Twelve keys is a gin made by the fantastic chaps at Sartorial Spirits that takes alchemy as its inspiration, and in particular the work of Basil Valentine who published his Twelve Keys text in 1599.

The origins of distilling are closely associated with alchemy. Early distillers believed that distilling captured  the quinta  – the quintessential essence – of a substance (‘Quintessential’ became’ essential’, which is why plant distillates are called essential oils). Early distillers / alchemists distilled everything from plants to precious stones in a search for the elixir of life and therein lie the origins of gin, juniper distillates (or strong waters as they were known in England) being thought to be good for everything from protection against venomous beasts to helping the memory and fortifying the sight.

Twelve Keys have done their research on alchemy and taken four moments in its history as inspiration to select twelve botanicals for their dry gin which make an intriguing mix: juniper, basil, angelica, gentian, caraway, cinnamon, frankincense, honey, apricot, fig, quince and orris.

And so how does this alchemic gin taste?

The nose is full and robust with fresh green notes with an underlying warm earthy spice.

Tasted neat, bright juniper with fresh green notes lead. There is a big peppery bite and a flood of warming spice followed by a sweet succulent fresh fruitiness in the linger. This is a well balanced complex gin that is easy and rewarding to sip neat.

With tonic (Fever Tree regular) a good fresh green nose remains.  On the palette fresh green and pine notes lead followed by a warming spice balanced by a full sweet fruity linger, the gin rounding out with a luxurious silky mouth feel.

Twelve Keys is an extremely drinkable, well balanced dry gin that uses an interesting and innovative mix of botanicals that balances juniper with sweet fruit notes. It makes a very moreish gin and tonic which we garnish with fresh basil.  I am sure Basil Valentine would approve!


Happy Holidays!

We are shut for our annual holiday over the festive period, and re-open refreshed on January 8th.

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year and look forward to seeing you in 2019.


We have two new tasting menus that showcase gins from the floral and fruit categories, flavour styles that are increasingly popular at the moment.

Our Fruit / Floral Tasting menu showcases floral and fruit forward gins:

  • Bloom Jasmine & Rose  43% – A new pink gin from Bloom, light and floral with delicate fruit notes.
  • Chamomile & Cornflower 39% – Made by Old Curiosity who grow all their own herbs. This gin has a vivid infusion of pure cornflower, naturally a vivid blue, and the subtle notes of chamomile.
  • Variorum 37.5% – The juniper and citrus flavours of King of Soho London Dry are complemented with pink berry notes of strawberry and vanilla. A fine berry gin inspired by the spirit of Soho.
  • Pomelo 41% – Made using Juniper, grapefruit, cox’s orange pipin, conference pears, wormwood and liquorice. Fresh and crisp with full-bodied citrus.

Our new Fruit Gin tasting menu showcases three sumptuous fruit gins:

  • Rhubarb Triangle 46% – sweet and fruity, made with fresh rhubarb from the famous Yorkshire rhubarb triangle.
  • Keepr’s Strawberry & Lavender 37.5% – A unique flavour packed gin made using a classic dry gin base enhanced with an infusion of fresh strawberries, lavender and a touch of honey.
  • York Roman Fruit 42.5% – A juniper led dry gin infused with fruits inspired by Yorks roman heritage including apples, strawberry and hibiscus.

These, along with a host of other fabulous fruit and floral gins are waiting for you here at The London Gin Club.

We have a fantastic selection of new gins for autumn and winter 2018 which we are showcasing on our tasting menus. We have also updated our extremely popular Fruit / Floral Tasting menus.

For Tasting menu number 1 we have:

  • Fatty’s Organic gin 40% A 100% organic London dry gin produced in Dulwich infused with dill flowers. A soft, full flavoured gin with herbaceous notes of dill balanced against juniper and citrus.
  • Ginetic 43% – Made in France using techniques traditionally used to produce cognac the botanicals include Juniper, Jamaican Pepper, Lemon Peel, Spanish Coriander, Angelica and Cinchona Bark. Fresh and citrusy with a distinct touches of spice and pepper.
  • Greensand Ridge 40% – An environmentally conscious distillery using 100% renewable energy. This gin includes eight botanicals that can be found within a mile of the distillery: cobnut, gorse flower, oak moss, honey , rosehip, bay, hawthorn and poppy.
  • Triple Point 43% – A refreshing dry gin made with Juniper, spruce needles, fresh lemon, cassia, star anise, chamomile, moor heather and green tea. Bright, juniper and pine led balanced with floral and tea notes.

For Tasting Number 2 we have:

  • Santamania 41% – A Spanish London Dry Gin featuring a base spirit made from Tempranillo grapes and an interesting selection of 14 botanicals that include juniper, lemon, lime, coriander to the rather unusual white pepper, raspberry and Spanish pistachio. Very flavoursome with a great mouth-feel
  • Mother’s Ruin Old Tom 40% Made in a former WWI munitions factory in east London, an aromatic old tom gin made with Juniper, coriander seed, oris, bay, nutmeg, sweet orange peel, vanilla sweetened by a touch of Demerara for depth.
  • Twelve Keys 46% – Made with twelve botanicals inspired by alchemy: Juniper, cinnamon, orris, angelica, frankincense, caraway, gentian, honey, basil, apricots, quince and figs. Heaps of Fresh juniper dominates with some soft notes of fig and apricot against a backdrop of honey.
  • York Cocoa gin 42.5% – This gin combines York dry gin with cocoa beans from the award-winning York Cocoa Works. Subtle, rich notes of chocolate meld with the gin’s traditional botanicals of juniper, cardamom, angelica and pepper. Complex and satisfying with a unique rich element of cocoa

A fabulous selection to add to our shelves sure to keep the winter blues at bay.

It was love at first sight with Duck and Crutch, who can resist such a handsome and beautifully designed bottle. We were further seduced when we learned more about the gin, made lovingly by hand in a 6 x 4ft shed in Kensington by a fabulous couple, George and Hollie. What really made us fall for this gin however was the taste. Made with juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, cassia, nutmeg, cardamom, citrus, fresh thyme, walnut, Darjeeling tea and bourbon vanilla pod. This is a deft balance of classic and modern gin botanicals.

On the nose there are wisps of citrus pine then a flood of vanilla and tea with underlying earth and spice notes. The aroma literally draws your mouth to the glass, it’s very hard to resist.

Tasted neat the lead is fresh pine and citrus, this yields to hints of warm spice followed by a satisfying dry gin kick that grabs the mouth. Tea and vanilla notes round out in a long, long, smooth and subtly sweet linger that builds as you sip.

With tonic (fever tree regular) the gin rounds out, the dilution also brings out an almost creamy, full, mouth feel. On the palette citrus and pine notes lead into a pleasing dry middle with layers of warming spice that yield to a long subtle sweet linger. All the way through this gin is fresh yet creamy, moreish and seductive. Go Kensington!

What can we say, Duck and Crutch shows what can be done by two people with care, attention and love. More please!

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