Pick of the Gins: top seven spirits to wet your whistle at Sunderland’s newest bar

Gin and Bear It, High Street, Sunderland

Gin and Bear It, High Street, Sunderland

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As Gin & Bear It, the city’s centre’s first dedicated gin bar, opens its doors tonight, we take a look at some of the Sunniside venue’s top tipples.

1.Poetic License Old Tom (43.2%) - £5.70

Poetic License Old Tom

Poetic License Old Tom

Distilled over the water at the Roker Hotel, this gin has a sweeter more peppery taste in comparison to a London Dry. The inclusion of rose petals gives it a distinct character to the sweetness, as well as a slight rose gold tinge. Best served with pink peppercorns and lemon zest.

2.Death’s Door (47%) - £7.20

This American brand is inspired by a treacherous stretch of water near Washington Island. It’s a savoury and spicy number using three botanicals. Best served with grapefruit zest and coriander seeds.

3.Professor Cornelius Bathtub Gin (43.3%) - £6

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This English gin is produced using the traditional method of cold compounding. Best served with citrus peel and cloves.

4.Eden Mill Hop Gin (46%) - £6.10

The UK’s first ever hopped gin, which give this Scottish product a strong green, vegetal nose and palate. This is one of the more unusual options on the menu and is best served with hops and orange peel.

5.Monkey 47 (47%) - £6.80

Monkey 47 at Gin & Bear it

Monkey 47 at Gin & Bear it

Arguably one of the most well-respected gins in the world. Originating in Germany, its 47 botanicals make for a complex flavour. It’s best served with orange zest, juniper berries and peppercorns.

6.Plymouth Navy Strength (57%) - £6.90

Ahoy there - this is the strongest gin on the menu that’s been supplied to the Royal Navy for almost 200 years. It’s a big, powerful flavour, with notes of juniper, coriander and cardamom. If you’re brave enough to tackle it, it’s best served with juniper berries.

7.Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin - Yorkshire Tea Edition (42%) - £6.70

A gin with a familiar flavour to it: the subtly aromatic notes of Yorkshire tea. Best served simply, with a lemon wedge.