Thomas Dakin Gin

By Adam Monday 14th Dec, 2015

We love a drink with a little bit of history to it. And while Thomas Dakin Gin may only have been launched in July of this year, it’s heritage stretches back over 250 years, to the 18th Century, when British Distilling pioneer Thomas Dakin started producing his very own Gin in Warrington.

His distillery was ideally situated half way between Manchester and Liverpool, which were just recently started to boom due to the development of the English Canal network. This meant Dakin’s Gin was literally ideally placed to spread like wildfire in two of the fastest growing cities in the UK.

And for that we will forever be thankful to Mr Thomas Dakin….in fact we’re unsure why he doesn’t have a ‘Sir’ before his name, given his services to Gin back then. Throughout the start of the 18th century, Gin had a terrible reputation – it certainly wasn’t seen as the sophisticated evening serve that it is now. In fact many saw it as the scourge of English society. But Mr Dakin changed all that, with his premium Gin – thank you sir

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This particular Gin is currently being produced from the G&J Distillers distillery in Warrington – the very same company that Thomas Dakin and his family sold his distillery and recipe to. However, they are currently scouring Manchester for a suitable site to solely produce Thomas Dakin.

But, does the Gin do Mr Thomas Dakin justice?? Thankfully, yes it does – we’re not sure we could handle it if it didn’t do the great man justice. This Gin is a blend of 11 different botanicals. Of course it has the obligatory Juniper, the traditional Orange peel, Grapefruit and Coriander, but it is the Red Cole – or Horseradish as it is more commonly known these days, that really set this Gin apart.

There is no doubting that the Red Cole gives this Gin a rather unique flavour profile. All of the traditional Gin flavours are there when it first hits your mouth, but they are then merged with the warming and fiery spice from the Red Cole and Cubeb Pepper. This creates a very warming and uplifting Gin that is perfect for reviving the senses.

Indeed, the original idea for the Red Cole came from an old English Red Cole and Orange cordial recipe, which was used to revive the spirits of weary travellers, so we can see why it has this uplifting effect when sipping it.

Overall, this is a Gin that really works and brings something slightly different to the market. The branding is slick, sophisticated and successfully portrays the old English heritage of Thomas Dakin, while the taste and quality is exceptional.

So now we move onto our suggested cocktail. We thought it best to choose a cocktail that emphasises the unique Red Cole ingredient that is the signature of this whisky – The Thomas Dakin Red Snapper

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  • 50ml Thomas Dakin Gin
  • 125ml Tomato Juice
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 1 TSP of Worcester sauce
  • ½ TSP of Tabasco
  • ½ TSP of Horseradish sauce
  • 8 Coriander leaves
  • Dash of Orange Juice


  • Stir all ingredients together over ice in a highball glass
  • Garnish with a sprig of Coriander and stir in a celery stick
  • Grind over some black pepper

Thomas Dakin Gin is available for £29.95 from












Thomas Dakin Gin – launched in July and is a new small batch gin. Thomas Dakin Gin is a juniper-led

lassic style gin with sweet orange and citrus notes and a pepper and savoury finish, thanks to the cubeb

berries and red cole.  Available from Harvey Nichols,  Booths and The Wine Rack. Price from 29.00.