Gin Subscription Services; Which is the one for you?

These are interesting times indeed in the gin subscription service market. Of the five services that launched in 2016, Tipple Box and microbarbax have already long since dropped their spirit and gin clubs (although both still offer their original cocktail clubs). And, as Gin Explorer prepare to call time on their miniature subscription service next month, Master of Malt have just announced their brand new Dram Club. Things appear more stable at the full-sized end of the market with Craft Gin Club, launched in January 2015, still going strong. But the competition there is clearly heating up too, especially with One Time Gin preparing to take on everyone else with a variety of bottle sizes when they relaunch later this year.

With so many services to choose from, which is the right subscription for you? Firstly, it’s likely to come down to budget and, after that, your preference for one large or more smaller bottles of gin. The miniature boxes are clearly cheaper, but it’s worth pointing out that, at about £5 per 50ml, that doesn’t actually equate to better value for money. But obviously not everyone can stretch to £35 a month (or more) for a larger 700ml bottle. And then’s there’s all the extras to consider too… So here it is, your handy guide to the best of the subscription offers currently out there.

The budget one… Little Gin Box

The one with the mixers… I Love Gin

The one that fits through your letterbox… The Gin Box 

There are few things more annoying than missing a gin delivery, or, worse still, finding the contents smashed to smithereens. Now you can avoid both hazards by signing up to The Gin Box Shop’s subscription service. For about £12 a month, you are guaranteed two 50ml samples of craft gin delivered through your door. The slimline box measures only 9cm x 2.5cm x 25cm and contains two sachets of gin as well as smart and informative gin profile cards. What the sachets may lack in aesthetic appeal, they more than make up for in convenience and also in eco-credentials with the lighter boxes (weighing approx. 140g) having a considerably lower carbon footprint than their heavier counterparts. Previous boxes have included Two Birds Cocktail Gin, Rock Rose and Warner Edwards.

Read my full review here. Sign up here.

The newest one… Dram Club

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Launching in June 2017, Master of Malt have also entered the subscription service with their new Dram Club. Every month, members will receive a set of five 30ml samples of gin (or whisky or rum, if you prefer) along with tasting cards for £24.95 per month. New members are also promised two crystal tasting glasses with their first delivery and with June’s line-up including Helsinki Dry Gin, Anno 60² Gin, Japanese Gin, Lighthouse Gin and Ginraw Gastronomic Gin, this certainly looks very interesting indeed.

Full review coming soon… Sign up here.

The original one… Craft Gin Club

Craft Gin Club is the original gin subscription service, having launched way back in January 2015. Offering monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly deliveries, members receive one bottle of small batch gin (usually 700ml), GINNED! Magazine and a selection of treats to complement the gin for £40 a month.  Previous gins of the month have included Scotland’s Navy Strength NB Gin, Germany’s Windspiel Premium Dry Gin, Tarquin‘s Limited Edition Rosemary & Thyme Gin from Cornwall and The West Winds Gin all the way from Australia. This is certainly a safe bet and you know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Read my full review here. Sign up here and enter code JULY10 for £10 off.

The one to watch… One Time Gin

With their first gin distilled on the stroke of midnight on 1st January 2017, One Time Gin launched as the UK’s only limited-edition gin subscription club. The first lucky few to sign up received one full-size bottle of outstanding limited-edition gin, mixers, One Time Press, and the ingredients to make OTG’s ‘Cocktail of the Month’. However, One Time Gin are currently taking a break before relaunching with an even greater choice of pricing and volume options, which should also include a taster-sized 50ml bottle of gin with one bottle of tonic, and a 350ml bottle of gin with enough tonics, mixers and cocktail ingredients for two people in addition to their original full-sized package with pairings for four. Past releases include Victory Gin, 58 Gin and Manchester Gin, so the signs are good for this one.

Watch my unboxing video and read my full review here. Join the mailing list here to be the first to know when One Time Gin relaunch via IndieGoGo.

The no frills one… The Juniper Club

If you don’t fancy paying extra for magazines, mixers and munchies then The Juniper Club could be the one for you. Like its rivals, The Juniper Club promises to send one 700ml bottle of craft gin to members on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis (with no minimum terms of subscription). For £35 a month, members receive ‘Just Gin’; nothing more, nothing less. But with previous gins including Wight Mermaids Gin and Avva Gin, there’s no need to suffer from any FOMO.

Read my full review here. Sign up here and enter code JULY5 for £5 off.

The spirited one… The Spirits Society 

If you don’t want to restrict yourself to just gin or really rum, then take a look at The Spirits Society. Like similar models, you can expect to receive a full-sized bottle of spirits along with a few other bits and pieces but you don’t have to restrict yourself to any particular spirit. Here you can pick your subscription length and then select how many gins, whiskies, rums or vodkas you want to receive over that time. Or, select the ‘Spirit Surprise’ to receive a bottle of anything, from gin and whisky, to cachaça and mescal for £40 a month.

Watch my unboxing video and read my full review here. Sign up here.

The best of both worlds one… Flavourly 

Perhaps better known as a craft beer subscription service, Flavourly.com have recently added a Gin Discovery box to their line-up. Unlike all of their competitors, Flavourly offer their subscribers three 200ml bottles of craft gin, in addition to mixers and snacks and in-house drinks magazine for £34.99 a month. Unlike One Time Gin and, to some extent, Craft Gin Club, Flavourly don’t promise to supply limited-edition gins but they are clearly working with some great distilleries. This box also offers a pretty perfect balance between the tiny miniatures that disappear all too fast, and the risk of a great big bottle of gin that isn’t quite your cup of tea.  If you really can’t make up your mind, this could just be the best of both worlds.

Watch my unboxing video and read my full review here.  Enter referral code DINGDING to receive a £5 discount or apply here (discount automatically applied).

 

 

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