Our Favorite European Gins To Try Now

Although the UK might be your starting point when it comes to dry gin, we highly recommend you see what others in Europe are doing. Here are just a few of our favorites to try right now.
Feb 07, 2019
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    Fruity & Sweet
    Torino Distillati, located in Moncalieri, was established in 1906 and is currently run by the Vergnano family. Malfy con Limone Gin is produced in Italy, where Italian monks have been distilling juniper spirits since as early as the 11th century. It is made from Italian juniper, lemons, coriander, angelica, cassia bark, and other botanicals. Distilled in a stainless steel vacuum still, it is bottled at 41% ABV.
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    Glendalough, known for their whiskeys and poitín, entered the gin game in 2014 with seasonal gins, one for each season. Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin, launched in early 2017, brings all four seasons together. Their plan is for you to smell the spring, taste both the summer floral and autumnal fruits, and finish up the experience with spices reminding you of winter. A host of wild botanicals are foraged by Geraldine Kavanagh and they are used fresh, not dried in the distillation process. Note: Updated packaging beginning May 2023. (SRP $32.99)
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    Gin de Mahón is a style of gin limited to the Spanish island of Menorca. Xoriguer, pronounced "sho-ri-gar" means "windmill" which the founder named for his family's windmill. Production of the gin includes a direct-fire copper pot still and juniper which "age" for 2 years near the harbour. The base of the gin is made from wine using parellada and xarel-lo grapes from the Penedès region known for its cava. Other production details and ingredients remain a closely guarded family secret. Xoriguer Gin de Mahón matures in American oak barrels before bottling. (41% ABV in the States, 38% elsewhere).
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    Fruity & Oily
    Bobby's Schiedam Dry Gin is an interpretation of creator Sebastiaan's grandfather, Bobby's homemade gin. Born in Indonesia, Bobby immigrated to the Netherlands in the 1950's, but longed for a spirit with the taste of home. So, he began infusing Dutch jenever with Indonesian herbs, thus creating his own gin. In 2012, Sebastiaan traveled to Holland to meet master distiller of Herman Jansen. Together, they created today's version of Bobby's recipe using Indonesian botanicals such as lemongrass, cloves, coriander, cubeb pepper and cinnamon.
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    Fruity & Spicy
    Produced at the Maison Villevert estate in the Cognac region of France, G'Vine gin is unique in that it's made with a base spirit distilled from grapes. Of the two marques of G'Vine, G'Vine Nouaison ("setting" in French) uses a smaller amount of vine flower - grape vine flowers that have not yet matured into grapes - in its production than its sister gin bottling. Along with vine flower, nine other botanicals - juniper, lime, licorice, green cardamom, quassia amara, ginger root, coriander, nutmeg and cubeb berries - are also used as ingredients. Each botanical is macerated and distilled individually with the base spirit, which are then blended together and, along with additional neutral grape spirit, distilled one more time before being bottled at 43.9% ABV.
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    Fruity & Juniper
    Hernö Distillery is located in Dala, Sweden near the eastern coast. It is made in a one-shot method and only adds water which they source from their own well to bring the gin down to 40.5% ABV. They use 8 botanicals, all of which are certified organic and include fresh lemon peel which they peel by hand, lingonberries, meadowsweet, and black pepper. Note: This is not currently available in the U.S., but can be found in many European countries.
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    An abandoned cheese factory in Isokyrö, Finland has been home to the rye-obsessed Kyrö Distillery Company since 2014. While they waited for their rye whiskey to mature, they keep the stills busy producing new make spirit and rye-based gin like this one. Kyrö Gin (formerly known as Napue Gin) is made from rye grain and distilled with freshly-picked and locally sourced seabuckthorn, wild cranberries, birch leaves, and meadowsweet. The remaining 12 botanicals are undisclosed. It is bottled at 46.3% ABV.
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    Herbal & Spicy
    Produced in the Spanish Mediterranean, this gin begins with a barley neutral spirit. The botanicals, which include Arbequina olives, thyme, basil, and rosemary, are steeped in the spirit and distilled individually. It is then blended together where water and more neutral spirit is added. It is bottled at 42.7% ABV.
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    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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    Fruity & Floral
    Hailing from Germany’s Black Forest, Monkey 47 is an exotic gin made with a molasses base. The 47 refers to the number of botanicals used which includes such unlikely fruit ingredients like lingonberries, blackberries, and honey pomelo. These are combined with a host of recognizable gin botanicals such as chamomile, sage, angelica, coriander, and a whole array of others. Another anomaly at Monkey 47 is that the distillate is aged in earthenware containers for three months before being brought to 47% ABV with the forest’s celebrated water.