26 of the most beautiful gin bottles

Euan Harris | 21 July 2019

We see it time and again; a new gin launches with a stunning bottle and it helps catapult it to the forefront of our consciousness. In the age of Instagram, a beautiful bottle is now almost essential in cutting through the hugely crowded marketplace. As a result, packaging is now at the forefront of product launches and we’ve seen incredible concepts in recent years. A bottle is no longer a single-use item either, but upcycled into vases, lamps and more.

Such has been the avalanche we’ve updated this feature, having first published it in December 2017. Hopefully, you’ll agree with the additions!

26. nordés Gin

Spain

The bottle design is inspired by traditional ceramics of Sargadelos from the gin’s home in Galicia. Synonymous with utilising singular designs and white and blue colours, Nordés mirror these designs expertly to create a bottle instantly recognisable as their own.

Read our review of Nordés Gin.

25. Tyree Gin

Scotland

The first of many island gins on the list is Tyree Gin. Created by Glasgow-based consultancy O Street, it focuses on a clean design using two of Tyree Gin’s main botanicals – kelp and machair –  marrying the land and sea with simplistic turquoise and charcoal hand-drawn type marque. A really stunning design in its simplicity.

24. Kirkjuvagr Storm Navy Strength Gin

Scotland

{Sample gifted previously]
Ever since I was a small boy, I’ve always been fascinated by the Vikings. Perhaps that’s why I’m so drawn to the packaging of Kirkjuvagr, particularly their navy strength gin – “Storm”.

Angelica, one of the key botanicals in the gin, has strong Norse-connections, and was brought to Orkney by the legendary seafairers. The branding is instantly recognisable as Viking and helps to create a product which is true to the island’s heritage, and unmistakably Orcadian.

23. Tarquin’s cornish Gin

England

Tarquin’s Gin has always had a really pretty bottle. With its signature wax finish, it’s one that stood out. In August 2018, to mark the 5th anniversary, the bottle went to a whole new level.

The sea glass design – “a tactile and emotive nod to the Cornish provenance” – really is beautiful and further adds to what is, a truly great gin.

Martin Miller's Gin bottle wedged in snow

22. Martin Miller’s Gin

England

Martin Miller’s Gin was one of the frontrunners of the gin revival. Launched in 1999, it remains an excellent gin to this day. 

The bottle itself is cleverly styled. With transparent glass the designs on the front and back of the bottle work in tandem, showing the location of its distillation (England) and the journey it makes to add the pure waters of Iceland that are synonymous with the brand.

Read our review of Martin Miller’s Gin

21. Red Door Gin

Scotland

After 120 years of distilling whisky, Benromach Distillery in Speyside turned their hand to gin in July 2018. Taking its name and bottle design from the distinctive doors on the distillery, it makes for a striking red bottle.

Around its neck you’ll find the doors themselves and if you look closely, their resident distillery cat!

20. Fisher’s Gin

England

The Fishers Gin bottle was designed by Parisian, Gilbert Lopez. Following a three-day visit to their Aldeburgh home in Suffolk, he took inspiration from the coastal town for his creation – most notably the fishermen’s lanterns and the vibrant colours of their nets. It makes for an extremely pretty bottle, tying in perfectly with the brand.

19. King of Soho Gin

England

A design which jumps out on supermarket and bar shelves alike, King of Soho’s imagery is created to represent both modern and historic London life. The enigmatic figure is the centrepiece of the design, whose velvet suit depicts the “hedonistic fashion” of Soho, while the fox represents the area’s history as a royal hunting ground. Finally, Soho’s musical and cultural heritage is characterised by the open book and trumpet.

18. Eenoo Gin

Scotland

Photo: The Gin Cooperative

eeNoo is distilled by Lost Loch Spirits and it takes its name from the old Scots word for “just now”. The bottle found its inspiration in an old book entitled “A Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Eenoolooapik”, by Alexander M’Donald. In 1839, “Eenoo” landed in Aberdeen from Canada, aboard a whaling boat. During his time there he taught locals many skills including how to Qajaq.

Lost Loch Spirits loved the tale so much they looked to pay tribute to Eenoolooapik with their gin. The design takes inspiration from Eenoo’s native artwork, which they found to be vibrant and colourful, with the hourglass representing ‘time’.

17. Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin

England

Hand-wrapped in paper, sealed with twine and wax, Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin is one of the more unique bottles on the market. Reminiscent of an old apothecary medicine bottle, its design takes inspiration from the prohibition era, said to have given rise to the term from which Bathtub Gin takes its name.

The branding also works well across Bathtub Gin’s sister spirits, each with their own unique illustration and copy.

Photo: Ableforth’s

16. KURO Gin

England

{Sample gifted previously]
KURO Gin is a Japanese-influenced gin, created by Manchester friends and distilled in the West Midlands.

Using bamboo activated charcoal as a botanical, it’s where KURO takes its name, translating directly as ‘black’ in Japanese. While many bottles on the market have a nostalic feel, KURO is definitely a more contempory-style design.

Read our review of KURO Gin

15. Kokoro Gin

England

{Sample gifted previously]
Another Japanese-inspired brand, Kokoro Gin has a beautifully simple design and packaging. Made using sancho berries picked in Japan’s Afan Woodland, 
the bottle holds some secrets of the gin’s heritage.

Kokoro means “heart” in Japanese,  and the gin is so-called due to founder James Nichol’s belief that it transports you to the heart of the forest. The symbol on the front creates the sound “Ko ko ro” in the Hiragana phonetic alphabet. Meanwhile the symbols on the neck seal mean “soul of the forest” or “a forest spirit” depending on which way up you read them.

Read our review of Kokoro Gin

14. Brooklyn Gin

USA

Brooklyn Gin is a staple in many UK supermarkets with its irregular shape and turquoise glass. In the centre is its bronze logo emblazoned like a medal.

As its name suggests Brooklyn Gin is distilled in New York, but not in the borough from where it takes its name. However this is the dream of founders Emil Jättne and Joe Santos, which their website states is “closer than ever”.

13. AlkKemist Gin

Spain

ALKKEMIST Gin is distilled just 12 times a year, under a full moon.  While it may not add anything to the flavour of the spirit it’s a process which certainly helps inpire the mystical aura its name suggests.

The distinct asymmetric stopper is reminiscent of the philosopher’s stone, synonymous with alchemy, helping to create a stand-out bottle in keeping with the philosophy from where it takes its name.

12. The botanist Gin

Scotland

The Botanist Gin from Islay in Scotland is something of a contemporary icon when it comes to packaging. So iconic in fact that many probably won’t remember what the previous bottle looked like.

The current incarnation was launched in 2014 and cleverly has all 22 of its hand-foraged botanicals embossed on the glass in Latin.

11. Pickering’s Navy Strength Gin

Scotland

{Samples gifted previously]
What a beauty of a bottle this is by Pickering’s Gin. In 2014, to mark their sponsorship of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, they created their Navy Strength Gin.

Complete with bearskin hat and a commemorative necktag it brilliantly captures the essence of the Tattoo’s military performers, staged annually on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

10. Wild Island Gin

Scotland

While I may be a biased Scot, as this feature hopefully shows, Scotland really does know how to brand and market spirits. Wild Island Gin, from the beautiful Isle of Colonsay, is no exception.  

Glasgow-based Thirst Craft is responsible for the packaging, inspired by the natural landscape of the island and its rich Viking heritage.

Photo: Caitlin McNeill Photography

9. Rock Rose Gin

Scotland

With Rock Rose, Dunnet Bay Distillers have produced a striking design to really evoke the spirit of its gin. Based on the northernmost tip of mainland Scotland, the brand takes its name from the Rhodiola rosea (a rose in the rocks), one of its 18 botanicals.

The designs by Pocket Rocket Creative are now screen printed onto the lovely ceramic bottles, whereas until the summer of 2015 they’d been paper labels. Each bottle is hand-waxed and numbered, and it truly is a unique looking product. There are also several seasonal editions, with their Autumn Edition my particular favourite to taste!

8. Silent Pool Gin

England

Standing in a bottleshop, I was instantly drawn to Silent Pool. I’d never tasted it but such was the beauty of the bottle, I was desparate to try it. The brand takes its name from the legendary haunted Silent Pool in Albury, England, where their distillery sits. 

Teaming up with Seymourpowell branding agency, they created a truly unique packaging, built around their brand and the SIlent Pool. The aqua green bottle takes inspiration from the colour of the pool, while the copper stopper and design are reminicent of the still in which this stunning gin is made.

7. Explorer’s Gin

England

Explorer’s Gin is another newbie but this one takes inspiration from an age long past. It celebrates a “Golden age of exploration” when European ships journeyed the ocean on voyages of discovery.

Its a hugely striking bottle with its nautical lines in touch with the brand story. This one could definitely go places.

Jarrold's Gin bottle with two G&Ts

6. Jarrold’s Gin

England

{Bottle gifted previously]
Launched in March 2018, The Nodding Donkey Distillery Company, have created a truly stunning bottle with their Jarrold’s Gin. Not bespoke, as such, but the label with its stained-glass window-like effect is as striking as it is unique.

Made with real gold in the ink to get the look they really wanted, everything about it looks premium and in line with their price point and positioning in the market.

Read our review of Jarrold’s Gin

5. Brentingby Gin

England

{Bottle gifted previously]
Despite the traditional approach to their flavour, there’s more than a touch of the contemporary to the bottle design of Brentingby Gin. Its copper bottle is a nod to Ayanda, the still personally designed and built by founder/distiller Bruce Midgely.

The logo etched on the centre is the hibiscus flower which is prominent in Bruce’s childhood home of Durban, South Africa. It’s also one of the botanicals used in Brentingby Gin. It’s a huge favourite with gin fanatics since its launch in 2018, both for this beauty, as well as its somewhat flavoursome gin.

4. Mermaid Gin

England

There’s no doubt the new Mermaid Gin bottle is an absolute showstopper. But when you read more into it, you can’t help fail to be even more impressed.

First launched in 2015, Mermaid Gin is a well established brand by today’s standards. Hailing from the Isle of Wight, it obviously takes inspiration from the ocean. And with it’s plastic-free bespoke designed bottle, it goes even further to tie into that theme with its turquoise glass and scale-like exterior.

It’s really set social media talking since its launch in 2019 and it’s easily one of the most Instagramable bottles you’ll see!

3. Lind and lime

Scotland

Lind and Lime Gin was launched in 2018 and its bottle has caused quite the stir. The gin’s story is centered around the port of Leith in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. The city has a long history with gin as a key trading port with Europe. Upon arriving in the harbour, wines and spirits would be taking from their barrels and bottled, and thus glass became produced in large quantities in the port.

This heritage was the reason Port of Leith Distillery chose a wine-shaped bottle for their gin. As a nod to the historical industry ‘Leith Glass Works’ is also embossed on the base of every bottle.

It’s a great concept which contributes hugely to telling the history of Leith’s fascinating history. But the execution of the design is something which can only be admired. Its transparent green glass and long slender neck are sophisticated and classy.

2. Chinnery Gin

ireland

At first glance, Chinnery Gin has a hugely striking bottle. But as you read more about its concept, it ties perfectly into the brand story. Inspired by the “romance of the Old China Trade” which brought commodities such as tea and spices to Europe in the 19th century, Chinnery Gin comes in a truly unique packaging.

The brand is named after George Chinnnery, the English painter, who began his career in Dublin, before travelling to China. And the bottle is inspired by these two parts of his career – Georgian Dublin and Imperial China. They designed the shape of the bottle themselves, taking inspiration from a Chinese lantern or a tea caddy. The bricks and windows of the bottle are typical of a Georgian-era townhouse in Dublin, while through the transparent windows are imaginings of the Far East, and Chinnery himself standing at an easel.

1. Isle of Harris Gin

Scotland

Picking the top 10 for the list was hard enough. But picking the top five took hours of deliberation – it could easily have been any of them sitting in the top spot. Ultimately I settled on Isle of Harris Gin to retain its top spot, not because it’s any more beautiful than the others in the top five, but because of its originality and how it captures the brand story so perfectly.

Working with specialist spirits branding agency, Stranger & Stranger, the ‘social distillery’ has created something which is the envy of many. They wanted to create something which depicts the truly stunning scenery found on the island – and what a job they’ve done!

The ribbed glass is reminiscent of the turquoise waters synonymous with the Hebridean island. The paper labels also capture the ruggedness of the landscape. Each is a unique combination of flecked copper and kelp (the key botanical in the gin), making every individual bottle that bit more special. There are fingerprint-liked indents on the bottle too as if it had been washed up on the golden sands of the island. And to cap it all off, the label features the coordinates of the distillery in Tarbert – meaning you know that every bottle of Harris Gin is coming directly from the island.

And the inside? It tastes incredible too!

Read our review of Isle of Harris Gin.