Best savoury gins
Bold and aromatic, savoury gins work beautifully in everything from G&Ts to martinis and negronis, and they’re a great option if you’re looking for an alternative to sweeter, fruitier gins
Not got a sweet tooth? A 'savoury gin' focuses on the botanicals that steer away from sweet - herbal, saline, perhaps even heading into rich umami territory. They make complex and unusual G&T's and let the flavour of the gin shine through clearly. Check out our picks of the best savoury gins below.
For more gin bottle recommendations browse our guides to the best British gins, best international gins and best flavoured gins. For a sunny boost to your G&T, check out our round up of citrus gins.
You can also order drinks online and explore our favourite online bottle shops to stock up your home bar. Looking to get away? Check out our guide to the best gin holidays.
Best savoury gins to try at a glance
- Best for gifting: Portobello Road Savoury Gin, £35
- Best unusual savoury gin: Audemus Spirits Umami Oak Finished Gin, £34.95
- Best herbaceous gin: Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin, £36
- Best saline gin: Bullards Coastal Gin, £38.45
- Best seaside-inspired gin: Fishers Gin, £39.99
- Best savoury gin for a negroni: Seven Hills VII Italian Gin, £34
- Best for a dirty martini: Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin, £37.94
- Best floral savoury gin: Pollination Gin, £35.45
- Best navy strength gin: Black Powder Flintlock Navy Strength Gin, £49.95
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Portobello Road Savoury Gin
- Available from Waitrose Cellar (£36), Amazon (£35), Ocado (£35)
Best for gifting
Inspired by the botanicals of Corsica, this gorgeously packaged gin features botanicals of rosemary, basil, bergamot and green olive, as well as a tiny pinch of sea salt. It delivers exactly what the name suggests, deliciously savoury, dry and headily herbaceous, with accompanying hits of juniper and citrus. It's perfect for a holiday-themed G&T – garnish with a wedge of citrus and a sprig of rosemary, take a sip and pretend you're on a sun-drenched terrace by the Mediterranean.
Waitrose Cellar (£36)
Audemus Spirits Umami Oak Finished Gin
Best unusual savoury gin
Named after the fifth taste – umami savouriness – this gin may be a Marmite affair for those with a sweeter tooth, but we loved it. With some out-there botanicals including Italian capers and Parmigiano Reggiano, it could easily have been over the top, but instead this is a moreishly savoury gin with a subtle briny twang and woody notes that come from ageing in ex-cognac barrels.
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
Best herbaceous gin
With rosemary, thyme, olive and basil included in the botanical line up, this savoury, herbaceous Spanish number evokes Mediterranean summer like no other gin. Serve in a copa de balon glass with plenty of ice for ultimate holiday vibes.
Bullards Coastal Gin
- Available from Master of Malt (£38.45), Spirits Kiosk (£38.45), Amazon (£49.40)
Best saline gin
Inspired by the Norfolk coastline, this is the gin equivalent to a fresh sea breeze, with a subtle salty, savoury profile and complex notes of sea vegetables, citrus and fennel. We were also impressed with their eco-friendly refill service, which offers 700ml pouches of gin to top bottles back up (and you can post the pouch back to Bullards free of charge for recycling).
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Master of Malt (£38.45)
Spirits Kiosk (£38.45)
- Available from Master of Malt (£39.99), Amathus (£41)
Best seaside-inspired gin
This unusual gin features a host of rare botanicals foraged on the Suffolk coast. Herbaceous and subtly saline on the nose (we were reminded of sea vegetables), it’s slightly sweeter to taste, with aromatic cardamom notes.
Master of Malt (£39.99)
VII Hills Italian Dry Gin
- Available from Master of Malt (£34), Amazon (£34), Ocado (£34)
Best savoury gin for a negroni
Expect headily herbal, almost vegetal aromas and subtle citrus flavours from this unconventional Italian gin, which its makers claim is the ideal gin for a negroni.
Master of Malt (£34)
Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin
- Available from Master of Malt (£37.94), Amazon (£43.04)
Best for a dirty martini
As well as its subtle green colour, hand-foraged seaweed adds a salty, funky edge to this offbeat gin. It’s super-smooth and fresh, with notes of mint that tingle on the tongue. The gin’s full-bodied nature means it would hold its own in a dirty martini, served with oysters for an extra briny hit.
Master of Malt (£37.94)
Best floral savoury gin
Featuring a complex blend of 29 different botanicals from the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, this award-winning gin has a headily herbaceous, floral profile – think wildflower meadow on a summer’s day. Use in a gimlet.
Black Powder Flintlock Navy Strength Gin
- Available from Master of Malt (£49.95), Amazon (£55.05)
Best navy strength gin
This award-winning, punchy gin (60% ABV!) packs in flavour, with bold, peppery spice and a savoury edge.
Master of Malt (£49.95)
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