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Best gin

By Siobhan Chan

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Supermarket own-brand gins take on the big names. Find out which is top for your G&T

A cold gin and tonic is the perfect summer drink - but which supermarket has the best gin? And is own-brand gin as good as leading brands such as Beefeater, Greenalls and Gordon's?

We asked a panel of independent experts to taste-test 12 gins to find out the answers, which we reveal below.

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Best and worst gins
Retailer/brand Name Price (for 700ml) Tasting notes Score
Aldi Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin £9.99 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Asda London Dry Gin £11 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Beefeater Dry Gin £16 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
The Co-operative London Dry Gin £11.99 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Gordon's Special Dry London Gin £16 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Greenall's London Dry Gin £15 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Lidl Castelgy London Dry Gin £9.99 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Marks & Spencer London Dry Gin £15 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Morrisons London Dry Gin £10.49 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Sainsbury's London Dry Gin £11.50 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Tesco London Dry Gin £11.50 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Waitrose London Dry Gin £12 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

How we tested gin

We asked supermarkets to nominate good-quality own-brand or exclusive products. We asked for a standard gin (ie, one that wasn’t from a premium or budget range). We also selected branded gins that were sold by most major supermarkets.

Each drink was tasted blind and rated by a panel of experts, who tasted the gins in a different order.

Gins were tasted neat (20% of their score) and with ice, a slice of lemon and 150ml of tonic to 50ml gin (80% of their score).

Our experts were: Ian Wisniewski, spirits writer and consultant; David T Smith, writer, gin specialist and spirits competition judge; Ian Buxton, consultant, commentator and author; and Neil Ridley, drinks writer and consultant.

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