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The Best Bottles of Gin for the Holidays
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The Best Bottles of Gin for the Holidays

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The holiday season is here and shopping for the perfect gift can be as elusive as the fountain of youth...although we are pretty sure we may have found it at the bottom of one of these bottles. To make gifting just a little bit easier we took on the arduous task of tasting thousands of spirits and rounded up our top selections in some of the most popular categories for this holiday season.

 
Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve
Oak Rested Gin



What Makes It Great:

Burrough’s Reserve is distilled by hand using the founder’s, James Burrough’s, original copper “Still Number 12” from 200 hundred years ago. With a capacity of only 268L, Still Number 12 produces such small batches that each bottle of Burrough’s Reserve displays its batch and bottle number on the label.  This oak rested gin won the Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, and was named “The 5 Best Bottles of Gin in the World” by Business Insider.

Tasting Notes:

Spicy floral notes, vanilla, developing into soft juniper aromas. Soft, complex spice, subtle citrus flavors lead to a distinctive juniper middle-taste, returning to a gentle spice on the finish.


 


 
Barr Hill Gin

Made with juniper and raw honey


What Makes It Great:

Barr Hill Gin is a London dry-style gin that, unlike other gins, uses only one botanical during distillation - juniper.  The rest of its complex, gentle flavor profile comes from raw honey made at one of the owner’s 1,900 colonies, which is added during a second distillation.  Barr Hill Gin earned the Double Gold Medal at the New York International Spirits Competition.

Tasting Notes:

Round and viscous on the palate, with notes of juniper and honey lingering on the finish.


 


 
Cotswolds Dry Gin

Small batch release


What Makes It Great:

This gin is made from wheat base which is steeped with macerated juniper, coriander and angelica root for 12 hours before a second, unique botanical mix is added. In addition to bay leaf, cardamom seed, lime, grapefruit and black pepper, this second botanical mix also contains locally-sourced Cotswolds lavender, which lends a signature and delicate taste to the spirit. Once the wheat base has been fully infused with both sets of botanicals, everything is distilled through a tailor-made, 500-litre hybrid still. Cotswolds is new to the United States and was rated a perfect 5+ by Difford’s Guide.

Tasting Notes:

Classically balanced gin with prominent notes of juniper and crisp citrus on the nose. The palate is citrus-forward with additional notes of earthy spice, and leads to a clean and delicate finish that allows the Cotswolds lavender to shine. The botanicals and oils suspended in the spirits create a distinctive cloudiness when ice or a mixer is added to the gin.


 


 
Monkey 47
Schwarzwald Dry Gin



What Makes It Great:

After two years of research and development, the makers of Monkey 47 settled on a recipe that called for 47 unique ingredients including:  acacia, acorus, calamus, almond, angelica, bitter orange, blackberry, cardamom, cassia, chamomile, cinnamon & citron verbena.  The ingredients are steeped in French-made molasses alcohol for 36 hours prior to being distilled through an Arnold Holstein copper-pot still. Monkey 47 earned the World Spirits Award Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, was named one of the ten best gins by The Independent, and earned a score of 93 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.

Tasting Notes:

Aroma of wood spices, vegetables, citrus and pine. Incredibly complex bouquet of flavors, including earthy spices, fruit, herbs and tart citrus. Finish is rich and bursting, with a hint of lemon balm.


 


 
The Bitter Truth
Pink Gin



What Makes It Great:

In the 19th century, sailors aboard ships belonging to the Royal Navy often blended gin with cocktail bitters in order to cure their seasickness - often referred to as Pink Gin. The Bitter Truth Pink Gin pays homage to the cocktail that was mixed centuries ago aboard ships belonging to the Royal Navy. The gin is a blend of traditionally crafted, pot-distilled dry gin along with a proprietary blend of bitters that Berg and Hauck created specifically for the gin.


Tasting Notes:

Floral and fruity aroma, followed by smooth notes of anise, berries, fennel and caraway. Subtle hints of juniper that complement the slightly sweet gin.


 


 
The Botanist
Islay Dry Gin


What Makes It Great:

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is the world’s first and only Islay Dry Gin and is made from a blend of an astounding 31 different aromatics and botanicals (22 are local to Islay), including angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, Creeping Thistle flowers & elderflower.  During distillation, the 22 other botanicals, which are hand-picked by an expert foraging team from the windswept hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of Islay, are placed in the still's botanical basket. Distillation of the gin, which occurs at 0.2 atmospheres of pressure, takes 17 hours - nearly four times longer than it takes to distill whisky.  This gin was rated one of the top ten gins in the world by Gourmantic, and called an "Oscar-worthy gin" by LA Weekly.

Tasting Notes:

Explosion of robust botanicals, including apple, mint, honey, lemon, orange, pomegranate and juniper. Initial flavor is mellow and tame, but is quickly followed by bursts of citrus and spices that ultimately lead to a satisfying finish.


 


 

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