The recipe for Gordon’s is known to only twelve people in the world and has been kept a secret for 250 years. Triple-distilled, the gin contains juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice, orris root, orange and lemon peel. It takes ten days distillation after receiving the wheat to create a finished product of a bottle of Gordon’s Gin. Gordon’s recipe differentiated from others at the time in that it didn’t add sugar, which other distillers had used to disguise impurities. This made it a “dry” gin.
In the UK Gordon’s is sold in a green glass bottle, but in export markets it is sold in a clear bottle. Some airport duty-free shops sell it in plastic bottles in the 75cl size.
Gordon’s is sold in several different strengths depending on the market. In the US, the strength is 40% ABV. Until 1992, the ABV in the UK was 40%, but it was reduced to 37.5% to bring Gordon’s gin into line with other white spirits such as white rum and vodka, and also reduce production costs (the other leading brands of gin in the UK, Beefeater gin and Bombay Sapphire, are both 40% ABV in the UK). In continental Europe and in some duty-free stores, a 47.3% ABV version is sold, while in New Zealand and Australia, as of 2011, it is sold at 37.2% ABV, and in South Africa it is 43% ABV.
In addition to the main product line, Gordon’s also produce a sloe gin; a Vodka (US & Venezuela only), two alcopop variants, Space and Spark; three Vodka Liqueur Variants, Cranberry, Parchita and Limon (Venezuela only) and a canned, pre-mixed gin and tonic as well as a canned Gordon’s and Grapefruit (500ml – Russia only).
On 11 February 2013, Gordon’s announced the release of Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber, a flavoured gin, which blends the original gin with cucumber flavour. In early 2014, Gordon’s Elderflower was added to their “flavoured” gin collection and is made in much the same way, with a natural elderflower flavouring being added to the original recipe.
| ABV: 40% | Price: €5