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Taster’s Club Top 10 Gin Recommendations

Written by Emma C | Updated May 2023

It’s no secret that gin has made a huge comeback around the globe. New brands have been popping up regularly for years, which can make it pretty tough to choose the best gin. Some purists don’t believe gin should be anything but the classic juniper-forward London Dry style, while other enthusiasts love a more modern expression or barrel-aged style. The truth is, the best gin is subjective and highly personal. That said, they’ll all be memorable and a great value. We’re here to help you sort through your options with these Taster’s Club top 10 gin recommendations available in our bottle shop, perfect for sipping or making classic cocktails like the gin & tonic or martini.

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Taster's Club Top 10 Gin Bottles Available in our bottle shop
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1. Hendricks Gin

Hendrick’s is an unusual gin created from 11 fine botanicals: chamomile, elderflower, juniper, lemon peel, orange peel, caraway, coriander, cubeb berries, angelica root, yarrow root, and orris root. The gin is made in double batches, one using an old-fashioned pot still that creates a rich spirit, the other on a long-necked Carter Head that results in a more delicate, refined gin ideal for sipping. Then, they’re brought together with rose and cucumber infusions that imbue the spirit with their uniquely balanced flavor and floral aroma, resulting in an impeccably refreshing, smooth, light, complex, and distinct gin.

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

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2. Sipsmith London Dry Gin

The quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. Bold, complex, and aromatic – smooth enough for a martini, yet rich and balanced, perfect for a gin & tonic. You’ll get beautiful summer meadow, floral, juniper, and citrus aromas, dry juniper, lemon tart, and orange marmalade tasting notes, followed by a dry, spicy juniper and lemon finish.

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

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3. Barr Hill Gin

Straw-hued Barr Hill Gin is an ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Each batch is distilled in a custom-built botanical extraction still. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral depth of the raw honey. You’ll get pine, juniper, and dried fir notes on the nose followed by warm, robust grass, pine, honey, juniper, and leafiness on the tongue. This gin finishes long, warm, and rich, with a slow burn.

Region: United States | Tasting Notes: Nectar, Soft Wildflower, Juniper | ABV: 45%

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4. St. George Terroir Gin

Inspired by hiking the trails on California’s Mt. Tam, St. George Terroir Gin was created as an ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State. Made from a host of evocative botanicals, it’s an olfactory snapshot of the lush landscape surrounding the Bay area. You’ll get aromas of spruce, fir, pine buds, and pinecones, followed by similar tastes along with sage, bay leaves, juniper, and a cool, minty flavor as you experience the rich, thick drink. The cool, smooth, long finish includes somewhat less minty sage and instead notes of spice, coriander, lemon, and citrus.

Region: United States | Tasting Notes: Douglas Fir, Citrus Pepper | ABV: 45%

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5. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

The Botanist, the first and only Islay dry gin, is a rare expression of the heart and soul of the remote Scottish island. This is a gin of layered complexity and progressive exploration of the botanical Islay heritage. It contains 22 hand-foraged local botanicals that delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds, and peels during an achingly slow distillation. On the nose, you’ll smell juniper, lemon, and orange zest, followed by a slightly oily, coating texture and flavors of mint, juniper, citrus, sweet spices, floral, chamomile, vanilla cream, licorice, and birch bark. The well-balanced spirit finishes gently, long, and a bit dry.

Region: Scotland | Tasting Notes: Mint, Juniper, Citrus, Floral, Licorice | ABV: 46%

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6. Suntory Roku Gin

Roku is the premium Japanese craft gin created by the House of Suntory in Osaka, Japan. Crafted by Japanese artisans with meticulous attention to detail, it’s the perfectly precise balance of flavors, a testimony to Japan’s renowned craftsmanship. Suntory has a long history of making gin, dating back to 1936, and Roku is the modern embodiment of Suntory’s mastery of this process. In Japanese, Roku translates as “six”. It follows the concept of shun – the tradition of enjoying every food and drink in its proper season, only when those foods are at the peak of their flavors.

Inside every bottle of Roku are six very special botanicals sourced in Japan. Each Japanese botanical is harvested in its ideal season and from the best-growing areas in Japan to ensure the utmost freshness and flavor. The Japanese botanicals are combined with eight traditional gin botanicals – juniper berry, coriander seed, angelica root, angelica seed, cardamom seed, cinnamon, bitter orange peel, and lemon peel – for an authentic gin taste. 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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7. No. 3 London Dry Gin

No. 3’s flagship gin led to a collaboration with a host of brilliant and talented people – from artists to scientists, master distillers to expert mixologists. The maker spent two years honing the recipe, seeking out high-quality ingredients from around the world. The flavors at the core of this dry, crisp, refreshing, and balanced gin come from Italian juniper berries, blended with zingy citrus peel and warming spices. No. 3 distills these ingredients in a century-old copper pot in Holland, the home of gin. To date, theirs is the only gin to be awarded 'World's Best' four times at the International Spirits Challenge.

Region: Netherlands | Tasting Notes:  Citrus Peel, Warming Spices | ABV: 46%

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8. 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 – Yuzu, Kabosu, Amanatsu, and Shequasar – compliments the traditional gin botanicals of juniper berries, angelica, coriander seeds, lemon, and orange peel. There is also a touch of apple, a fruit deeply related to the history of Nikka, followed by pleasantly tangy hints of green Japanese sansho pepper on the finish.

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

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9. Bimini Barrel Reserve No 1

This barrel reserve gin from Bimini is like its original, but with warm, comforting flavors. The gin is barreled at full distillation strength (180 proof) for three months in three different kinds of twice-used bourbon barrels, then blended and diluted to 101 proof and rested in stainless steel for six weeks before bottling. It offers enhanced botanical notes with citrus hops and grapefruit, along with hints of salinity. The juniper upfront mingles with tree fruit in the middle palate, then finishes with lingering caramel and vanilla notes.

Region: United States | Tasting Notes: Caramel, Citrus, Grapefruit | ABV: 50.5%

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10. Tanqueray No. Ten Gin

Passion and attention to detail in perfect measure is a recipe for exquisite results. Tanqueray No. 10, named after the stills of its origin, is a small batch gin crafted using fresh citrus fruits. It gives an exquisite juniper, lime, and grapefruit aroma burst with notes of licorice and angelica. Flavor notes include juniper, bitter orange, lemon, angelica, and pink grapefruit, along with hints of licorice root and peppercorn. The gin finishes long with medium warmth and notes of juniper, citrus, and earthiness. Try it with premium tonic water and a slice of pink grapefruit.

Region: United States | Tasting Notes: Peppery Coriander,  Angelica | ABV: 47.3%

These top 10 gin options give you lots to pick from the next time you feel like something new and are perfect in gin cocktails. But, if you’re having an indecisive moment or simply love the element of surprise, check out our gin club. When you subscribe, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and wait for a brand-new bottle of gin on your doorstep each month.

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