Top Black Friday Gin deals: including deals of the day
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for one of the biggest events in the shopping calendar – Black Friday.
It’s hard to miss the news that this year Black Friday falls this Friday, 27 November.
A huge sales day for both the UK and US, it isn’t just about the best tech deals – there are huge savings to be made on wine and spirits too, so it’s the perfect opportunity to restock your drinks cabinet.
Amazon started some of their offers early, here in the UK. Expect a flurry of new deals from Thursday 26 November.
As other merchants get in on the act and Black Friday gin offers start to roll in, take a look at the great selection of gins below, recommended by Decanter’s experts – all perfect for stocking up ahead of the festive season, or planning ahead for Christmas presents.
Basic gin styles
You may come across different gin styles on the label: here’s a basic guide the some of the most common:
London Dry Gin: unlike Scotch or Cognac, London dry gin can be made anywhere in the world. ‘London Dry’ is a reference to the style of gin production rather than an indication of production location. By law London Gin must be processed by redistilling the neutral spirit in a pot still in the presence of juniper and other botanicals. Essentially, it is for styles that generate flavours through distillation as opposed to post-distillation either by including them in the mix, macerating for varying lengths of time, or allowing distilled vapour to pass through them extracting flavour as they go.
Plymouth Gin: one of the 13 Protected Geographical Indications, Plymouth Gin must be made in Plymouth, on the south coast of England. It is slightly less dry than the more common London style of gin due to a higher than usual proportion of root ingredients which impart an earthier feel to the gin.
Old Tom: it’s often called the ‘missing link’ in classic gin flavour profiles as it is slightly sweeter than London Dry but slightly drier than the Dutch Jenever. Old Tom was the original gin used for the popular Tom Collins cocktail and the gin of choice for much of the 18th and early 19th Centuries.
Navy Strength: characterised by an uncommonly high proof, 57% ABV and above. This was the traditional strength demanded by the British Royal Navy. Its inception was the result of spilled gin below ship decks failing to ignite the adjacent gun power they were stored next to. Officers began to suspect their gin supplies were being diluted by dishonest distillers or merchants and started testing the gin to ensure they received gin of the proper strength, at least 114 proof – today’s 57%.
As for how you enjoy it, a straight gin and tonic will never go out of fashion – don’t forget to use a decent-quality tonic. But gin is also the base for a range of classic cocktails, including a gin martini, a gimlet, a Negroni and a French 75. It seems that many of us are turning to cocktail making for the first time in lockdown – sales of vermouth at UK merchant Majestic have soared by 69% since April. Look out for the Majestic Black Friday deals on wines and spirits as they are released.
Black Friday gin offers
- Amazon UK – Savings across spirits, including gin
- Waitrose – Great discounts off gin brands, including Plymouth
- Master of Malt – Black Friday deals live
- The Whisky Exchange – Savings on brands, including The Botanist and Tanqueray 10
Gin deals of the day
Gin Mare Gin
This Mediterranean gin will transport you to summer, distilled from olives, thyme, rosemary and basil, and citrus fruits soaked for a year in clay jars. Alc: 42.7%
£39.50 Now £32 at Waitrose
Tarquin’s Handcrafted Cornish Dry Gin
The flagship release from Southwestern Distillery in North Cornwall, this features fragrant, handpicked Devon violets and orange zest in the blend. Alc: 42%
£32.50 Now £21.99 at Amazon
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Tanqueray No. 10
Always a popular choice, this gin is a great example of citrussy botanicals in action, with flavours of lemons, oranges and blood grapefruit. Alcohol 47.3%
Distilled in Plymouth since 1793, this is a blend of seven botanicals, including sweet orange. It’s smooth, and slightly sweeter than a classic London dry style, and is a great-value everyday gin choice – even more so when it’s on offer! Alc 41.2%
With its iconic bold, black bottle, Bulldog makes a stylish gift for the modern gin lover. Twelve carefully selected botanicals are added, including white poppy from Turkey, dragon eye and lotus leaf from China, and warming liquorice. It has a distinctive flavour of juicy blueberries, and a sprinkling of blueberries makes the ideal garnish. There you go – one of your five a day sorted! Alc 40%
If you enjoy a more floral flavour in your gin, this is the one to go for, and also a good choice if you’re not a big fan of juniper. Alc 41.4%
Ableforth’s Bathtub gin
A warming, spice-driven gin, ideal for cold winter evenings. Think cloves, cardamom and cinnamon flavours, plus candied lemon. Alc 43.3%
The Botanist gin
Made with 31 botanicals, 22 of them Islay-foraged, all flavours are well balanced, resulting in a rounded, herbal gin. Alc 46%
A light style of gin, this is another floral choice, with chamomile and honeysuckle in the choice of botanicals and makes a refreshing gin and tonic. Alc 40%
Another popular choice, this London dry gin features Moroccan cubeb berries, West African grains and Spanish almonds among the list of botanicals. Citrussy and with a warming pepperiness, this is an incredibly versatile gin, which is an ideal base for cocktails. Alc 40%
No.3 London Dry Gin
It took Berry Bros. & Rudd two years to create this award-winning gin, working with master distillers, top mixologists, and Dr David Clutton – the only person in the world to have a PhD in gin. They selected a mix of botanicals to create a truly classic London Dry gin, With just the right amount of coriander, angelica root, cardamom, grapefruit peel, sweet orange peel and, of course, juniper. Alc 46%
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