The best boutique gins

These unique UK-distilled gins have got real fighting spirit

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Dorset’s finest

Fresh from the county’s first gin distillery comes this Conker Spirit Dorset Dry Gin. A unique blend of 10 botanicals including juniper heart, elderberries and samphire. Handpicked gorse flowers from the nearby New Forest give it proper southern roots. Master of Malt, £35.95 for 70cl

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It’s personal

Distilled with local Cornish water and fired by flame in a copper still, every single step of the Tarquin’s Gin distillery process is given special attention. With only 300 bottles in each batch, every bottle is filled and labelled by hand, meaning no one will ever look exactly like another. Cellar Door Drinks, £32.95 for 70cl

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True north

Established in 2014 in Caithness – a part of Scotland so far north it’s a 15 minute drive from John O’Groats – Rock Rose Gin’s recipe includes rowan berries, sea buckthorn and rose root, native to Scotland. Plus, the cool ceramic bottle will look great on the drinks trolley (if it lasts that long). Dunnet Bay Distillers, £34 for 70cl

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Weird science

Yep, Anty Gin is exactly what it says on the bottle. A joint venture between the Nordic Food Lab and The Cambridge Distillery, the spirit includes the natural essence of red wood ants. You can now order from batch #3. The thought makes us a little itchy, but we’d give it a go. Cambridge Distillery Shop, £200 for 70cl

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To the country

Born and bred in Market Harborough, Two Birds London Dry Gin is a smooth classic, but produced in little batches of 100 bottles to keep the quality of each as high as the next. These chaps also create limited seasonal varieties depending on what botanicals are available that season. Two Birds Spirits, £28 for 70cl

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