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11 Best Gins at Any Price
Posted on Nov 10, 2016
You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.
Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality; it’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.
“Copperworks is a very unique gin—incredibly balanced for a new world gin and distilled from beer on copper pot stills. These former brewers are making a really complex product. We use it in our Galaxy Gin & Tonic at No Anchor, because it starts its life as beer and we hop our tonic. Perfect bedmates, no?”—Chris Elford, bartender at Rob Roy and co-owner of No Anchor and soon-to-open Navy Strength
“Really interesting, unique and actually tasty gin from a tiny distillery in Oakland. Makes the most interesting Martini you’re likely to have.”—Morgan Schick, operations and creative manager at The Bon Vivants
“Newly released just in time for the holidays and currently available only at the distillery, this beautiful gin gets a surprise pop of baking spice notes with the help of the higher proof. A must-have for any bar.”—Keli Rivers, bartender atThe Devil’s Acre and Whitechapel
“This aged gin is one of the best spirits I have ever had. The complexities of the gin with the flavors and textures that come from the aging process is stunning. I can’t think of a better gift.”—Bob Peters, head mixologist at The Punch Room in The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
“Perfect harmony of 14 botanicals. A gin made by a winemaker. Clean, crisp and aromatic. This is a vintage gin that will change year to year. This is a must-have, a thing of beauty.”—Ramon Garcia, lead bartender at Alchemist Bar & Lounge
“A great gin that can stand up to be in a Martini or balanced enough for a G&T. A great London dry gin that is rich in juniper yet balanced with citrus and a little floral.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint
“I love every single spirit St. George has ever bottled, but the dry rye gin is epicly delicious. Killer in Martinis, great on the rocks or with a splash of tonic, it has backbone that stands out in any preparation.”—Karin Stanley, co-owner of Dutch Kills and bartender at Little Branchand Suffolk Arms
Am relatively new to gin and blown away by the range of the spirit. My wife and I really appreciate cocktails such as Aviations, Negroni's and Last Words and there's no question that certain gins go better in specific applications. Would be super helpful to match specific gins with some of the cocktails with which they pair best. Please post any links if they are available... Thanks!
The Spirit Guild ( a small LA distillery ) has created a superlative gin called Astral Pacific. It's very unique in that its base spirit is derived from clementines. The standard ingredient of juniper is supplemented with pink peppercorns, coriander and pistachio ! Wow !
First of all, this list is nothing less than silly without the inclusion of Hendrick's and Tanqueray No. Ten. Those two gins consistently win in blind taste tests. Second, the Sipsmith gin... seriously? I conducted my own blind tasting with eight guests with Sipsmith and two other gins, one of which was a very cheap ($8 a bottle) product, and Sipsmith came in last among all tasters. Even the cheapest gin scored better.