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A Modern Day Gin Craze


The WSTA’s (Wine and Spirit Trade Association) Market Report was published yesterday and guess what spirit got top billing… yep, gin. In 2017, over 51m bottles of gin were sold - that’s an increase of 27%, 9.5m bottles and £104m - and the biggest news, this means that customers bought the equivalent of a bottle for every adult in the UK last year.  16 million of these were sold in the 12 weeks leading up to December 31st - that £413m worth of gin imbibed over the festive season - you thirsty bunch.

This boom in gin sales can be laid at the door at the volume of distilleries and gin brands in the UK - there are now 315 distilleries in the UK which is more than double the number that were operating in 2013 - plus the number of gin brands is now well over 100, doubling the number since 2011.


Last year was also a record-breaking year for British gin exports, which broke the £500m barrier to hit £530m in value sales.

So with the Ginaissance slowing no signs of showing - what’s your new favourite? We’re enjoying Gin Sul (delicious German gin made with Portuguese lemons), Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz (try it with Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon), Gunpowder Gin (in honour of St Patrick’s Day!) and the gin that never gets old, Portobello Road Gin.


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