What is craft gin? 3 signs you’re drinking a truly craft gin

Do you ever think to yourself, ‘I love gin’? Well, so do we!

And as lovers of craft gin, in particular, we’re always looking for the best bottles of gin and the most interesting craft gin distillers around.

But with so many gins out there, how do you know what separates craft gin from all the rest?

Firstly, there is a lot of controversy out there in regards to what makes a craft gin – there are no clearly defined rules for anything, so don't be surprised if you come across conflicting information on your search!

But if you’re ever wondering just how craft the gin you’re drinking is, these three simple tips may help you spot a craft gin when you see one...

1. The gin distillers behind the bottle are real people.

Arbikie Distillery brothers

Image via December 2016's Gin of the Month, Arbikie AK's Gin

A huge part of what makes a gin a craft gin are the distillers behind it!

If you’re a Craft Gin Club member, you’re sure to have noticed how many of our gin distillers have been husband and wife duos, close-knit family teams or a few good friends who came together over their love of gin to produce something magical.

If you can’t put a face and name to the distiller behind your craft gin bottle, then is it truly a ‘craft’ gin?

2. Craft gin is often small-batch gin – but they don’t mean the same thing.

58 Gin Distillery stills

Image via November 2017's Gin of the Month, 58 Gin

For many craft gin distillers, the priority in making their spirit isn’t the money – it’s a passion that they’re grateful to get to pursue every single day.

And because these teams are normally quite small, it’s not uncommon for a craft gin distiller to have just a few stills and make their gin in relatively small-sized batches.

There’s no written law or definition for what constitutes a ‘small-batch’ gin, but if your favourite distiller isn’t churning out thousands and thousands of bottles every day, there’s a good chance they qualify!

3. Craft gin emphasises craftsmanship.

Glendalough Distillery adding botanicals to still

Image via January 2017's Gin of the Month, Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

Like small-batch, there is no real definition for what makes a craft gin and, nowadays, it’s become a hot topic in the world of distilling. Are too many companies misusing the term ‘craft’?

Craft distillers handcraft their gins, know each and every botanical that goes into the product and what purpose it serves, are passionate and innovative in the way they approach gin… if you’ve read any of our Gin of the Month features, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

At the end of the day, craft gin can be a controversial topic, but if you look into your distillers and learn their stories you’ll be able to tell the difference between a bog-standard gin and a craft gin all on your own.