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Taster’s Club Best Gins for Martinis in 2023

Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023

One of the most iconic, famously classic cocktails, the martini is wonderfully clean, balanced, and easily elevated with simple ingredients and a quality gin. When it comes to the best gins for martinis, you’ve got many choices. Whether you like yours extra dry, dirty, or with olives or a twist, gin will always be front and center. To help you choose your next bottle, we’ve tasted many gin expressions and have come up with this list of the best Taster’s Club gin in 2023 for your perfect martini, all available in our bottle shop.

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Best Gins for Martinis in 2023: Available in Our Bottle Shop
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1. Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick’s is an unusual gin created from 11 fine botanicals. Infusions of rose and cucumber imbue the spirit with a uniquely balanced flavor resulting in an impeccably smooth, distinct gin. On the nose, you’ll also notice juniper, orange, lime, and elderflower. On the tongue, you’ll get a classic gin flavor with notes like coriander, juniper, and citrus, followed by a warm, long finish.

Region: Scotland | Tasting Notes: Coriander, Juniper, Citrus | ABV: 41.4%

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2. Sipsmith London Dry Gin

This is a quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry gin. Bold, complex, and aromatic, this Sipsmith spirit is smooth enough for a martini, yet rich and balanced, perfect for a gin & tonic. Born in 2007, the distillery is now a proud certified B Corporation.

Region: London, England | Tasting Notes: Orange, Honey, Angelica Root | ABV: 41.6%

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3. Gray Whale Gin

Gray Whale spirits are inspired by California and perfected with sustainably-sourced or wildly forged ingredients. The brand supports Oceana and 1% for the Planet, to help protect and preserve the world’s oceans. In its gin, you’ll find a citrus aroma, followed by juniper and a subtle hint of cool coastal fir trees. Fresh mint and the umami flavors of kombu sea kelp are then rounded out by a long-lasting, creamy almond finish.

Region: California | Tasting Notes: Mint, Sea Kelp, Almond | ABV: 43%

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4. Monkey 47

This elegant, fruity, medium-bodied dry gin from Monkey 47 is made completely by hand with 47 ingredients, Germany’s soft Black Forest water, and traditional distilling techniques. It offers aromas of juniper, lemon peel, cucumber, and mint. Next, you’ll taste clove and grapefruit, followed by a long, refined finish.

Region: Germany | Tasting Notes: Clove, Grapefruit | ABV: 47%

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5. Nikka Coffey Gin

Coffey Gin’s complexity is achieved through the perfect balance between 11 selected botanicals and the silky texture of coffey distillates. The bright and zesty aroma originating from four kinds of Japanese citruses complements the traditional gin botanicals of juniper berries, angelica, coriander seeds, lemon, and orange peels.

Region: Japan | Tasting Notes: Lemon, Orange, Peppercorn | ABV: 47%

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6. Nolet's Silver Gin

NOLET’S Silver is a fresh and surprising take on gin featuring real botanicals of fragrant rose, juicy peach, and slightly tart raspberry. Extra care is taken to individually macerate and then distill each botanical used in NOLET’S. The gin base and botanical extracts are married and rested to fully integrate the botanical flavors. This results in a smooth, balanced spirit with soft floral aromas, a fruit-driven palate, and a classic dry finish.

Region: Netherlands | Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Orris Root, Licorice | ABV: 47.6%

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7. Roku Gin

Crafted by Japanese artisans with meticulous attention to detail, Roku Gin is precisely balanced. Inside each bottle are six botanicals sourced in Japan, each harvested in their ideal season and from the best growing areas, combined with eight traditional gin botanicals. A unique multiple-distillation process brings out the best in each botanical.

Region: Japan | Tasting Notes: Cherry Blossom, Green Tea, Bergamot, Pepper | ABV: 43%

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8. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Ford’s Gin is distilled in London and made with botanicals from all over the world, including Spain, Haiti, Morocco, China, and Italy. On the nose, you’ll get spice, juniper, floral notes, lavender, and cream. The complex spirit offers a thick, rich flavor of florals, citrus, juniper, and earthy notes.

Region: London, England | Tasting Notes: Floral, Citrus, Juniper, Earth | ABV: 45%

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9. Ford's London Dry Gin

Ford’s Gin is distilled in London and made with botanicals from all over the world, including Spain, Haiti, Morocco, China, and Italy. On the nose, you’ll get spice, juniper, floral notes, lavender, and cream. The complex spirit offers a thick, rich flavor of florals, citrus, juniper, and earthy notes.

Region: London, England | Tasting Notes: Floral, Citrus, Juniper, Earth | ABV: 45%

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10. Plymouth Gin

The rich and smooth taste of Plymouth Gin is the result of a balanced blend of seven hand-selected botanicals. The spirit gives earthy angelica, juniper, coriander, and cardamom aromas. You’ll taste similar flavors along with lemon, orange, and nutmeg, followed by a mid-length, warm finish.

Region: England | Tasting Notes: Angelica, Coriander, Cardamom, Citrus | ABV: 41.2%

With this list of the best gins for martinis, you’ll be well on your way to cocktail bliss. Any of these bottles are perfect for relaxing at the end of a long week or just enjoying the company of friends. If you’d rather leave the decisions up to us, though, we’re happy to do the work for you. Just sign up for our Gin Club and await a wonderful new bottle each and every month.

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