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The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2019


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held the largest gin tasting in the World with 71 gins (classic, London Dry, contemporary, navy-strength, barrel aged) and fourteen members of its spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature. The judges "blind" tasted through ten flights of 7 gins, plus 1. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

No. 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin
(Distillery No. 209, CA) 92° prf

Nose: Light lime, lemon curd, orange cream, creamy, sweet apple pie, cotton candy, molasses, vanilla cake, vanilla, juniper, dried rose petals, touch of cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, spices, hay, woody, oak.
Palate: Lime sherbet, yuzu, orange cream soda, lime curd, caramel, Coca Cola, vanilla, horchata, honey, ginger ale, juniper,slight dill, mint sandalwood, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, light peppercorn, woody, oak, port, nicely balanced, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Lime rind, citrus frosting, citrus blossoms, vanilla, ginger, ginger ale, cinnamon, clove, sweet spice, pine, barrel, springtime, awesome.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



No. 209 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve Gin



Manifest Barreled Gin
(Manifest Distilling, FL) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, orange, citrus, lemon tea, light lemon balm, lemon curd, honey, caramel, juniper berries, juniper, orange blossom, honey, herbal, Earl Grey tea, mint, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, light coriander, rosewood, oak, old oak.
Palate: Orange, orange peel, lemon tea, lemon Madeline’s, summer cookie, caramel, honey, bready, grain, rye, almond, sweet floral, Earl Grey tea, sweet mint, spicy carnations, juniper, herbal, anise, sandalwood, incense, clove, cinnamon, curry, cumin, cardamom, spicy, black pepper.
Finish: Dried fruit, sweet carrot, vanilla, anise, onion seed, sandalwood, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, spicy, smoky, cedar, balanced.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Manifest Barreled Gin



Big Bottom Barrel Finished Gin
(Big Bottom Distilling, OR) 91° prf

Nose: Light lime, sour apples, dried orange peel, banana, candied cherries, Juicy Fruit gum, vanilla, creamy, caramel, honey, heather, rose potpourri, Big Red gum Red Hots candy, cinnamon, misty dew, smooth.
Palate: Mango, sweet peaches, bananas, Amarena cherries, vanilla, creamy, caramel, almond, hazelnut, nutty, cashew, ginger, juniper, herbs, mint, grassy, anise, licorice, cinnamon, nice spice, spicy, smoke, piney, oak, dark wood, balanced, smooth, flavorful.
Finish: Ginger, star anise, banana, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, clover honey, floral, nutty, mint, Red Hots candy, cinnamon, clove, allspice, cumin seed, spice, woody, oak, bourbon like, dram, gentle, great finish.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Big Bottom Barrel Finished Gin



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Lafite French Traders Barreled Gin
(Cooperstown Distillery, NY) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon marmalade, orange, citrus notes, blossom honey, brown sugar, caramel, sweet corn, vanilla, chocolate cake, almonds, cinnamon, spice cake, woody, oak.
Palate: Lemon, light citrus, corn, caramel, stroop, creamy, vanilla, honey, blossom honey, ginger, sweet ginger, ginger ale, herbal, mild caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, Big Red gum, spicy, smoke, oak, pine, woody, bourbon barrels, drinks like a bourbon, scotch-like, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, creamy, vanilla, toasted fennel, mild caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, spices, pepper, white pepper, coffee grinds, earthy, cedar, pine, oak, woody, very balanced, smooth, great finish.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Lafite French Traders Barreled Gin



Petoskey Stone Barreled Gin
(High Five Spirits, CO) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon marmalade, vanilla, molasses, coconut oil, lanolin, hearts of palm, sandalwood, saffron, dry herb, spice, pepper, leather, spearmint, pine cones, Christmas tree, pine boards, pine, fresh sawn pine, cedar, oaky.
Palate: Lemon, dried fruit, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, honey, sweet coconut oil, pine nuts, sandalwood, mint, rosemary, saffron, pink peppercorn, peppery, straw, hay, peaty, smoky, woody, fresh pine, oak, fresh cut lumber, bourbon barrel, whiskey-like, nicely balanced, smooth.
Finish: Lemon, dried citrus, brown sugar, sweet coconut oil, sandalwood, rosemary, mint, menthol, lumber, wood grain, bourbon barrel, nice finish, delicious, perfect, awesome.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Petoskey Stone Barreled Gin



Solar Spirits Barrel Finished
(Solar Spirits, WA) 86° prf

Nose: Orange, citrus, apricot, pear, apple, Granny Smith apple, dried apple, dried fruits, Moroccan preserved lemons, juniper, ginger, vanilla, caramel, honey, floral, fresh sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, leather, pine needles, bark, cedar.
Palate: Lemon verbena, pear, pineapple, coconut, orange marmalade, spiced apple, ginger, star anise, Big Red gum, cinnamon, grassy herbs, sandalwood, lemon spice, caraway, clove, cardamom, spice, peppery spice, pine, oak, smooth.
Finish: Lemon curd, rose hips, ginger, juniper, herb, sandalwood, Big Red gum, cinnamon stick, cinnamon, caraway, clove, spice, peppery, cedar planks, nice, wow.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Solar Spirits Barrel Finished Gin



Swallowtail Single-Barreled Gin
Cask Strength

(Swallowtail Spirits, OR) 118° prf

Nose: Verbena, citrus, orange peel, orange oil, lemon bitters, lemon balm, tangerine perfume, honey, molasses, ginger, violet, mirepoix, nutty, sandalwood, eucalyptus, mint, clove, Earl Grey tea, pine sap, woody, cedar, bourbon-like.
Palate: Orange peel, citrus zest, lemon bar, cherry, honey, genever, almond, dried flowers, sandalwood, herbal, eucalyptus, mint, caraway seed, cardamom, cinnamon, spicy, pepper, peppery, limestone, smoke, peaty, forest, pine sap, pine bark, cedar, woody, oaky, smooth.
Finish: Tangerine, mandarin zest, lemon balm, sweet raisin, honey, ginger, dried herbs, eucalyptus, caraway seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, wood, balanced, nice finish, interesting.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Swallowtail Single-Barreled Gin



Boot Hill Distillery Barreled Gin
(Boot Hill Distillery, KS) 93.9° prf

Nose: Lemon, bergamot, green apple, apple Jolly Rancher, dried stone fruit, raisins, vanilla, cream cheese cake, buttery, butterscotch, coconut, Coco Lopez, marzipan, almonds, herbal, herbal juniper, chartreuse, rye, cereal, wood, pine, oak.
Palate: Orange, orange peel, lime, sweet citrus, green apples, mixed dried fruit, honey, vanilla, butter, cereal, nutmeg, slightly spicy, pepper, peppery note, white pepper, smoke, mild oak, cedar, perfect wood notes, chartreuse, bourbon–like.
Finish: Lime, orange zest, ripe plantain, sweet plantain, dried juniper berries, root beer, soda pop, creamy, caramel, butter, vanilla spice cake, nutmeg, cardamom, oak, balanced, clean, nice finish, great.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Boot Hill Distillery Barreled Gin



1220 Barrel Reserve Gin
(1220 Artisan Spirits, MO) Distilled from grapes. 94° prf

Nose: Lime peel, lime zest, preserved lemons, tangerine, sour apples, citrus, passion fruit, dried fruit, honey, caramel, vanilla, cookies, almond, juniper, herbs, celery seed, grassy, minty, peppermint, cinnamon, pine tree.
Palate: Lemon, lime peel, lemon peel, lime soufflé, lemon butter, orange peel, orange marmalade, pineapple, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, pastry crust, piney juniper, potpourri, perfume, tea, celery seed, cardamom, spice, umami, menthol, pine forest, pine, oak.
Finish: Orange zest, lime tart, lemon candy, honey, creamy, apple, tea, mint, celery seed, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, white pepper, woody, oak.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



1220 Barrel Reserve Gin



No. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin
(Distillery No. 209, CA) 92° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, white grapes, watermelon, orange, orange cream soda, toasted coconut, vanilla, bread, biscuit, toasted almond, walnuts, mirepoix, juniper, flowers, mint, soft cinnamon, spice cake, hint of bark, spirit forward, bourbon.
Palate: Lemon, raw lemon, lime, citrus, citrus peel, dried citrus, lemon verbena, bergamot, orange peel, toasted coconut, almond, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, caramel, juniper, herbal, anise, fennel, mint, lemongrass, cinnamon, clove, wood, oak, charred oak, sauvignon blanc, balanced.
Finish: Lemon peel, lime rind, orange peel, bergamot, woody juniper, vanilla, creamy, caramel, toasted coconut, almond, walnuts, fennel, mint, clove, cinnamon, spice cake, earthy, sweet wine, interesting, great for cocktails.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



No. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin



Gunner Ghost Reserve Barrel-Rested
Contemporary Gin

(Bent Brewstillery, MN) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, dried lime, pineapple, kiwi, dates, raisin, agave, honey, honeycomb, dark sugar, maple, caramel, buttery, olive oil, lemon flower, spice cake, spice, cloves, bark, resin, pine needles, pine, oak, sweet oak, bourbon.
Palate: Lemon, orange peel, dried lime, dried zest, kiwi, pineapple, butter, chocolate, honey, juniper herb, rose, tea, eucalyptus, incense, sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, sweet spice, spicy, salty, pepper, peppery, limestone, dust, very woody, pine, cedar, oak.
Finish: Citrus, dried lime, sweet candy, vanilla, honeycomb, juniper, Moroccan mint tea, lemongrass, coriander, cardamom, light clove, spice cake, sandalwood, incense, spiritual shop, limestone, bourbon-like, really balanced, soft, very good finish, wow.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Gunner Ghost Reserve Barrel-Rested Contemporary Gin



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

No. 209 Chardonnay Barrel Reserve Gin
(Distillery No. 209, CA) 92° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon verbena, tangerine, light sugarcane, honey, light vanilla, delicate flowers, piney juniper, spice cake, white birch wood, oak, springtime.
Palate: Orange peel, dried fruit, sweet white rice, vanilla, raw honey, orange blossom honey, violet, lily, floral undertones, herbal, tea, anise, star anise, black licorice, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, spicy, woody, pine, Bermuda Gold liqueur, nice sweetness, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, floral, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, pepper spice, pepper, old leather, oak, cedar, smooth, really beautiful.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



No. 209 Chardonnay Barrel Reserve Gin



St. Augustine Distillery Barrel Finished Gin
(St. Augustine Distillery, FL) 100° prf

Nose: Lemon rind, far off lemon, orange, dried citrus, dried fruit, orange blossom, vanilla, caramel, honey, grain, almonds, silky licorice, mossy, grassy, leafy, clove, spice, light baking spices, Ras-al-Harout, mineralty, musty, brine, resin, bark, pine, cedar, amontillado sherry, scotch-like.
Palate: Lemon, Moroccan preserved lemons, orange peel, tangy, dried citrus, juniper, honey, potpourri, grain, almonds, herb, heavy lemongrass, cinnamon, spicy, hot pepper, saline, musty, smoke, resin, pine needles, pine, cedar, old oak.
Finish: Moroccan preserved lemons, dried lime skin, lemongrass, mint, almonds, light cinnamon, hot spice, pepper, smoky, old oak, pine sap, pine tree, would be amazing in a gin & tonic.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



St. Augustine Distillery Barrel Finished Gin

 

 


 

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