Five Gins To Try This Week

If you're in the mood for a new gin for your home bar, try one of these five bottles! They're getting attention this week from your fellow Distiller users.
May 10, 2017
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    5 Old Raj Dry Gin (55%)
    93
    4.5
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Spicy & Juniper
    First introduced in 1972, Old Raj Dry Gin is bottled by WM Cadenhead, an independent bottler based in Scotland. Two versions of Old Raj are produced, each with different ABVs. Both gin styles are made with nine botanicals: juniper berries, orange and lemon peel, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, cassia bark, almond powder and saffron. All of the botanicals are distilled with the base spirit except saffron, which is infused with gin following distillation because of its delicacy. This gin product is bottled at 55% ABV and is sometimes referred to as Old Raj 'Blue Label' to differentiate from its lower-ABV counterpart (which uses a red label).
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    4 Hayman's London Dry Gin
    90
    3.88
    3 out of 5 stars
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    Juniper & Spicy
    Each style of gin from Hayman Distillers follows a different family recipe but is distilled with the same botanical blend: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root, cinnamon, cassia bark, orris root, licorice, and nutmeg. Production of Hayman's London Dry Gin involves seeping the botanicals for a full day before distillation. This classic style of gin was released in 2008 and is bottled at 40% ABV.
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    3 Hayman's Royal Dock Navy-Strength Gin
    92
    4.45
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Juniper & Spicy
    The Hayman family, the longest running gin producing family in England, returned to their family archives to produce Hayman's Royal Dock Navy-Strength Gin. Using a recipe from 1863, they created this Navy-Strength Gin. Named for the Deptford Dock in London, one of the famous homes for the Royal Navy, this gin was given to British sailors during the 19th century. Made with ten different botanicals: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root, cinnamon root, cassia bark, orris root, licorice, and nutmeg - this gin is is bottled at 57% ABV.
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    2 Ferdinand's Saar Dry Gin
    93
    4.29
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Fruity & Sweet
    This is certainly one of the most innovative gins on the market. First, the sheer number of local (many actually grown on the estate) botanicals at 30 is certainly noteworthy, but even more striking is the infusion of Riesling wine from the Zilliken estate — one of Germany’s premier winegrowers in one of Germany’s premier wine-growing regions. Certainly not a typical gin recipe, but fiercely loyal to their vision of strict regionalism.
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    1 Malfy Gin Rosa
    89
    4.06
    4 out of 5 stars
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    Juniper & Fruity
    Malfy Gin Rosa is made with the peel of sun-ripened Sicilian pink grapefruit grown in citrus groves on the Mediterranean. The peels are infused with juniper in an Italian grain spirit for 36 hours. Five other botanicals--lemon peel, grapefruit peel, angelica root, orris root, and coriander are used in its production. Additionally, a rabarbaro (rhubarb) distillate is added post distillation giving the gin a pale pink color. Made at the Torino Distillati by master distillers Beppe Ronco and Denis Muni, it is suggested to serve this gin with tonic, lemonade, or Prosecco.