Disclaimer: All products have been chosen and reviewed independently by the Countrysider team.
It’s hard to beat a crisp G&T on a nice hot day, or any day for that matter. However, we think it can be made even better by opting for one of the UK & Ireland’s splendid countryside gins for your next tipple.
We’ve handpicked a fabulous bunch of producers who embody all that is unique about their community, local surroundings and heritage – and craft it into every bottle of proper countryside gin.
The countryside gins to try this year (In no particular order)
An artisan spirits collection based around rural Berkshire’s stunning 9,000 acre Yattendon Estate, Berkshire Botanical’s philosophy is to produce enduring, sustainable countryside spirits and liqueurs using the inspiration of the flora and the fauna found on the estate.
Berkshire Botanical also partner with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust to ensure the protection of local wildlife.
Our favourites: Dry Gin, Rhubarb & Raspberry Gin, Dandelion & Burdock Gin, Sloe Gin
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds Distillery reflect the beauty of their surroundings and honour its heritage in everything they do, from using local ingredients and natural processes to partnering with a number of local producers.
Cotswolds Dry Gin is distilled with a blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, creating a London Dry Gin with a lovely aromatic twist. The distillery uses over ten times the average amount of botanicals used by most premium gins, and doesn’t remove the essential oils which form a unique pearlescent cloud when ice or tonic is added.
The Cotswolds Distillery also produces a range of small-batch spirits and liqueurs, including a Ginger Gin, and two wonderful Wildflower Gins inspired by the glorious grasslands of the Cotswolds countryside.
Our favourites: Cotswolds Dry Gin, Wildflower Gin No. 1 & 2, Ginger Gin, Barrel-aged Hedgerow Gin
Location: The Cotswolds
A globally award-winning Distillery in North Wales, Aber Falls produces gins, liqueurs and whiskies using Welsh ingredients from the region, which are expertly crafted using Welsh water, filtered from the Snowdonia mountain range.
Our favourites: Welsh Dry Gin, Marmalade Gin, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin
Location: North Wales
Nestled between the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged Yorkshire Dales National Park sits the exceptional Cooper King Distillery. Who not only have a fantastic story to tell, but also produce a range of sustainable gins bursting with flavour and purpose. Combining innovative distillation techniques with locally-sourced botanicals and Yorkshire-grown wheat.
Cooper King are immensely passionate about sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of their products, and are one of only a handful of distilleries in the UK to run on 100% green energy. So with this gin you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re directly helping to remove carbon from the atmosphere, reforest the UK and improve biodiversity.
Our favourites: Dry Gin, Herb Gin
Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery, Colwith Farm Distillery delicately produces everything from scratch, on a single estate. From preparing the wash, fermenting, distilling, rectifying and finally bottling. Every step of the production process is carried out in-house. Even the water used in the production process rises from an aquifer situated right beneath the distillery.
Our favourites: Dry Gin, Spiced Gin, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin
Warner’s are craft distillers who make outstanding artisan gin from their 200 year old barn on Falls Farm in the lovely Northamptonshire village of Harrington.
Put simply – They are farm-grown people who turn farm-grown ingredients into farm-grown gin.
Our favourites: Rhubarb Gin, Honeybee Gin, Raspberry Gin, Elderflower Gin, Sloe Gin, Joules Apple & Pear Gin
Wild Fox Distillery are fourth Generation farmers with an inherited passion for quality and care for the countryside. Diversifying into ‘farm-to-bottle’ Gin crafting in 2019, they embody the heritage of their family farm into each and every bottle.
Our favourites: Dry Gin, Rhubarb & Elderflower Gin
Located in the wooded valleys of Dulverton, just near the border of Devon, Exmoor Distillery sits on the southern gateway to Exmoor National Park and is a stunning setting to produce world class gin.
Developed from their personal passion for fine spirits, Exmoor Distillery is a small family run distillery determined to share their love for premium quality gins.
Our favourites: Northmoor Navy Reserve Gin, Northmoor Classic Gin
Founded in the quaint market town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire – ‘The Heart of Rural England’. Two Birds Spirits consider themselves to be an original artisan distillery, inspired by traditions of craftsmanship and the great British countryside. Two Birds gin is handcrafted throughout the entire process, from distillation to bottling
Our favourites: Strawberry & Vanilla Gin, Parma Violet Gin, Watermelon Gin, Lemongrass Gin, Rhubarb Gin
Wye Valley Gin is a premium Welsh gin, craft distilled in Monmouthshire. Inspired by enchanting woodlands and spectacular Wye Valley, this gin is handcrafted using botanicals growing wild throughout the area.
Our favourites: Wye Valley Gin
Mór Irish Gin is a bold gin made out of the Arderin Distillery, a craft distillery founded by Eoin Bara in 2015 and located in Ireland. He is the product of a legacy stretching back to the 1930s. When his grandfather was a master distiller of world renowned Irish whiskey.
Our favourites: Wild Berry Gin, Pineapple Gin, Dry Gin
Dorset’s first gin distillery do everything themselves, from distilling locally foraged botanicals with New Forest spring water, to bottling all their gin by hand.
They are genuine craft distillery with a meticulous focus on quality, without the shortcuts.
Our favourites: Dorset Dry Gin, Port Barrel Gin
Hussingtree gin produce in small batches in rural Worcestershire and love seeking out interesting botanicals grown within their home county.
They handcraft their dry gins in small batches in traditional alembic copper stills, following the one shot method – only adding water to distilled gin to bring it down to their desired bottling strength.
Our favourites: Juneberry Gin, Asparagus Gin, Bumbleberry Gin