1. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    97%
    (2)
    The Shed distillery is an up and comer in the spirits industry. Located in County Leitrim, in the tiny rural village of Drumshanbo, The Shed is the first new distillery in rural Connacht in over 100 years. Riding in the wake of this fresh resurgence of Irish whiskey, The Shed currently produces gins, while they wait for their whiskey to mature.

    The Shed distillery is the venture of P.J. Rigney — the entrepreneur behind Boru Vodka and Sheridans liqueur. Rigney is a pioneer in the Irish village, his innovative experimental distilling bringing the small rural town of Drumshanbo into the modern era of distilling. The re-birth of Irish distilling, came to the rural village of Drumshanbo, December 21st, 2014, during the winter solstice.

    This new handcraft distillery uses traditional distillation methods, incorporating medieval copper stills into production. Drumshambo is also the first multi-purpose distillery of its kind in Ireland. The Shed offers several spirits featuring experimental recipes for herbaceous gins, potato vodkas and new liqueurs, including a distinctive Blackforest Gateau liqueur called "My Three Graces." Their highly original Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is crafted with Asian botanicals and gunpowder tea.

    "The result of this passionate exploration is Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin — unique, extraordinary and remarkable as the elusive creature P.J. has occasionally glimpsed in the fields, the Drumshanbo Jackalope" (producer). With its fresh citrus taste and spicy notes of Asian botanicals, Gunpowder Tea, or zhū chá, translates literally as "pearl tea," a type of green tea that has been slowly dried, its delicate leaves carefully rolled into shiny pellets, resembling gun powder. Gunpowder Tea dates as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618–907).

    The ever inquisitive P.J. Rigney released the highly unique Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, in 2016. Its recipe fuses Asian botanicals with the local Irish ones, yielding a harmonious bold, bright flavor with a slight spice, the Gunpowder tea botanical taking center stage.

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    Bright citrus and gunpowder tea are complimented with juniper and spicy notes coming to the fore on the nose. The palate is delightfully fresh and rounded up front with citrus, juniper & spice immediately evident. The expected juniper follows close behind
    $39.99
  2. No. 209 Gin

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The story of this San Francisco gin begins in New York in 1870, when William Scheffler purchased a patent for rights to a new design of a pot still. He journeyed westward and in 1882, registered a distillery in St. Helena, California and was given distillery license number 209 by the federal government. The restoration of Distillery 209 began in the 20th century and the distillery was ultimately moved from St. Helena to San Francisco. Today, 130 years after Scheffler proudly painted his license number over the doors of his stone and brick distillery, Distillery 209 is situated in the shadow of AT&T Park at Pier 50, and is the only distillery in the world that is built over water.

    Whether you enjoy drinking gin straight, sipping a proper martini, or want to welcome summer with a sublime gin and tonic, Distillery 209 makes a unique artisanal spirit that is truly outstanding.

    Born in a 25-foot tall copper alembic pot still, No. 209 Gin is the child of Arne Hillesland, the master distiller at Distillery 209. After apprenticing with a Master Distiller from Scotland, Arne developed both the No. 209 Gin recipe as well as some of the innovative techniques that give No. 209 Gin its unique flavor profile. The gin's secret recipe calls for somewhere between eight and eleven different botanicals — the distillery is intentionally vague on the exact number. In addition to juniper berries (the staple of every gin) from Tuscany, the recipe calls for cardamom from Guatemala, cassia bark from Indonesia, coriander seeds from Romania, bergamot orange from Calabria and lemon peel from Spain. The lemon peel and bergamot orange give the gin a citric fragrance and citrusy flavor profile.

    To say that No. 209 Gin is handcrafted is an understatement. Arne uses only pure snow melt water from the Sierra Nevada mountains and he hand-sorts the cardamom seeds used in the fermentation process by length, choosing only the shorter seeds for a sweeter taste and tossing the long seeds to avoid a bitter aftertaste. In addition, Distillery 209 prides itself on limiting the number of congeners, or hang-over producing substances, used in the production of the gin.

    After distilling the gin four times over, Arne lets the botanicals macerate overnight in the pot still, gently coaxing out the natural, citrus flavors. The height of the pot still reflects the profile of the gin — because the still is so tall, it creates a lighter flavored gin. After maceration, the gin is distilled a fifth time. Then, Arne discards the heads (beginning) and tails (end) of the distillation and bottles the heart (middle) into No. 209 Gin.

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    No. 209 Gin opens with a beautifully aromatic nose of citrus and floral notes with a hint of spiciness. Lemon and orange high notes predominate and as the spirit warms in the mouth, delicate floral notes are liberated from the bergamot and coriander. Mid palette, juniper flavors emerge with a wonderful counterpoint from the cardamom. As the gin passes the palette, the cassia and other warm spice notes become prominent, encouraging another sip.
    $30.99
  3. Oxley Cold Distilled London Dry Gin

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Oxley Gin is one of the first gins to utilize a cold (vacuum) distillation technique, one of the premier techniques of the super premium gin category. Oxley Gin is the product of both scientists and distillers coming together to create a truly distinctive distillation method. After eight years of experimentation – to get the method right. Oxley finally launched in 2009, now owned by Bacardi, this impressive gin is vacuum distilled. Oxley was one of the first spirits to use this novel distillation method and is unique to others in the category, distilling their spirit at -5°C.

    This sub-zero distillation method maintains the overall integrity of the botanicals, ensuring that the delicate flavors and oily compounds stored within them are not lost or changed through the heat. This also prevents the harsh flavors and aromas that result when the stills have overheated.

    The botanicals in this gin include juniper, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, meadowsweet, vanilla, aniseed, orris root, licorice root, cocoa, grains of paradise, cassia bark, nutmeg, and coriander. The result is a bright, vibrant gin, rounded by citrus notes and incredibly smooth textures. Bottled at a relatively higher ABV of 47%, Oxley gin has beautifully crisp clean notes.

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    A bright vibrant gin, rounded by citrus notes and incredibly smooth textures. Notes of juniper, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, meadowsweet, vanilla, anisseed, orris root, licorice root, cocoa, grains of paradise, cassia bark, followed by a smooth finish.
    $41.99
  4. Magellan Gin

    Proof88 (44% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    (1)
    Magellan Gin gets its name from Spanish explorer, Ferdinand de Magellan. In 1519, he guided five ships on a voyage around the globe to explore the spice islands. Only one ship returned, with it several barrels of cloves; a key botanical in Magellan Gin.

    Distilled at the Angeac Distillery in Cognac France, Magellan Gin is crafted using 11 natural botanicals from around the globe. First the wheat grain is fermented with local limestone-filtered spring water

    The water is demineralized to avoid changing the flavor profile of the botanicals. The mash is triple distilled and fresh, hand-picked botanicals are added before the blend is redistilled a fourth time. The heart cut of the gin is taken out, discarding the rest.

    Finally, the Gin is infused with fresh iris flowers and roots imparting a pale blue color with an intensely floral aroma. Magellan Gin’s iris botanicals and creme de violette create a perfect harmony.

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    $39.99
  5. Waterloo Antique Gin

    Proof94 (47% ABV)
    Size750mL
    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 gin pours together limestone-fed springs and local botanicals in a bouquet of Hill Country flavors. At Treaty Oak distillery they harvest botanicals unique to the Texas Hill country and arrange them in basket in the still column. This vapor infusion technique allows the essence of each ingredient to find an even brighter expression in the resulting spirit.

    Building on centuries of tradition, Waterloo Antique gin is aged in medium-char, white oak barrels to create body and complexity of flavor and a robust mouth-feel unusual in gin. It has rich woody vanilla notes with the botanical backbone of a gin Already botanically hearty, Waterloo gin is aged for 18 to 24 months, allowing the interaction between wood and spirits to create richer, deeper flavors and aromas, engaging the palate in a long conversation about taste and expectations.

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    Sweet floral & vanilla nose, herbal notes, nutmeg, and leather, followed by a cinnamon finish.
    $32.99
  6. Hepple Gin

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The team behind Hepple Gin includes co-founder Valentine Warner and Managing Director (and owner of the Hepple Estate) Walter Riddel, along with the distilling team: Cairbry Hill, Nick Strangeway and Chris Garden.

    Hepple is distilled using a three-step technique with three juniper varieties: Italian and Balkan juniper, and uniquely, a green, young juniper that grows on Hepple itself. Using a three way extract process to extract flavor, the first step of producing Hepple Gin involves a copper pot still upon which the ‘core’ Gin is created. This is the cornerstone of Hepple Gin’s signature character.

    Next the rotary evaporator — a machine that reduces the atmospheric pressure — cold distills the ingredients, preserving them in their raw state. The last stage of production involves a CO2 Extraction System — also known as the Supercritical machine, and this concludes the third and final step of the Triple Technique method. The result is an award-winning Hepple Gin.

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    Crisp apple, vibrant grapefruit and bold juniper, Douglas fir, black currant. On the palate are notes of bright citrus, sweet melon, spice, and juniper.
    $49.99
  7. Tod & Vixen's Dry Gin 1651

    Proof96 (48% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Vale Fox Tod & Vixen’s was Founded by Eral Gokgol-Kline and his brother Arman. Over Negronis, Gokgol-Kline created a business plan for a new venture and decided to leave his life in finance behind. His Negroni-fueled passion came to life as the the Vale Fox Distillery and its flagship spirit, Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651.

    The recipe for the gin was developed by a team of seasoned cocktail professionals Gary (gaz) Regan, Leo Robitschek and Jeffery Morganthaler, and a British Master Distiller. The result is one lively mix of British Sensibility and American Mischief. Specifically designed to enhance the flavors of gin cocktails, this Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 is made by macerating botanicals — including juniper, angelica root and rooibos tea — to extract their flavors, then non-chill filtering to retain the unearthed profile. The resulting sip is bold on the entry, giving way to a well-balanced, vibrant gin with a weighty mouthfeel. As the esteemed gaz Regan put it: "THIS GIN ROCKS."

    Created using a reverse engineering approach, this gin is a combination of eight botanicals, including including juniper, red rooibos tea, fresh orange peel and bitter orange peel. The botanicals are macerated in a wheat neutral spirit and well water from the distillery grounds in LaGrange, New York, before being distilled through a 500-gallon copper pot still that was designed by Scottish firm Forsyths. It earned a Gold Medal at the Women’s Wine and Spirits Awards 2019.

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    Aromas of juniper and sweet citrus balanced with the complexity of bitter Seville orange and earthy sweet red rooibos tea. Bold on the entry, giving way to a well-balanced vibrant gin with a weighty mouthfeel.
    $42.99
  8. Elephant Gin Elephant Strength

    Proof114 (57% ABV)
    Size500mL
    Elephant Gin produces award-winning handcrafted premium gin, made with rare African botanicals. Their story began in South Africa, but Elephant Gin is handmade in Germany.

    Every ingredient is hand-selected, each bottle custom-made, with hand-written labels. Production is limited to small batches. This custom made artisan gem is in collaboration with Africa for Africa, a charitable organization from the hearts and minds of a handful of German enthusiasts who donate 15% of all their profits to help save the endangered African elephants.

    This Elephant Strength gin is a take on the "navy strength" the Royal English Navy used. They would put their Navy Strength gin to the test by lighting it with gunpowder. If the gin had at least 114 proof, it survived the test and was deemed "navy strength."

    Elephant Strength is stronger and richer than the original award-winning Elephant London Dry Gin. Its high strength comes with twice the amount of botanicals featuring the extraordinary African buchu, sweet citrus peel and herbaceous mountain pine.

    The design of the bottle takes inspiration from naval origins featuring navy blue accents, an inviting map of the ocean, and a rope-like string with a charming miniature anchor. The Elephant Strength labels carry the names of the Magnificent Seven: the strongest and most impressive elephants known to Kruger National Park, South Africa, these precious bull elephants all bore tusks weighing more than 50kg each. Intense and full-bodied with fresh aromas, this gin is superb in cocktails.

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    Intense, bold and full-bodied with fresh notes of African buchu, sweet citrus peel and herbaceous mountain pine.
    $50.99
  9. Amethyst Handcrafted Lavender Gin

    Proof90 (45% ABV)
    Size750mL
    The award-winning Ellensburg Distillery is situated on the West Coast, in Washington state, and has been operational since 2008. It is the state's only second licensed distillery. They are focused on handcrafted spirits ranging from whiskey to vodka, brandy, and gin: Wildcat White Whiskey, Wild Horse Vodka, and Golden Bee honey spirit, to name a few.

    The area in the Pacific Northwest has significantly less rain and plenty of sunshine, meaning lavender thrives in the wild. Apart from the eight traditional botanicals, Ellensburg Distillery adds carefully measured amounts of lavender during the distilling process, making for a modern, classy, and different gin. As befits the distillery's handcrafted mantra, the lavender is grown naturally on their own Spring Creek farm. The gin is made with 100% grain neutral spirits, is vapor distilled in small batches and is distinctly aromatic and unique on its own. It shines even brighter in cocktails and makes for a wonderfully fresh and crisp gin and tonic.

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    Delicate and subtle, yet unmistakable lavender aromas stand out from the traditional juniper, fruity, and spicy notes — cinnamon, coriander, and licorice.
    $38.99
  10. Porter's Modern Classic Gin

    Proof83 (41.5% ABV)
    Size750mL
    After Ben Iravani and Josh Rennie lauched their trendy bar in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2009 they decided to experiment with an ideal recipe of botanicals infusions and unique methods to extract the herbs and spices using a cold vacuum distillation. Together with university professor Andrew Porter they created a special vacuum still, subsequently naming their gin after him.

    The distillate used for Porter’s Gin is sourced from G&L Distillers near Manchester. This spirit is infused with juniper, coriander seed, angelica, licorice, citrus zest, almond, and cinnamon. These custom vacuum stills process pink peppercorn, cassia, and Buddha’s hand — a rare Asian citrus fruit with spindly fingers-like lobes. You can expect bright notes of citrus and baking spice with ample pink peppercorns, followed by crisp clean finish with a subtle lingering nuttiness.

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    Notes of juniper up front with lingering complex citrus. The palate is bright with notes of citrus, baking spice, cinnamon, coriander, and pink peppercorns. The finish is refreshing and clean with a subtle, lingering nuttiness.
    $39.99
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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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