The Top Ranking Gins From October

Out of all of the gins we reviewed in October, these ten took home the highest scores!
Nov 01, 2016
  • 10
    10 Bombay Sapphire Gin (47%)
    90
    Spicy & Earthy
    Bombay Sapphire was first introduced in 1987. The bottle's utterly recognizable blue bottle is now an icon and adorned with an image of Queen Victoria. The gin itself is comprised of 10 botanicals which include cubeb berries, almonds, licorice root, and grains of paradise. The botanicals are introduced into the neutral spirit by way of vapor distillation. The botanicals are placed in perforated copper baskets with the vapor of the distillate passing over them. Only water is added to bring down to proof, which for this bottling is 47% ABV.
  • 9
    9 Hendrick's Gin (41.4%)
    90
    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.
  • 8
    8 Tanqueray London Dry Gin (47.3%)
    90
    Spicy & Juniper
    Tanqueray is named after its founder, Charles Tanqueray, who established the brand in 1830. Originally distilled in London, it has been distilled in Fife, Scotland since 1998 at the Cameronbridge Distillery. Their neutral grain spirit (wheat based) is actually made in house and not purchased, the latter of which is more common practice in gin production. The four known botanicals for the gin are juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, and licorice root. This is distilled in a one-shot method as opposed to making a gin concentrate which needs to have neutral spirit and water added to dilute. Here, they just add enough water to bring down to proof which varies dependent on where it is sold.
  • 7
    7 Spring44 Mountain Gin
    90
    Herbal & Spicy
    Spring44 is quick to point out that 96 percent of the premium clear spirits consumed in the United States are imported. With Colorado’s premium water supply and bounty of botanicals they believe that they can compete favorably with the overseas brands. Even their beautiful Vendome copper pot/column still is manufactured in Kentucky. Most of the botanicals are certified organic and the Mountain Gin features some classics such as juniper, coriander, and orris root and some more contemporary gin favorites like kaffir lime leaf, peppermint, and basil.
  • 6
    6 Venus Spirits Gin Blend No. 01
    90
    Juniper
    Venus Spirits Gin Blend No. 01 is distilled from wheat and features a botanical blend of 10 different herbs and spices including ginger, tangerine, licorice root, and lavender. It is bottled at 46% ABV.
  • 5
    5 G'Vine Nouaison Gin
    91
    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.
  • 4
    4 Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin
    91
    Herbal & Juniper
    Bloomsbury is a limited edition gin which was released by Tanqueray in July 2015. Master Distiller Tom Nicol was inspired from a late 19th century recipe written by Charles Waugh Tanqueray back when their gin was made in Bloomsbury, England. Tuscan juniper, coriander, angelica, winter savoury, and cassia bark are some of the botanicals used in this London Dry Gin. 100,000 bottles were produced.
  • 3
    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.
  • 2
    2 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.
  • 1
    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.