If it’s summer, it’s gin and tonic time.
Two bottles achieved a “Gold Outstanding” ranking, setting the industry standard for excellence. Three other distilleries took home a “Gold.”
While prices may vary depending on location, these gins — ranging from $US12 to $US91 —
won’t hurt your checkbook.
Here are the winners (and the judges’ colourful descriptions):
Adnams Copper House Distilled Gin
“A creamy, sweetly-spiced satisfying gin that is inviting and engaging. It’s ample, bold and complex with well-balanced notes of cardamom, nutmeg and bark. A beautifully crafted example.”
No. 3 London Dry Gin
“Ripe and youthful, this is a juicy expression of juniper with florality. The gin develops beautifully from the nose as it transitions to a complex palate and a long finish.”
Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve
“An aromatic, balanced and complex gin is complemented by judicious notes of oak, bringing sweet vanilla overtones. Extremely well-integrated with lovely attractive aromatics parading on the finish.”
Gibson’s London Dry Gin
“Extremely well-balanced, complex and impressively full at this strength. Juicy citrus, luscious texture and a ripe style combine in a gin that punches above its weight.”
Master of Malt Bathtub Gin
“Delicate aromas of juniper and spice, with a touch of glycerine sweetness, lead the way to a classy palate, with an impressively gentle delivery for its strength, and a lingering finish that only emphasis the underlying quality of the base spirit.”
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