While gin seems to experience a bit of a ‘moment’ we have asked ourselves what different types of gin there are and what they are best combined with. Different in origin, style, taste and even colour, we have created a list of the top ten best gins to serve your loved ones and warm you up this coming winter.
Our top ten best Gins
The season of celebration is just around the corner and a great excuse for raising a glass. Among the traditional champagne, red or white wine and other well-liked liquors such as whiskey or rum, the classic gin is becoming increasingly popular with more and more gin distilleries and brands popping up around the globe. Not only expert cocktail lovers but also younger party-goers appreciate the smooth, refreshing juniper berry drink.
Tanqueray No. 10 – Modern small-batch Gin
This citrussy and fresh, light gin, that comes in a pretty art deco style bottle, is one of the most popular ones. So we just had to include it in our top ten best gins list. It is made from fresh citrus fruits, as well as chamomile and other botanicals such as coriander, angelica and liquorice.
Best served with: Ice, tonic water, plus a slice of grapefruit. This gin is also a great base for any aperitif or gin cocktail.
Beefeater 24 – Classic London dry Gin
As one of the biggest names in the British gin world, made in the heart of London, Beefeater 24 is a classic yet versatile London dry gin. It owes its sweeter, dry taste to a unique mix of exotic ingredients including Japanese sencha and Chinese green tea, juniper, almond, Seville orange peel, angelica root and seed, liquorice, orris root and coriander.
Best served with: Ice, tonic water or a slice of grapefruit. Also a great base for a Tom Collins or other cocktails.
Caorunn – Scottish Rowan Berry Gin
The dry and crisp Caorunn is traditionally handcrafted in small batches at Balmenach Distillery in Scotland. Unique ingredients like rowan berry, natural Scottish Water, juniper berries, cassia bark, coriander seed, coul blush apple, dandelion leaf and more create a slightly sweet, fruity flavour.
Best served with: Ice, tonic or slices of red apple. A great go-to gin.
Monkey 47 – German premium Gin
Made in Germany’s Black Forest, this rich and complex gin owes its name to the 47 botanicals that go into it. They create a woody, spicy, herby and fruity aroma. This gin contains only the freshest ingredients including juniper, cardamom, cranberries, lavender, lingonberries, elderflower or lemongrass. Of course, we had to include an elaborate gin like Monkey 47 in our list of the top ten best gins.
Best served with: The 47 botanicals don’t need garnish. Otherwise serve with ice or ginger ale.
Brockmans Intensely Smooth – The neat Gin
As you can guess from its name this gin is well, intensely smooth. It is made by an English gin company in a 100-year old traditional copper still using coriander, blueberries, blackberries, orange peel and cassia bark among other ingredients. A subtle sweet gin bursting with flavour.
Best served with: This gin is so smooth, you want to drink it neat over ice. Also great with tonic water or ginger ale, pink grapefruit peel and a few blueberries.
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Sipsmith London Dry Gin – Traditional fine Gin
This classic and crisp gin is handcrafted in small batches following 18th century recipes and still using traditional copper pot distillation. Exciting botanicals such as lemon peel, juniper berries, cinnamon bark or Spanish ground almond and liquorice root ensure a smooth yet refreshing taste.
Best served with: Ice, tonic water, a slice of lime or as the base for a fresh and herbaceous cocktail.
Hendrick’s – Scottish Gin with Cucumber
A great drink for gin newbies, the fresh and soft Hendrick’s contains high-quality botanicals including juniper, orange peel, yarrow, chamomile and coriander. The subtle infusion of cucumber and Bulgarian rose petals creates a light and refreshing yet curious floral aroma. Hendrick’s is distilled in small batches for greater quality.
Best served with: Ice, tonic water, plus a couple of cucumber slices.
Bloom London Dry Gin – Easy-drinking Gin
Many describe this fabulous gin as floral or even perfumy thanks to its blend of botanicals like honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo. The gentle, slighty sweet citrus flavours make it the perfect drink for people who are not too much into gin.
Best served with: Ice, tonic and strawberries to maximise the flavours.
Gin Mare – Mediterranean Gin
This unique Mediterranean-style gin is a great gift or addition to your home selection. And it can’t be missing on our list of top ten best gins. Named after the sea it’s made with arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme in addition to the usual botanicals. The result is a savoury and herbal yet smooth and aromatic gin.
Best served with: Rosemary, orange peel or basil.
Martin Miller’s – Super premium Gin
An award-winning super premium gin with a clean and soft crispness. The unique blend of botanicals including Tuscan juniper, cassia bark, Florentine orris, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon as well as the infusion of pure Icelandic water make it a magnificent drink ideal for cocktails.
Best served with: Tonic, strawberry, black pepper or grapefruit peel.
Another Look Mallorca Favorite – Palma Gin
Mallorca Distillery is a new craft distillery located in the heart of Palma. They have recently launched their first product, Palma Gin, which could quickly become one of our top ten best gins. Their goal is to take everything the island has to offer and somehow capture it all in the feel, look and taste of their exquisite gin. Mallorca Distillery wants their products to really represent the vibrant historical city of Palma and the beautiful island of Mallorca.
The bottle design for example, was inspired by a local Mallorcan family run company in Campos, who have been hand-making tiles on the island for over 80 years. The bottle’s rosette logo, on the other hand, takes inspiration from a window at the La Seu cathedral, the most iconic spot in Palma.
Besides the design the taste of Palma Gin is most important. The distillery wanted the gin to gift a taste of the island to those who drink it. With this in mind they started searching for produce and botanicals that grow naturally on the island. They then worked hard to create a gin recipe which they feel represents Mallorca‘s delicate flowers, zesty citrus and earthy vegetation. The distillery is only using the highest quality products available, organic alcohol distilled with organic and/or locally foraged botanicals.
They furthermore offer tours of the distillery and a ‘Make Your Own Gin’ tour, which is getting very popular already!
Photos by Mallorca Distillery