Affordable Gins For Christmas

If you're shopping for the gin lover in your life, you don't have to spend an arm and a leg. These gins are highly rated, delicious, and should all be under $50.
Dec 20, 2016
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    10 Leopold's Navy Strength American Gin
    95
    Fruity & Floral
    Released in 2012, this is Leopold Bros.' version of a Navy-Strength Gin. However, rather than use the same recipe they created for their primary gin product and increase the alcohol content, Leopold Bros. created a whole new recipe for this gin. This gin is made with increased amounts of juniper, coriander, and cardamom, along with additional botanicals, such as bergamot. After distillation, the gin is then bottled at 57% ABV.
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    9 Nolet's Silver Gin
    95
    Floral & Fruity
    The Nolet family operates the oldest running distillery in Holland, having produced spirits since 1691. While more known today for producing the Ketel One brand, the distillery recently began producing their own gin style, created by Carolus Nolet Sr and his sons, Carl Jr. and Bob. Nolet's Silver Gin begins with a mash made from European wheat. While the exact botanical recipe is a company secret, it does contain juniper, peach, turkish rose and raspberry. These botanicals are individually macerated and distilled with the base spirit. The final gin is bottled at 47.6% ABV.
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    8 Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
    95
    Fruity & Spicy
    Plymouth Navy Strength Gin celebrates the historic nautical legacy in Plymouth that featured organizations and people including the Royal Navy and explorer Sir Francis Drake. It's made with seven botanicals: juniper berries, coriander seed, orange and lemon peel, green cardamom, angelica root, and orris root. It is bottled at 57% ABV.
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    7 Portobello Road No. 171 Gin
    95
    Juniper & Rich
    Portobello Road No. 171 is the address of Portobello Star, a cocktail bar in Notting Hill. It is also the address where this gin was conceived. On the second floor of the bar resides a Ginstitute, a gin museum and educational center where guests are educated in all things gin. Jake Burger (bartender) and Ged Feltham (proprietor) spent nine months experimenting before the settling on a recipe. Their gin is made from a base of English wheat neutral spirit and 9 botanicals including juniper, orris root, coriander, licorice root, and nutmeg. It is distilled to their specs at the Thames Distillery in London and is then prepared for bottling with additional neutral spirit and water. It is bottled at 42% ABV.
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    6 Eden Mill Sea Buckthorn Original Gin
    95
    Rich & Juniper
    The Haig family first founded the Seggie Distillery in 1810 and began producing whisky. Fifty years later, the site was transformed into a paper mill, which would operate until shutting down in 2008. In 2012, businessman Paul Miller reopened the site as the Eden Mill Brewery. Within two years, he started producing spirits, creating Scotland's first combined brewery and distillery. Eden Mill Sea Buckthorn Original Gin, one of the distillery's signature spirits, is made with several botanicals, including juniper berries, lemon balm, citrus peel, angelica, and locally-picked sea buckthorn berries, all vapor-infused with the base spirit. The final product is bottled at 42% ABV.
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    5 Ransom Old Tom Gin
    95
    Rich & Juniper
    Ransom Spirits in Oregon collaborated with spirits author, David Wondrich, to produce this classic gin that was popular during pre-Prohibition times. Made from a grain bill of corn and barley (of which 85% is malted and 15% is unmalted), it's distilled through an alambic copper pot still. The organic botanicals used are juniper berries, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seed, cardamom pods, and angelica root. After a 6 to 12 month aging period in French wine oak barrels, the gin is bottled at 44% ABV.
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    4 Farmer's Botanical Organic Gin
    96
    Floral & Herbal
    Released in 2010, Farmer's Organic Gin is produced by Crop Harvest Earth Co, a distillery dedicated to producing spirits from organically grown crops. This gin begins with a base spirit made from organically and sustainably grown grain. While the entire botanical recipe is a company secret, it's known that the lineup includes juniper, elderflower, lemon grass, coriander, and angelica root, all of which, along with other undisclosed botanicals, are organically grown. Following distillation in small batches, the gin is then bottled at 46.7% ABV.
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    3 Beefeater London Dry Gin (47%)
    97
    Spicy & Juniper
    Beefeater is a London Dry Gin that is actually produced in London; the distillery is located in Kennington just south of the River Thames. It is made from a neutral grain spirit base to which nine botanicals are added and steeped for 24 hours. These botanicals include, in addition to the juniper, coriander seeds, licorice root, citrus peel, and bitter almond. This is then redistilled and reduced to strength with softened water. This 47% ABV is their export strength version. The Beefeater name was chosen as to be something quintessentially London; the Beefeaters, as the Yeomen Warders are called, have been guarding the Tower of London since 1485 and adorn the bottles.
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    2 Eden Mill Love Gin
    97
    Floral & Rich
    This expression, released in 2015 from Eden Hill Brewery & Distillery, is made with a mix of both traditional gin botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander, and angelica, along with more exotic botanicals, including rose petal, hibiscus, elderberry, goji berry, raspberry leaf, and rhubarb root. This gin is bottled at 42% ABV.
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    1 St. George Botanivore Gin
    97
    Floral
    Botanivore is aptly named as this gin most certainly is a "botanical eater", 19 different ones to be exact. Sixteen of them are steeped overnight in a neutral spirit to soak and steep. The remaining three--juniper berries, bay laurel, and fresh cilantro--are placed in a basket within the still to have the vapor pass through them. After pot-distillation, this gin is brought down to 45% ABV. It is sold in a 750ml size and in a 200ml sized bottle, the latter of which is sold in a trio pack with their other two gins.