Here are a few facts you might not know about some of our beloved gins: Tanq10, Sipsmith and Bombay Sapphire. But first! Why we are fans of King William of Orange (well, one particular policy of his). King William can be credited in part for gin’s popularity because in 1689 he heavily taxed imported spirits, and dropped taxes for local distillers in England, thus boosting British gin production (and its popularity!).

Tanqueray 10:

Tanq 10 Is named after its still number, the copper distilling unit it is made in. Because of the size of the still, it is affectionately nicknamed “Tiny Ten”.

The base of the re-designed Tanq 10 bottle is ridged and reminiscent of a juicer, because of its strong focus on fresh citrus. Its shape also mirrors that of a cocktail shaker. You can learn more about the infusions and botanicals in Tanq10 and our other gins in one of our cocktail masterclasses!

Sipsmith gin:

Sipsmith opened in 2009 and along with it, the first functioning copper pot still in London for 200 years! Sipsmith make several different types of gin, made in their four stills: Prudence, Patience, Constance, and their little sister Cygnet.

Gin and vodka are made in a similar way (gin essentially is flavoured vodka) so Sipsmith also create and sell vodka from their copper stills.

Balls Brothers Sipsmith Gin

Bombay Sapphire:

Its name was inspired by the Star of Bombay, a beautiful violet blue sapphire found in Sri Lanka. The bottle’s translucent blue was based on that of the Star of Bombay.

It was because of this new gin that legendary bartender Dick Bradsell created the Bramble cocktail.

Balls Brothers Bombay Sapphire

So with all that knowledge on board, it’s about time you let the weekend be-GIN and showed off your new ginteresting facts with £5 g&t’s from 5pm!