Over 70 unique gins to choose from...
Our team works hard to source new, limited edition and exclusive gins for our gin loving customers - We currently have over 70 unique gins to choose from at the Blackbird.
Every month, we hold a Gin Of The Month alongside our weekly “perfect serve” gins, which are updated weekly on our Facebook.
History of Gin.
Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis).
From medicinal use in the 1600s, sparking riots in the 1700s, to fuelling underground distilleries in the 1920s, the juniper-based spirit has quite a background.
70 A.D. Pedanius Dioscorides, a physician, published an encyclopaedia regarding herbal medicine, finding the use of juniper berries steeped in wine could fight off chest ailments.
In 1055, the Benedictine Monks of Solerno, Italy included a recipe for tonic wine infused with juniper berries Compendium Solernita which was used as a remedy during the Black Death.
By the 16th century, the Dutch began producing a spirit called Genever also known as Jenever, the juniper-flavoured liquor which was made by distilling malt wine to around 50% ABV (alcohol by volume). Then by the 1700s, it had taken its new form: gin. The belief was that the British were too drunk to pronounce genever so they abbreviated the world to ‘gen’ before eventually becoming the more familiar known “gin.”