The Top Community Rated Gins From Last Week

These gins were the Distiller community's most rated last week!
Sep 14, 2020
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    Spicy & Juniper
    Made by Domaine Pinnacle in Quebec, Ungava Canadian Premium Gin celebrates the tundra environment of Ungava Peninsula in northern Quebec. Ungava Gin is made using a spirit made from locally-grown corn that has been infused with botanicals harvested from the Ungava region. These botanicals are infused both pre and post-distillation which accounts for its unique yellow color. Botanicals include: wild rose hips, arctic blend, cloudberry, labrador tea, crowberry, and nordic juniper.
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    Floral & Rich
    Caledonia Spirits was founded by Todd Hardie, a former farmer & beekeeper who started the distillery in 2008 as a way to support the local agricultural community. The distillery is now under the leadership of owner and head distiller Ryan Christiansen, who purchased the company in 2015. Barr Hill Gin uses a pure grain spirit before juniper berry is added during distillation in a custom-built extraction still. Prior to bottling, raw northern honey is added to the spirit. It's bottled at 45% ABV.
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    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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    Juniper
    Dingle Original Gin is technically a London Dry gin, but its botanicals lean towards a modern style by using rowan berry, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorne, and heather among others. It is made in the distillery's copper pot stills and brought to proof with water from their own well 240 feet below the distillery. Dingle is a town located on the rugged Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland. The distillery makes whiskey and vodka in addition to the gin. As of late 2018, these three products are available in the US.
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    Herbal
    Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin is produced using twelve botanicals, eight that are traditionally infused and four that are vapor infused. Meadowsweet, sourced in the town of Drumshanbo in Co. Leitrim where the gin is produced, along with cardamom, juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, caraway, and star anise all go directly into the copper pot stills. The kaffir lime, oriental grapefruit, Chinese lemon and gunpowder tea are vapor infused.
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    Floral & Rich
    Released in the US in the summer of 2017, Empress 1908 Indigo 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. (SRP $39.99)
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    Floral & Herbal
    Hendrick's launched in 2001 and is distilled in Scotland at the Girvan distillery. It is distilled in small batches (500 liters) in two different stills using 11 different botanicals including elderflower, chamomile, and yarrow. One batch is made in a Bennet still which produces a heavier spirit (botanicals are macerated) and one is done in a Carter-head still (botanicals are vapor-infused) which produces a lighter spirit. The two are blended together and then infused with rose and cucumbers. It is then brought down to proof with water.
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    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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    Juniper
    Junipero is made in the London Dry style with juniper as the featured botanical. Other botanicals in play include aniseed, cardamom, cubeb, grains of paradise, and bitter and sweet orange peel. The spirit is distilled in a copper pot-still and is not chill-filtered. It was first released in 1996 by San Francisco's Anchor Distilling Co. now known as Hotaling & Co. Bottled a 49.3% 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.