the best gins produced in the Cotswolds and outlying areas, but where’s the best place to enjoy a crisp G&T? Here are our top picks!

The Cotswold Distillery – Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour

Top of the list if of course the home to the Cotswolds Dry Gin in Shipton-on-Stour, offering a shop, tasting room, café, distillery tours 7 days a week (pre-booking required) and gin blending masterclasses once a month – the perfect day out with plenty to see and do.

 

The Canary Gin Bar – Bath

Located on street level below the distillery at the Bath Gin Company, The Canary Gin Bar is an eclectic gin haven, with experienced mixologists on hand who have created all the favourite cocktails of ‘Gin Austen’, or alternatively you can enjoy sharing your Bath Gin from a teapot with your family and friends! In addition to their own brand Bath Gin range, The Canary Gin Bar offers guests over 230 different types of gin!

 

The Feathers – Woodstock

If you’ve ever wondered which bar in the world stocks the most gins – then let this be the answer to your question! This cosy bar was actually the first place in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the greatest selection of gins on the planet. A 17th Century townhouse with over 400 types of gin the delightful town of Woodstock, you can’t go wrong.

 

The Bell – Selsley, Stroud

Sitting just off the side of Selsley Common, The Bell is a beautiful pub with its very own gin bar, stocking local gins and all the favourites, as well as special gins from overseas depending on the owner’s latest travels! With over 70 varieties to try, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect tipple after a refreshing walk on the common.

 

The Maytime Inn – Burford

Located just outside of the beautiful Cotswold town of Burford, The Maytime Inn is an elegant Cotswold pub specialising in gin. With over 100 different options and 12 different types of tonic water that perfectly compliment a multitude of taste, it’s always gin time at The Maytime.

 

The Slaughters Manor Hotel – Lower Slaughter

A sumptuously luxurious Cotswold Hotel, The Slaughters Manor’s decadent bar beckons gin-lovers from afar. Every G&T comes with a specially selected garnish, from Thyme & Grapefruit Twist to Rosemary & Sliced Strawberries, you can be sure that your drink is served with a splash of opulence.

 

John Gordons – Cheltenham

Located in the most stylish part of Cheltenham, Montpellier, John Gordons is an independent spirit merchant stocking a wonderful range of gins, sourced both locally and from around the world. Guests can browse the collection and then enjoy a glass or two over a bite to eat in the welcoming bar area (open until late), with the added option to purchase a bottle of your favourite tipple!

 

We hope you’re in the mood for a refreshing G&T by now! Book your stay in the Cotswolds today – our 6 best Cotswold gins can be found throughout the area and the land of delicious, natural craft gins and speciality bars awaits you…

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