Tiger Gin – Shropshire spirit with bite


  1. a very large solitary cat with a yellow-brown coat striped with black, native to the forests of Asia but becoming increasingly rare.
  2. used in names of tiger moths and striped butterflies, e.g. scarlet tigerplain tiger.

Doesn’t sound very ginny does it, but when JJ Lawrence decided he wanted to make gin he knew it that it had to be called Tiger! A decision that would at first cause him some issue.

The War Years

When Tiger gin first came on the market in 2016 Lawrence was already battle scared.  Heineken Asia Pacific PTE challenged the Tiger trademark, claiming it to be too similar to that of Tiger Beer. A challenge that saw Lawrence being taken to high court and eventually winning. This bout only spurred him on though and in his own words:

“It became a matter of principle, it was long and drawn out but the fight in the tiger in me drove me on to win!”

A Lover of GIN

Lawrence was always a lover of gin but one night he had a thought. He should follow his passion and create a luxury British Spirit in Shropshire. After lots of research, he realised that it would take years to become a qualified distiller. Instead, he chose to enlist the services of Alcohols LTD and set about working with them to produce a spirit that matched a very simple parameter: One that was smooth and sweet enough to be drunk neat over Ice.


  • 100% grain spirit
  • Pure English water
  • Juniper berries from the Balkans (provides classical perfumed notes)
  • Coriander seeds from Eastern Europe (warm eastern spice adds depth and complexity)
  • Cut and dried Angelica root from France/Belgium (earthy base note)
  • Dried sweet lemon peels from Spain (fresh zesty lemony notes accentuates the notes of the other Botanicals)
  • Dried sweet orange peels from Spain (fresh sweet citrus notes)
  • Cassia bark from China (warm spice notes)
  • Liquorice root powder from the Mediterranean (light notes and sweetness)
  • Ground nutmeg from the West Indies (offers that lingering warmth)
  • Cinnamon Bark from Madagascar (delicate warm woody sweet and spicy)
  • Orrisroot powder from Italy (earthy and floral notes which bind all the botanicals)
  • Secret ingredient 1
  • Secret Ingredient 2

How does it taste

The nose is dominated by zesty lemon & powerful juniper. This gin uses quite a traditional selection of ingredients & this shows in the taste. Juniper is the initial flavour that hits your palate. Its a rich, oily jumper full of piney goodness. The addition of the liquorice gives the gin a sweet note but this is quickly overcome by a warmth provided by the coriander seed, cinnamon & cassia bark finishing with a lemon note.


Overall it’s a good G&T gin. The juniper it strong but not overwhelming meaning it works perfectly with a simple tonic and a lime garnish.

Find out more

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