11 Gins that Shouldn’t be Missing in a Bar
This selection is as diverse as the gin itself. Of course, you all have your favorites and locals, but this collection is a trip around the world that you must have tried. Whether from Belgium, China, Spain or the USA – we present you 11 different gins from 11 different countries. Get inspired – Cheers!
- • Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin (USA)
- • The Botanist Islay Dry Gin (Scotland)
- • Monkey 47 (Germany)
- • Crimson Pangolin (China)
- • Blind Tiger Gin (Belgium)
- • Roku Gin (Japan)
- • ELG Gin (Denmark)
- • Puerto de Indias (Spain)
- • Black Tomato Gin (Netherlands)
- • Cape town rooibos red gin (South Africa, Cape Town)
- • Colombian Aged Gin (Columbia)
Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin – USA
This Gin is carefully distilled at Caledonia Spirits distillery in the United States. Caledonia Spirits was founded on a vision to support working landscapes and local agriculture by making Barr Hill craft spirits from regional raw materials. The Barr Hill Gin uses honey after distillation to a base spirit of corn, distilled with juniper. That’s it, Three simple ingredients. Barr Hill is adored for its raw honey, juniper, floral and slightly sweet flavor notes. The finish of the taste is quite long and stays on the tongue even longer.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin – Scotland
The Botanist is an artisanal Islay gin made by Bruichladdich Distillery. It is one of two gins made on Islay and is distinctive for its addition to the nine customary gin aromatics of a further 22 locally picked wild Islay botanicals. The ingredients are slowly distilled under low pressure, which makes the gin very mild. The taste is also very gentle. Floral and sweet flavors are recognizable, which are very reminiscent of citrus flavors. The gin has an elegant and special taste profile that also appeals to lovers of intensive juniper gins.
Monkey 47 – Germany
The Monkey 47 is a German “Black Forest Dry Gin”, which came on the market in 2010 and is produced in the distillery ‘Black Forest Distillers’. Already in 2011 he was awarded as the best gin worldwide at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). The Monkey 47 Gin tastes of juniper and citrus notes, has fine-floral, lovely and slightly peppery notes and has subtly bitter fruit components. The combination of spice, fruit and herbal aromas makes the Monkey 47 one of the more flavorful gins.
Crimson Pangolin – China
A Chinese craft gin, triple distilled and bottled in the ancient Chinese city of Changsha, Hunan province. Crimson Pangolin lovingly blends a unique combination of local oriental ingredients to produce a smooth yet citrusy and spicy taste. A punchy blend of Hunan spices, warming coriander seeds, Sichuan peppercorn, and fragrant lemon peel from Hainan, all come together to create an aromatic drinking experience. Crimson Pangolin can be found nationwide across China, and in numerous locations in Central and Eastern Europe.
Blind Tiger Gin – Belgium
Blind Tiger is an extremely sessionable easy drinking gin, that’s both appealing and complex and yet not overwhelming to the palate. The Blind Tiger convinces not only by its name, but above all by its truly extraordinary botanicals such as: cubeb pepper, violets, oranges, licorice, celeriac and various herbs. The initial nuances of the gin are characterized by a citrus freshness that changes into a slight peppery heat.
Roku Gin – Japan
The high-quality and aromatic Roku Japanese Craft Gin combines exotic and classic in one gin. The Beam Suntory distillery in Osaka, Japan, launched a very special gin in 2017. Roku stands for the number six in Japanese and describes the core that makes up this extraordinary Roku Japanese Craft Gin and that provide a special exotic note. Coriander and juniper play the main notes in the taste, with a hint of citrus notes.
ELG Gin – Denmark
A simple label, a simple bottle and exactly three botanicals: juniper, coriander and carrots. The juniper stands out with an appropriate aromatic power, behind it is some pepper with citrus fruits. One notices the coriander, the carrot appears as an elusive mineral note, but remains in the background. The taste of the gin is extremely creamy and mild. There is a little noticeable bitterness and notes of lemon, coriander and juniper. The ELG Gin is not very heavy or intensive in taste, therefore it is nice to enjoy it on ice or with any tonic water you prefer.
Puerto de Indias Gin – Spain
The exquisite Puerto de Indias strawberry gin from Spain is a special one because it represents the product category “Flavored Gin”. Most manufacturers rely on citrus fruits or their skins for the production. This is different with the Puerto de Indias strawberry gin from Spain, because it was flavored with fresh, ripe strawberries. Despite the sweet taste, the juniper berries and botanicals are not displaced. So the gin is versatile. Cocktails and long drinks can be mixed with the premium gin and desserts can be refined with it.
Black Tomato Gin – Netherlands
The Black Tomato Gin comes from the Netherlands, the country of gins. As the name suggests, the “Black Tomato Gin” focuses on black tomatoes as botanicals, which are planted and processed by hand. In addition, a few secret botanicals and a few drops of salt water are added during production to promote the special character of the gin. Overall, the aroma in the nose is very subtle and reserved. The aroma is very fruity and the tomato comes into its own. As a gin and tonic, it works with Fever-Tree Mediterranean because it supports the unique taste of the gin.
Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin – South Africa
With a uniquely South African twist, Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin is infused with organic, fermented Rooibos tea to extract the essence of this plant, indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape. The earthy, slightly sweet and nutty aromas of the Rooibos tea, combines harmoniously with spicy Juniper, orange peel and cinnamon flavours. The result is a unique and truly South African Gin, vibrantly red in colour with the distinctive taste of Rooibos. Cape Town Rooibos Red Gin is delicious as a sipping Gin in a tumbler glass, or with fresh orange, a cinnamon stick and Ginger ale, as an alternative to standard Gin and tonics.
Colombian Aged Gin – Columbia
The first Colombian gin is distilled on the basis of sugar cane and is the first of its kind. The distillation is a five-fold column still. In addition, the gin is stored in former rum barrels for at least six months. Of course, the typical juniper must not be missing here in the production: it also contains tangerine lemon and a special tropical fruit from Colombia. The gin is honey colored and has a sweet and spicy smell. A lemony sweetness comes through in the taste, but also the roasted sugar cane and a slight hint of black tea can be tasted – uniquely exciting.
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