Top 10 Gin


Top 10 Gin

Gin got its start in Holland and was popularized in 18th century Great Britain. Fast-forward centuries later and it is hands down one of the most popular spirits in history. From martins to gin & tonics this botanical wonder serves as the foundation of many cocktails.

Appreciated when sipped or mixed into a cocktail these top 10 gin bottles are worth getting to know. Browse these top ten gems and find the best gin bottle that will ever cross your lips.

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  1. Bluecoat Elderflower Dry Gin

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Bluecoat American Dry Gin is produced by Philadelphia Distilling in the birthplace of America, Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Distilling was the first craft distillery built in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition. Inspired by those who came before, Bluecoat Gin was named in honor of the soldiers that fought for America’s Independence in the Revolutionary War. Bluecoat celebrates the independent spirit of these free-thinking revolutionaries. The signature blue bottle of Bluecoat American Dry Gin personifies the historic blue jacket and gold buttons of the Bluecoat Revolutionary Soldiers, connecting the rich history of 1776 to the present day. Bluecoat, as the original American Dry gin, is in a class by itself.

    All gins begin with juniper berries, and Bluecoat American Dry Gin is no exception. However, Bluecoat utilizes exclusively organic Mediterranean juniper berries, due to their softer flavor and spicy, earthy notes, as opposed to the pungent, pine tree-flavored juniper berries found within the London Dry style. Complimenting the soft juniper notes, a premium blend of organic American sweet citrus peel, which is not typically found in most gins, gives Bluecoat American Dry Gin its classic citrusy finish, and a flavor profile fit for the American drinker’s palate. Bluecoat American Dry Gin is distilled on a custom, hand-hammered copper pot still and produced in small batches in the heart of Philadelphia, to ensure quality and consistency in every bottle.

    With a solid foundation in their Bluecoat American Gin, Philadelphia Distilling began experimenting with different flavors. This is how the Elderflower Dry Gin came to be. What was once a distillery-only bottling is now available here. Infused with organic elderflower via a maceration process, it's a light and floral expression that's bottled at 94 proof.

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    The nose is floral and light with elderflower and citrus notes. The palate is equally bright and floral with prominent elderflower, citrus, jasmine, and a touch of familiar pine forest juniper notes. These notes linger through the dry and floral finish.
  2. Sourland Mountain Spirits Reserve Gin

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    In 2015, craft distilling was legalized in New Jersey. It was around that time that Ray Disch was searching for a new challenge. With a vision of creating handcrafted spirits, he launched the Sourland Mountain Spirits Distillery. Located on the Double Brook Farm in Hopewell, New Jersey, the site is home to Troon Brewing and Brick Farm Tavern & Bar, meaning that grain-to-glass spirits are produced right next to the beer, with a pasture-to-fork restaurant right there on the premises as well. In 2017, with the help of his wife Erica, Disch produced their first bottle of spirit and the awards for their gin started pouring in.

    Their range of spirits now includes corn-based vodka and gin, rum, brandy, and bourbon, all crafted with the purest filtered New Jersey mountain water. There, in the Sourland Mountains, the family-owned craft distilling operation distills, ages, fills, and labels each bottle by hand. Tours and tastings are available on the weekends, while the tavern offers dining with everything on the menu being local and sustainably produced. 1$ from each bottle of Sourland Mountain Spirits sold is donated to the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. The distillery was named "NJ's Gin Distillery of the Year" at the New York Spirits Competition in 2017.

    Sourland Mountain Spirits Flagship Gin is crafted with neutral grain corn spirit and 12 botanicals, the gin sits somewhere between classic and contemporary styles and is bottled at 90 proof. Bright, floral, and citrusy, the expression has won several awards, including a Double Gold Medal from the American Distilling Institute in 2020. The Gin Reserve expression is made with the same award-winning gin, except it is left to mature for 9 months in lightly-charred American oak casks, resulting in additional spice and vanilla notes that make for a true whiskey lover's gin.

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    The nose is piney and gently sweet with caramel and hones aromas. The palate is oaky with resin and a citrusy brightness in the form of orange zest notes. Look for notes of vanilla, and hints of baking spice. The finish is bright with lingering juniper.
  3. Asbury Park Distilling Barrel Finished Gin

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Asbury Park Distilling is the first distillery in Asbury Park, New Jersey, since Prohibition. It was launched in 2017 by Rob Wile, Zack Ohebshalom, and 4 other partners. Located in the downtown business district, the craft distillery team produces gin, bourbon, vodka, aquavit, and an espresso limoncello, with more expressions planned for the future. Master Distiller Bill Tambussi traveled from Scotland to the US, earning a Master's Degree at the Heriot-Watt University before finally being able to channel his passion into distilling, fulfilling his long-time dream. After working at Philadelphia Distillery, he found his new home in Asbury Park. He is helped by fellow distiller Kelly Lynch, who helps with their German-made custom Carl Artisan still.

    They take pride in their logo which perfectly embodies who they are. It depicts a mermaid, flanked by juniper berries and rye stalks, both key components in their spirits. Behind her, you can see The Carousel, an iconic Asbury Park building, while the tentacles and seashell pay tribute to the ocean that lies just a few blocks from the distillery. The mermaid's closed eyes symbolize Asbury Park's "accepting, collaborative, cooperative, and proud" community.

    A tasting room is on the premises, offering a wide range of cocktails beside their spirits. As they are legally obliged to sell only alcohol that is produced on-site, it's a great opportunity to taste delicious drinks that are truly made from scratch, which includes all the alcohol, bitters, tonics, syrups, cordials, tinctures, and anything else that makes it into a cocktail. Casey Bowen has been the head bartender since 2017, working his magic into each drink that is served there.

    Asbury Park Distilling Gin is distilled from grain and infused with an exclusive blend of botanicals that include juniper, coriander, angelica root, borage, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, and cardamom. Bottled at 86 proof, it wasn't just awarded the coveted Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2021 ― it was named "Best in Class" as well. The Barrel Finished version takes it a step further with finishing in new American oak casks, dialing down the citrus notes and enhancing the herbal flavors.

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    The nose of this light amber gin opens with oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, honeysuckle, flowers, smoke, and charcoal aromas. The palate is sweet with honey, vanilla, leather, tobacco, juniper, and oak. The finish is spicy and warming with a touch of oak.
  4. Rieger's Midwestern Dry Gin

    Proof92.2 (46.1% ABV)
    Rieger's Midwestern Dry Gin takes its cues from the London dry style of gin with a focus on juniper berries. Aromatic and spicy, the gin is crafted with neutral wheat spirit and several botanicals from all over the globe that include juniper, angelica root, licorice root, and orange peel. It was designed with the help of Master Distiller Tom Nichol of Tanqueray fame. The bold and flavor-packed gin is bottled at 92.2 proof.

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    The nose is aromatic and earthy with juniper, coriander, and a touch of mint. The palate is bright and gently sweet with citrus zest and spice notes that lead to a crisp and clean finish with hints of licorice and ginger.
  5. Fenimore Gin

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Located in Cooperstown, NY, the Cooperstown Distillery is best known for its whiskey lineup. But their Fenimore Gin is handcrafted and just as lovely, with several awards to show for it. The gin is made with 14 botanicals that include juniper berries, citrus peel, as well as less traditional ones: eucalyptus, chamomile, star anise, and New York lilac. Named after American writer James Fenimore Cooper, the 80-proof craft spirit is a unique combination of traditional and modern gins that features an aromatic, rich, and complex taste profile.

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    The nose is rich and fragrant with aromas of citrus, honey, and hints of spice. The palate is creamy with vanilla, honey, citrus zest, and juniper in the background with hints of herbs and a floral touch. The finish is sweet and floral with lingering notes.
  6. Conniption American Dry Gin

    Proof88 (44% ABV)
    Conniption American Dry Gin is lovingly crafted at the Durham Distillery, the first of its kind in the United States to employ vacuum cold distillation with rotary evaporators. It's distilled in small batches with a process that combines traditional methods with a modern, lab-based approach. This involves a special two-step process, where botanicals such as coriander, angelica root, and juniper are vapor-infused on a custom German pot still. Then, the fresher botanicals such as cucumber, citrus, and honeysuckle are separately distilled at low temperatures, resulting in a clean, crisp, and modern gin that's bottled at 88 proof.

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    The nose is fresh with pine forest, cucumber, vegetal, citrus, caraway, and spice aromas. The palate is fruity and refreshing with cucumber, citrus, berry, and floral undertones. The finish is clean and gently warming with cinnamon and cucumber.
  7. Scapegrace Black Gin

    Proof83.2 (41.6% ABV)
    Scapegrace Gin was founded by 2 brothers-in-law with a mission to craft mighty fine gin with some of the purest New Zealand water and botanicals from all over the globe. Black Gin was released in 2021 in the US and features a unique black color as well as a drastically different recipe than their first offerings. Crafted near Auckland, New Zealand, the gin contains aronia berries, saffron, pineapple, butterfly pea, and sweet potato, with all the ingredients meticulously blended at precise intervals and temperatures. The natural black color that comes from natural extracts, the gin has another trick up its sleeve: depending on the mixer that's added, its color can change to a bright pink.

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    It's a bright, fruity, and spicy gin with aromas of dark fruit, pineapple, and a touch of pine. The palate is equally fruity and rich with some herbal, citrusy, licorice, and minty notes to boot. The finish is long and fruity.
  8. No.3 London Dry Gin

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirits merchant, which was established as a grocery shop in 1698 by a widow, of whom very little is known today apart for her last name Bourne, and the fact that she opened the shop at No.3 St James’s Street, opposite St. James’s Palace. In 1760, the company made its first supply to the British Royal Family. In the first half of the 19th century, the company's focus started shifting, and the company entered the 20th century as a wine and spirits merchant exclusively. Its business flourished, and over a century later, the company now has offices in Asia, a wine school, and a fine dining venue in London's St James's, however its heart still remains at No.3. They also hold two Royal Warrants for H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, which means that they get to advertise themselves as royal suppliers.

    In 1923, Francis Berry and Hugh Rudd came up with the idea to create a whisky, and the legendary Cutty Sark scotch was born. Almost a century later, the famous scotch is no longer sold under the Berry Bros. & Rudd name, however the company's brand now comprises a fine selection of spirits, including gins.

    When making its No.3 dry London gin, Berry Bros. & Rudd took no chances. The team of spirit specialists that worked on creating this gin for 730 days even included the only person in the world with a PhD in gin — Dr David Clutton. No.3’s production is a carefully crafted process. The 6 botanicals — grapefruit peel, orange peel, coriander, cardamom, juniper berries and angelica root — are weighed out precisely, and then steeped for over 16 hours in ultra-pure grain spirit. After more than 7 hours of distillation, the heart of the distillate is collected by the Master Distiller, and the gin is triple-checked, before being bottled at 46% ABV, so you get nothing short of perfection. This dedicated approach to creating the best gin resulted in No.3 winning four titles of World's Best Gin at the International Spirits Challenge, and becoming the first ever gin to win the Global Spirits Championship.

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    The nose is bright, crisp and fresh, with an uplifting welcome of juniper. On the palate, the juniper is supported by floral notes and spicy, warm cardamom, and the zesty citrus is complemented by the spiciness of coriander. In the finish, you can expect the earthy dryness of angelica.
  9. Waterloo No. 9 Gin

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Treaty Oak Distillery is named after the famous 500-year old tree in Austin, under which Stephen F. Austin signed agreements defining the borders of Texas. Their gins are called Waterloo, after the original name of Austin. They moved to Dripping Springs, a place with a rich history of gatherings and shared perspectives. 

    Waterloo No.9 Gin is a Texas contemporary style gin infused with expressive, beautifully balanced local botanicals. Being bottled at 94 proof maximizes the botanicals that are vapor infused during the distillation process. While paying homage to traditional dry gins with ingredients like juniper, coriander and anise, Waterloo No.9 builds in Hill Country flavor with pecans, lavender and grapefruit zest all harvested in Texas. 

    The result is a blend of science and art, a confluence of gin culture and terroir—the crisp, clear representation of Treaty Oak’s constant purposeful experimentation and pursuit of the curious.

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    Lavender, juniper, coriander, anise, ginger, and pecans echo all throughout the nose and palate.