Fifty Pounds Gin

Fifty Pounds gin is a Traditional London dry distilled in the south-east of London by John Dore & Co Limited.

The name originates from the levy that was placed on gin under the Gin act of 1736. In an effort to curb the great “Gin Craze” that was happing in England at the time, George II passed the Gin Act and an annual levy of £50 was imposed on all who wanted to distill gin.

This gin contains botanicals from four different continents, which are hand-selected by the plant experts, depending on the season.

The main botanicals are as follows:

  • Juniper Berries
  • Coriander Seed
  • Grains of Paradise
  • Savory
  • Orange & Lemon Peel
  • Licorice
  • Angelica Root


A crisp, clean, classic London dry with slightly earthy tones. You can also pick out the juniper, Lemon and lime peel which gives it a touch of sweetness.


Taken neat and you are first hit with Juniper, followed up by the lemon and coriander. There are citrus flavours in the middle with a nice spicy hit finishing with anise, angelica, juniper and citrus rind.

Mixed with a tonic (my choice being a fentimans) and the gin is lost. It would seem that at 43.5%, this gin is just not strong enough to sit well with a tonic.


If are looking for a good base gin for a cocktail then this is it – the uncomplicated nature of this gin makes it perfect for mixing but, unfortunately, the alcoholic content is lost when taken with a Tonic. This means you lose that lovely juniper taste that so characterises a classic G&T.

Price: £30 – £35


1 Comment

  • SilverFox March 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, you are much better at this review thing than me.. I’m much more casual and subjective… I’ll have to up my game – and actually post some gin reviews 😉


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