We’ll be the first to tell you that gin drinking never gets boring. But occasionally you may fancy spicing up (or sweetening) your experience by trying some of the best unusual gins.
In this collection you’ll find gins from all over the globe and some from outer space (true!) that will make yours a G&T to remember.
This guide has a quirky little something for everyone and each tipple will go down a treat paired up with your tonic water of choice.
Working your way through this list of these unusual gin flavours will truly be a taste odyssey!
Seaweed Gin, Dà Mhìle, 70cl, 42%
The Dà Mhìle Distillery in Wales infuses hanpicked seaweed, sourced from the Celtic coast, for three weeks to create the distinctive small batch gin.
The botanicals, including lemon, thyme, fennel, pepper, cardamom are included with the intention of the gin being a complimentary partner to seafood.
Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin is available from Master of Malt for £29.95.
Nettle Gin, J.J Whitley, 70cl, 38.6%
Moving to inland vegetation we come to the fascinating Nettle Gin. Whilst it is still a junpier-led gin it packs a mighty herbaceous punch.
Nettle dominates the taste, with flavours like basil and coriander creeping in for a herbal, grassy sensation. Citrus also makes an appearance in this complex and intriguing gin.
J.J Whitley Nettle Gin is available from Ocado, costing £16.
Handcrafted Dry Gin, Whitley Neill, 70cl, 43%
Inspired by the captivating flavours of South Africa, this gin contains fresh citrus Baobab fruit and aromatic Cape Gooseberries blended with seven traditional botanicals to produce a gin with African spirit.
The Neill family have been distilling gin for 8 generation since 1762 and the heritage stretches back as far as the Baobab trees found in Africa today – the signature botanical used in the gin today.
Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin is available to buy from Master of Malt for £22.57.
Yorkshire Tea Gin, Masons, 70cl, 42%
You can’t get a much more comforting combination than gin and tea. Pioneered by the Beefeater 24 gin with its Chinese green tea ingredients, tea-infused gin is a trend that’s taken off.
It doesn’t overwhelmingly taste like tea but dark tannin notes do make an instant impression. They mix well with piney juniper and the softer spice flavours of cardamom and fennel.
Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin is available from Amazon for £34.
Saffron Gin, 70cl, 40%
Saffron Gin is produced in Dijon, France by the distillers at Gabriel Boudier. It’s made from nine fresh botanicals that include juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris, fennel and saffron.
Saffron is famously more expensive than gold when weighed so this gin is a valuable addition to any drinks cabinet.
The delicate saffron present in this gin will go great in a G&T, topped with a slice of orange.
Saffron Gin is available from Amazon, priced at £31.95.
Elephant Gin, 50cl, 45%
Elephant Gin contains 14 botanicals, including African ingredients such as African Wormwood, Baobab and the Buchu plant. It’s produced in Germany in small batches but is inspired by Africa.
15% of profits go to two African elephant foundations (Big Life and Space for Elephants) which support rangers who protect against poachers and run education projects in local communities.
Elephant Gin is available from The Whisky Exchange for £30.75.
Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin, Bullards, 70cl, 40%
Mixing strawberry with black pepper is certainly an unusual combo, but trust us, it works. Made using fresh strawberries, black pepper, cardamom and lemon peel, Bullards has managed to successfully pair two unlikely botanical partners.
This sweet, fruity drink with a subtle peppery kick is ideal to drink on a hot summer’s day in a tall glass with ice and slices of strawberries.
Bullards Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin is available from Amazon for £39.
Moonshot Gin, That Boutique-y Gin Company, 50cl, 46.6%
Moonshot Gin from That Boutique-y Gin Company is made solely with botanicals that have been sent to space. We don’t mean botanicals that have, in the past, once travelled to space, we mean the very ones that you drink have been to space and back!
Ingredients including juniper, coriander, cubeb pepper, fresh lemon peel and camomile flowers were sent via balloon into the stratosphere at an approximate altitude of 24km where they were exposed to extremely low pressures.
The result is a gin that you can truly say is out of this world.
Moonshot Gin is available from Master of Malt, priced at £21.95.
Admit it, you want to buy this gin because the little guy on the front is so cute! Tarsier’s are the world’s smallest primates with massive eyes and can be found in the rainforests of South East Asia.
Their habitat influences the botanical list in this gin. Alongside seven traditional gin botanicals, Tarsier Gin features the addition of the exotic calamansi, Kampot pepper, Thai sweet basil and galangal.
Tarsier Gin is available from Master of Malt, costing £35.45.
Ki No Bi Gin, Kyoto Distillery
Japanese distillers Kyoto Distillery have created a totally original gin. The botanical list includes the likes of yuzu, hinoki wood chips, bamboo leaves, green sansho and gyokuro tea.
Ko Bi No is made using a rice spirit base and a selection of locally-sourced ingredients, which were split into six distinct flavour groups: Base, Citrus, Tea, Spice, Fruity & Floral and Herbal.
Each group was then distilled individually before being blended together.
Ki No Bi Gin is available from Master of Malt and £44.95.
Sharish Blue Magic Gin, 50cl, 40%
Extracts of a flower known as blue pea are what makes this Portuguese gin from the Sharish range stand out. Sharish Blue Magic Gin is named for its magnificent colour, brought about by the unusual botanical.
Blue pea has one more trick up its sleeve: when you mix the gin with tonic it turns pink! Possibly the most Instagrammable entry to our best unusual gins list.
Sharish Blue Magic Gin is available from Amazon priced at £33.45.
Chocolate Gin, Xolato, 50cl, 46%
Belgian chocolate makers Xolato have created a chocolate gin that is infused with cocoa beans from Colombia, Pietmonte hazelnuts, Avola almonds, wild Madagascan chilli peppers and vanilla pods.
With an insane 47 botanicals in total, X-gin is beautifully balanced, sweet, smooth and surprisingly light on the palate with a subtle bitter-chocolatey finish.
Xolato X-Gin is available from Amazon for £38.93.
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