Four of the best newly launched gin miniatures to try this Christmas

Why not pick up a selection of these fab gin miniatures to try, or gift, this Christmas?

Published 14th Nov 2017
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Perfect as stocking fillers for any gin lovers, these mini bottles make ideal, purse-friendly gifts this Christmas.



After opening their distillery in Fife earlier this year, Darnley’s Gin, owned by Fife’s Wemyss family, has launched a range of (newly re-branded) gins.

The original, navy strength and spiced gins are now available to buy online in smaller 5cl and 20cl bottles, priced from £4.95.

Kokoro Gin

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Kokoro Gin has launched a 20cl bottle of its unique Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin in time for the festive season.

Harvey Nichols, is the first retailer to stock the new bottle size, which is available to buy now.

The 20cl bottles have arrived only three months after the launch of Kokoro’s 5cl miniatures, and will make a perfect gift for any gin lover this Christmas.

The gin’s core ingredient, sansho berries, are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan.

Daffy's Gin

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Released this month online  (and at selected retailers), Daffy’s miniatures are now available to buy.

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These stylish mini bottles are the perfect addition to any gin lovers Christmas gift list, festive stocking or for secret Santa.

Each miniature is a screen printed replica of the larger 70cl bottle and contain 5cl of Daffy’s multi award winning, single-batch distilled gin at 43.4% abv.

Daffy’s Miniatures cost £4.95 per bottle and are available as single miniatures or packs of 12.

Salcombe Gin

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Sample a little piece of South Devon with this  gift set of three miniatures, available to buy now from Salcombe Gin's online shop.

Designed to take travelling, or as an introduction to the gin, the 'start point' collection are best served over ice with your choice of tonic and a grapefruit garnish.

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Ultimate gift...

For the gin lover who has everything, why not splash out on a gin advent calendar such as this 12 Gins of Christmas from Eden Mill?

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The scaled down advent calendar features the results of a year’s experimentation from the entire Eden Mill team, with each miniature expression handpicked from a number of recipes trialled and created onsite at the St Andrews distillery.

The set – priced at £69 – sees established Eden Mill favourites Original Gin, Love Gin, Hop Gin and Golf Gin joined by some festive flavours – including Mulled Gin, Orange and Clove Gin and After Dinner Gin.

Other flavours include the Caribbean-inspired Slackwater Gin, cardamom-infused Rai Gin, the Mediterranean Botano Gin and the so-called ‘juniper monster’, the Juniper Trio Gin.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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