Self-isolation and social distancing measures put in place by numerous governments to stop the spread of coronavirus have made it harder to get hold of some of life’s essentials – including, for some of us, gin!
Nervous shoppers are emptying shelves and supermarket online shopping services are stretched to the limit as people attempt to stockpile in case of isolation.
To keep the gin flowing in your household through the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve rounded up a list of distilleries that will deliver to your door, as well as a few specialist online gin stores and subscription clubs.
- Tappers Gin is offering free nationwide delivery of its range of craft gin, which includes Darkside, Brightside and Figgy Pudding. For people who live near its distillery in the Wirral, it offers delivery direct from the site with four free bottles of Fever-Tree mixer.
- The Gower Gin Company in Wales offers a free delivery service, and tries to use eco-friendly and recyclable packaging were possible. The distillery is also making hand sanitiser amid the coronavirus outbreak -– read about more gin distilleries who are doing this here.
- The Cross Stream Distillery in Marlow, Buckinghamshire offers free UK delivery to customers. The husband and wife team behind it are self-taught distillers and currently make its London Dry Gin on a 60-litre still.
- With the Oxford Artisan Distillery, you can get free UK delivery of the only gin in the world to be distilled using ancient populations heritage grain. Its expressions including Botanic Gardens Physic Gin and Ashmolean Dry Gin.
- The Wessex Distillery offers free delivery to UK customers from its facility near Guildford. Its craft gin range is inspired by old English herbal remedies and records of plants and includes Alfred the Great Gin and The Wyvern’s Gin.
Online shops and subscriptions
- Flavourly focuses on beer, but it also has a mean selection of craft gins from the UK and further afield. As well as individual bottles, it sells miniatures and gift packs with mixers and other accessories.
- Specialising in gin gift boxes, The Gin Box has an impressive collection of craft and small-batch gins sold individually, packaged up with tonic and other mixers, or in miniatures selection boxes. It tries to make its packaging eco-friendly and is phasing out plastics.
- The retail arm of popular gin news and features website Gin Foundry, Gin Kiosk, calls itself the “one-stop shop for all things gin” and boasts a range of craft gins from around the world, as well as tonics, “cocktail ingredients” and gift ideas.
- The Gin Stall is a specialist retailer of UK craft gin and offers free standard delivery on orders over £75. Staff are happy to help with recommendations from its collection, which also includes miniatures and gift sets.
- Want an exciting surprise gin delivered to your doorstep each month? Join a subscription service such as Craft Gin Club or Think Gin Club. Both select gins from around the world to send on to subscribers, with each monthly box containing a bottle of gin, cocktail recipes and complimentary gifts including mixers and snacks. Craft Gin Club offers deliveries every one, two or three months, depending on members’ preferences.