Gin can be broken down into classification categories, each one has it’s own production techniques.
The most famous in current times is the well-loved LONDON DRY GIN…a loose generalization as there are no rules about where it actually has to be made for it to carry this title. Unless you are dealing with the 100% London based Oliver Twist London Dry Gin of-course..
Unlike it’s English counterpart the PLYMOUTH GIN, as this is now only made by one distillery – Coates & Co, unsurprisingly in Plymouth. The distillery controls the right for the term “Plymouth Gin”.
GENEVER or HOLLANDS GIN is the Dutch style of gin and although a lower proof traditionally that it’s UK competitors, still a very sought after product due to the first findings of Gin having very strong Dutch routes, and the still practiced traditional serving of Green Herring served with this tipple. (An acquired taste I am told)
OLD TOM GIN however is my favourite, just for the story… supposedly the origin of the name comes from a wooden cat shaped plaque mounted outside pubs. Any customer needing a quick hit could put a penny in the mouth and wait for the bartender inside to pour a shot that would land in the expectant customers mouth as he pursed his lips around a tube coming from the plaques paw!! The worlds first VENDING Machine!!!!