The Top Community Rated Gins From Last Week

These gins were the Distiller community's most rated last week!
Mar 30, 2020
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    10 Tanqueray No. TEN Gin
    93
    Fruity & Juniper
    Released in 2000, Tanqueray No. TEN gin is named after the small copper pot-still ("Tiny Ten") that is used to produce the spirit. This Scottish gin uses a recipe which differs from the standard Tanqueray bottling. In addition to juniper, botanicals include coriander, chamomile flowers, white grapefruit, lime, and orange. Fun fact: The brand uses whole citrus fruits in its recipe.
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    9 New Amsterdam Gin
    76
    Oily & Fruity
    New Amsterdam Gin is made by E & J Gallo Winery in Modesto, California and was first released in June 2008. Using a 100% pure grain spirit, this gin is made in the "New Western" or "American-style" which is to say that juniper is not the focus here. It is presented in a bottle that features the Empire State Building (New Amsterdam being the original name for New York City).
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    8 Hayman's Old Tom Gin
    90
    Rich & Spicy
    Using old family recipes and a copper pot-still named Marjorie (after the current chairman's mother), the Hayman range captures the different and popular styles of gins throughout history. Distilled from 100% grain, steeped with botanicals before distillation, and sweetened with sugar, their reproduction of the classic 18th century Old Tom Gin is no exception. The botanical blend includes juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root, cinnamon, cassia bark, orris root, licorice, and nutmeg. It's bottled at 40% ABV.
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    7 Empress 1908 Gin
    88
    Floral & Rich
    Released in the US in the summer of 2017, Empress Gin achieves its indigo blue color with the infusion of butterfly pea blossom. The pH of this blossom is such that the addition of citrus or tonic will change the color of the gin from indigo blue to a light pink. In addition to the butterfly pea blossom and requisite juniper, the gin uses blended tea from Victoria's own Fairmont Empress Hotel. Other botanicals used are grapefruit peel, coriander seed, rose petal, ginger root, and cinnamon bark. All botanicals are organic and the spirit base is non-GMO corn.
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    6 Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
    85
    Fruity
    Tanqueray Rangpur Gin was first introduced in 2006 and is named after the Rangpur lime that is included in the recipe. Rangpur lime, which is not a lime but a hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange, is one of the several botanicals, including juniper, bay leaf, and ginger, that is used to make this spirit.
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    5 The Botanist Gin
    92
    Floral & Herbal
    If you're not a Scotch whisky drinker, you very likely have never heard of a man named Jim McEwan. Jim spent 38 years with Bowmore and held every job there from apprentice cooper to Distillery Manager. In 2001, he left Bowmore to reopen Bruichladdich as their Master Distiller. Along with the dozens of single malt bottlings he created, he wanted to distill a gin that reflects his home of Islay, the island he loves. The Botanist is a gin comprised of 9 standard botanicals and an additional 22 that were hand-foraged from Islay itself--botanicals like apple mint, heather, red clover, and meadowsweet among many others. The gin is distilled over 17 hours in a Lomond Still (a hybrid column + pot still). It is bottled at 46% ABV.
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    4 Aviation American Gin
    89
    Spicy
    American Aviation Gin was released in 2006 as a collaborative product between Seattle bartender Ryan Magarian and House Spirits Distillery based in Portland, Oregon. Using a neutral grain spirit, seven different botanicals - juniper, elettaria cardamom, lavender, sarsaparilla, coriander, anise seed and dried sweet orange peel - are steeped and boiled with the spirit in a steel vat before being distilled again and bottled at 42% ABV. Note: As of February 2018, actor Ryan Reynolds is the proud owner of the gin brand.
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    3 Roku Gin
    90
    Fruity
    The first gin released by Suntory, the name "Roku" is Japanese for "Six" which refers to the six Japanese botanicals used. Sakura flower (cherry blossoms), sakura leaf (cherry leaf), sencha tea (green tea), Gyokuro tea (refined green tea), sanshō pepper, and yuzu are utilized along with eight other traditional gin botanicals. The gin is distilled using a selection of different pot stills. The label is printed with Japanese washi paper. Roku Gin was released in Japan in July 2017, and is available in the UK, Germany, and Australia. As of October 2018, Roku is available in the US.
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    2 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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    1 Monkey 47 Dry Gin
    99
    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.