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
    Broker's Gin is produced outside of London, England. The base spirit is made from quadruple-distilled English wheat, and traditional botanicals are steeped in the spirit for 24 hours before a fifth distillation. Broker's Gin is certified Kosher. Note: The bottle received a bit of an update to the label in autumn 2021, but fret not — the bowler hat topper remains!
  • 9
    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.
  • 8
    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.
  • 7
    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.
  • 6
    Floral & Sweet
    The craft spirit movement has never been confined to America's coasts, so it is of no surprise that even beer-centric Milwaukee is getting involved in the action. Central Standard Distillery may only date back to 2014, but they've made a splash with a small collection of spirits that are unabashedly nontraditional.
  • 5
    Odd Fellows No. 214 Gin is produced by Manatawny Still Works in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Bottled at 47% ABV, the name references an "interesting collection of individuals" who comprise the business.
  • 4
    This gin is the result of Watershed Distillery taking their Four Peels Gin -- made with juniper and seven other botanicals -- and aging the spirit in used bourbon barrels.
  • 3
    3 Howls Good Old Fashioned Gin is produced at the 3 Howls Distillery in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Though not a London Dry, juniper is the central botanical. It is bottled at 90 proof.
  • 2
    Venus Spirits Gin Blend No. 02 is distilled from wheat and flavored with eight botanicals including cardamom, fennel, coriander, and sage. It is rested in American oak barrels for an undisclosed amount of time.
  • 1
    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.