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The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2019
The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2019 Day 1


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held the largest gin tasting in the World with 71 gins 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.



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

GinWillis Gin
(Glencoe Distillery, NM) 80° prf

Nose: Black cherry, cherry bark, cherry pie, Juicy Fruit gum, dried fruit, fruit cake, Luxardo liqueur, toasted sugar, marzipan, almonds, nutty, potpourri, hearts of palm, celery salt, curry leaves, butterfly bush, hookah tobacco, powder.
Palate: Black cherry, dried cherry, cherry bark, sweet berry, berries, Juicy Fruit gum, cherry Coke, citrus, toasted sugar, brown sugar, mascarpone, marzipan, amaretto, almond, pistachio, grains, oats, carrot, celery, grassy, lemongrass, pink peppercorns, floral, powder.
Finish: Cherry bliss, spicy black cherry, maraschino cherry, dried cherry, raisins, dried herbs, cinnamon, almond oil, peppery, mineral, grassy, pine, nice neat.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



GinWillis Gin



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

Nose: Very light lemon, faint lime, lime zest, sweet dates, vanilla, cocoa, lavender, rosewater, floral mix, perfume, light Earl Grey tea, eucalyptus, grassy, earthy element, clean.
Palate: Lemon, lime zest, lemon curd, lemon cream, lime souffle, cane sugar, rose, floral, flowers, dried flowers, juniper, light licorice, celery seed, sage, clove, cardamom, spices, creamy, mineral, limestone, pine, gentle, balanced beauty.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, lemon tart, pastry frosting, dried summer flowers, floral, sage, bay leaf, tarragon, cardamom, sweet spice, oily herb, mineral, limestone, very balanced, elegant.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



No. 209 Gin



Still Austin Texas Rye Gin
(Still Austin Whiskey Co., TX) 90° prf
Cask Strength.

Nose: Tangerine, lime peel, mango, peach, banana, banana peel, plantain, melon, Juicy Fruit gum, berry tart, sweet cream, clotted cream, whipped cream, sweet cream butter, creamy vanilla, vanilla, honey, Nutter Butter, burnt toffee, juniper, herbal juniper, herbs, verbena, wormwood, hops, lavender, violets, carnation, floral elements, sandalwood, celery salt, oaky.
Palate: Lime rind, lime zest, lemon peel, citrus, peaches, grape, banana, Juicy Fruit gum, brown sugar, butter, lightly creamy, vanilla, creamy vanilla, herbal, herbal hibiscus, violet, rose, wintermint, anise, grassy, celery salt, cinnamon, clove, peppery, black pepper, grain, limestone, zesty, lively.
Finish: Citrus, rose petals, floral, juniper, vanilla bean, peppermint, herbal, dried flowers, celery seed, oregano, cinnamon, clove, lemon pepper, pepper, peppery, resin, menthol, salt air, mineral, clean, soft, smooth, zesty.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Still Austin Texas Rye Gin



Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
(Corgi Spirits, NJ) 86° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon peel, lemon candy, lime, honeydew, green apples, marmalade, juniper, juniper berries, herbal juniper, pollen, lavender, floral, Earl Grey tea, herbal, fresh herbs, kitchen herbs, anise, cactus, grassy, parsnip, root, celery seed, sage, sweet spices, white peppercorn, old peppercorns, dust, wood, pine.
Palate: Lime, lime zest, lemon, lemon zest, lime soufflé, juniper, piney juniper, violet, herbal, anise, hint of licorice, root, mushroom, tea, Earl Grey tea, leaves, mint, menthol, canella, peppery spice, pink peppercorn, mineral, limestone, sea salt, maritime, resin, pine, silky, soft.
Finish: Lemon/lime, lemon, dried citrus, juniper, piney juniper, mint, peppermint, celery seed, grain, bitter almond, canella, coriander, sweet spice, warm spices, spicy, pink peppercorn, mineral, limestone, wet stone, pine, easy drinker.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin



Valxerit Premium Gin
(Spain) 80° prf

Nose: Lime, lemon verbena, tangerine, lemon shaved ice, lemon balm, juniper, floral juniper, herbal juniper, herb, spearmint, violet, potpourri, perfume, rosemary, cardamom, clove, much white pepper, resin, pine.
Palate: Lemon, lime, citrus, lemon cake, fresh peaches, berry, juniper, herbal juniper, piney juniper, rosemary, violet, blossoms, light floral, anise, mint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, grassy herbs, clove, cardamom.
Finish: Lemon, lemon oil, melon, juniper, soft herbal juniper, herbs, botanical, mint, some eucalyptus, clove, cardamom, peppery, pink peppercorn, chalk, wet stone, smoky, layered,, complex, a summer sipper.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Valxerit Premium Gin



Big Bottom Navy Strength Gin
(Big Bottom Distilling, OR) 114° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, lemon verbena, faint lime zest, lemon balm, bee balm, juniper, celery, licorice, fennel leaves, nutmeg, pine, fresh, clean, crisp.
Palate: Lemon verbena, mint, piney juniper, herbal, tea, bee balm, anise, fennel, black licorice, celery, celery seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, spice, pink peppercorn, peppery, ponderosa pine.
Finish: Lemon peel, violet, corn, raisins, anise, fennel, celery seed, orris root, cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy, black pepper, oak, light menthol, soft, smooth & silky.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Big Bottom Navy Strength Gin



Drawbridge Gin
(Lock 1 Distilling Co., NY) 89° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon peel, lemon zest, citrus, lemon verbena, lemon soap, juniper, floral juniper, herbal juniper, fresh herb, piney juniper, herbal, mint, anise, grassy, dried leaves, rye seed, celery salt, cardamom, clove, spice cake, almond, salty, seawater, maritime, stone.
Palate: Lemon, citrus, citrus zest, lemon custard, candied lemon peel, cucumber, juniper, floral juniper, violets, herbal, licorice, black licorice, menthol, clove, cardamom, coriander, red cinnamon, fireball, spice, begins spicy, pepper, pink peppercorn black peppercorn, rye seed, cotton seed oil, resin, pine, balanced, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, bright citrus, verbena, verbena soap, violet, juniper, juniper herb, celery seed, rye seed, peppery spice, earthy, dusty, chalk. mineral, wet stone, nice finish, spectacular.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Drawbridge Gin



Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin
(Manchester, England, UK) 84° prf

Nose: Lemon, sweet citrus, pomelo peel, candied pomelo, beeswax, floral juniper, spicy juniper, herbal juniper, herbal, celery, cucumber, lemongrass, roses, rosewater, orange blossom, floral, fresh flowers, dried flowers, rosemary, thyme, white pepper, menthol, peat, earth.
Palate: Orange peel, lime zest, fruit gum, sweet potato, rose petals, roses, violets, floral notes, potpourri, dried flowers, grain, cassia bark, cracked juniper berry, herbal juniper, heavy herbal, black tea, grassy, lemongrass, anise, clove, earth, limestone, mineral, creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Juniper, smooth juniper, orange peel, rose, orange flowers, layered floral, very floral, flowers, dried lavender, perfect tea, lemongrass, herbal, mint, menthol, dry herb, clove, cinnamon, coriander, spicy, wet stones, earthy, moss, bark, delightful.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin



Warwick Gin
(Warwick Valley Distillery, NY) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, lemon rind, Lemon verbena, citrus, lime soda, lemon curd, lemon soufflé, tangerine, citrus pastry, date, date bread, bread, wheat, wheat bran cereal, baked sweet potato, mushroom, cucumber, cucumber skin, herbal, spices, piney juniper, juniper bark, musty, forest floor, fresh sawn pine, melted ice water.
Palate: Big lemon, lemon zest, lemon verbena, lemon curd, lemon scone, tangerine, mandarin, Fruity Pebbles, fruit gum, juniper, mint, carrot, mushroom, cucumber, vegetal, anise, dried herbs, floral, tea, tea leaves, coriander leaves, curry leaves, saffron, clove, white pepper, earthy, very lively, fresh, smooth.
Finish: Lemon, great citrus, dried citrus, Anjou pear, floral, juniper, carrot, anise, mint leaves, fresh coriander leaves, grassy herbs, dried herbal, baking spice, vanilla, resin, oily pine, heavy pine, clean, balanced, smooth, really yummy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Warwick Gin



Manifest Gin
(Manifest Distilling, FL) Certified organic. 90° prf

Nose: Herbal juniper, piney juniper, floral juniper, lime peel, mandarin, lemon verbena, apple peel, rose water, lavender, violets, floral elements, peppermint tea, eucalyptus, leaves, sage, sandalwood, cardamom, mild cumin, celery salt, pepper, fresh cut pine, classic.
Palate: Juniper, piney juniper, lemon pith, melon husk, dates, dried cherries, lavender, violet, herbal, rosemary, anise, black licorice, menthol, grassy, grassy herbs, dried leaves, sage, coriander, clove, cinnamon, limestone, musky, bark, pine, pine oil, creamy mouth feel.
Finish: Sweet citrus, citrus peel, lime zest, verbena, piney jupiter, floral, dried violet, eucalyptus, anise, wintermint, menthol, woodsy, cinnamon bark, mild cardamom, sweet spices, brown spices, spicy, big pepper, mineral, limestone, slate, soft, classic.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Manifest Gin



Sourland Mountain Spirits Gin
(Sourland Mountain Spirits, NJ) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, lemon peel, lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit peel, heavy citrus, Sprite, dried berries, violet, rose, myrtle, floral juniper, piney juniper, herbal juniper, botanical, herbal, eucalyptus, cloves, white pepper, leaves, grassy, piney, cedar, wet stone, mineral.
Palate: Lemon peel, citrus peel, lime zest, lemon curd, dried berry, rose blossoms, juniper, juniper berry, spicy juniper, cucumber, anise, celery seed, lemongrass, herbal, menthol, allspice, white pepper, dried flowers, plants, pine, dry pine, smooth, classic.
Finish: Lemon peel, lime zest, citrus peel, dried citrus, lemongrass, juniper, balanced juniper, lavender, floral, grassy, eucalyptus, cinnamon, spice, limestone, mineral, delicate.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Sourland Mountain Spirits Gin



1857 Estate Potato Gin
(Barber’s Farm Distillery, NY) 80° prf

Nose: Lime zest, orange zest, tangerine, candied lemon peel, lemon candy, lemon custard, cherry, orange blossom, orange blossom honey, Juicy Fruit gum, bubble gum, herbal juniper, spearmint, peppermint, menthol.
Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, lime zest, orange peel, citrus, lemon candy, candy apple, ginger, cucumber, floral, herbes de Provence, sweet peppermint, light anise. cinnamon, clove, cardamom, caraway, pink peppercorn, light pepper, earth, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Orange cream, honey, great citrus, dried lemon, violet, dried violets, Earl Grey tea, mint, peppermint, eucalyptus, celery seed, cardamom, spicy, smooth, yummy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



1857 Estate Potato Gin



1220 Origin Gin
(1220 Artisan Spirits, MO) 85.2° prf

Nose: Lime, lemon verbena, lemon drops, tangerine, honeydew melon, vanilla, dried raisins, juniper up front, juniper, herbal juniper, lemon grass, grassy, fresh herbs, herbal, violets, lavender, rose, very floral, flowers, botanical, carrot, cucumber, sage, salt & vinegar chips, oats, wax lips, mineral, tree bark, nigori sake.
Palate: Lemon, lime, lime zest, lemon oil, lychee, light mango, flowers, lemongrass, violet, floral, juniper, spicy juniper, rose water, rose, violets, violet seeds, dried flowers, tea, carrot, cucumber, green leaves, grassy, mint, menthol, celery seed, canella, cumin, lemon pepper, light peppercorn, mizu shochu, sake, creamy, silky, lush, approachable.
Finish: Lime zest, lychee, lemongrass, dried citrus, potpourri, violet, Howard’s violet gum, floral, floral juniper, juniper develops, wintermint, wintergreen, celery seed, canella, pepper fire, pine resin, wet stones, sexy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



1220 Origin Gin



Capital London Dry Gin
(J.J. Pfister Distilling Co. CA) Distilled from rye. 94° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon zest, lemon peel, citrus, cherry, fresh raisins, rose water, rose, floral, dried flowers, floral juniper, piney juniper, herbal juniper, Earl Grey tea, vanilla, grain, hazelnut, Red Hots, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, menthol, pine.
Palate: Lemonade, citrus, banana, papaya, peaches flambé, fruit gum, dried flowers, floral, juniper, herbs, tea, grain, mint, anise, licorice, celery seed, Red Hots cinnamon candy, cloves, cardamom, spicy, pepper, peppery, white pepper, pink peppercorn, earthy, pine, zesty, smooth.
Finish: Lemon soda, lemon curd, melon, juniper, lavender, wheat, anise, clove, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, baking spices, sweet spices, peppery nice heat, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Capital London Dry Gin



Big Bottom The Ninety One Gin
(Big Bottom Distilling, OR) 91° prf

Nose: Spearmint, peppermint, light mint, anise, anise star, Juicy Fruit gum, violet gum, rosewater, soft lavender, floral, light piney juniper, toasted cumin seed, grain, wet grain, raisin bran cereal, spice cake, sandalwood, spice box, clove, Incense, bark, cedar.
Palate: Orange peel, bergamot, mango, pastry, roasted fennel, anise, black licorice, Sambuca, sarsaparilla, grassy, hibiscus, violet, herbs, tea, cinnamon, cinnamon bark, cloves, soaked cumin seeds, fennel seed, peppercorn, black peppercorn, light leaves, earthy, pine.
Finish: Orange, dried citrus, spicy juniper, herbal juniper, herbal, dried roses, anise, licorice, eucalyptus, menthol, fennel seed, cumin seed, almond, mineral, sweet resin, earthy.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Big Bottom The Ninety One Gin



Tempo Renovo Gin
(Vancouver, Canada) 80° prf

Nose: Lime, lemon, lemon peel, tangerine, orange peel & pith, Sprite soda, kewra water, lemon curd, marmalade, sweet berry, fruitcake, vanilla, orange blossom, dried herb, allspice, sweet spices, dry wood, clean.
Palate: Orange peel, lemon peel, lemony, citrus, dried citrus, dried tropical fruit, berry, fruit gum, saltwater taffy, lemon cream, creamy vanilla, floral juniper, anise, hint of fennel, black licorice, subtle herbs, grassy, butterfly bush, pink peppercorn, grains, mineral, pine, silky, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Citrus, lime zest, rose water, sweet cream, vanilla. violet, dried violet, saffron, herbal, anise, black licorice, mint, menthol, butterfly bush, cinnamon, black pepper, grain, mineral, clean, crisp.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Tempo Renovo Gin



Fieldnotes Gin
(La Crosse Distilling, WI) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon rind, sweet lemon, citrus, juniper, piney juniper, herbal juniper, sweet cream, sweet bread, grain, sandalwood, floral, rose, celery, dried herbs, eucalyptus, Earl Grey tea, dill, grass, moss, almond, hops, bark, wood, cedar, oak barrel.
Palate: Citrus, bergamot, lemon curd, lemon pith, lemon thyme, peach ice tea, Earl Grey tea, vegetal, celery seed, juniper, floral juniper, herbal juniper, fresh herbs, mint, licorice, anise, menthol, violet, yarrow, nutmeg, toasted sage, cinnamon bark, spices, pink peppercorn, peppery spices, peppery, pine, fresh.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, cocoa powder, frosting, juniper, sweet juniper, floral hop, dried herbs, mint, eucalyptus, anise, caraway seed, sage, citrus oil, resin, woody.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Fieldnotes Gin



Wild Gin
(Lakeward Spirits, NY) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon pastry, dried cherry, violet, juniper, herbal juniper, piney juniper, grass, herbs, cucumber, celery, Starlight mints, almonds, roasted almonds, rye, wheat, grain, bread, fresh pastry dough, bread dough, cloves, sage, white pepper, volatile organic compounds, musty, a tad smoky, old barrel, pine, open fields.
Palate: Citrus, cracked juniper berry, juniper, fiery juniper, bread, rye, pastry dough, herbs, bitter greens, mint, cloves, burnt sage, nice spice, peppery, salty, mineral, wet stone, peppery, pine, hot toddy, interesting, classic.
Finish: Buttery roll, fruit gum, cinnamon, canella bark, walnut shells, flour, hot juniper, peppery, pink peppercorn, peppery minerals, wet stones, bitter pine, zesty, bold, satisfying, classic.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Wild Gin



Loch & Union American Dry Gin
(Loch & Union Distilling, CA) 94.4° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, light lemon, dried lemon, lime zest, citrus, key lime pie, vanilla, juniper forward, piney juniper, cherry, spearmint, herbal, sandalwood, clove, cucumber, fresh river water, wet stones, pine forest.
Palate: Lemon curd, lemon tart, cherry, chocolate covered raisins, Raisin Bran cereal, creamy, vanilla, floral, herbal, spearmint, celery seed, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, allspice, pepper, lemon pepper, pink peppercorn, menthol, mineral, cigar box, light pine, oak.
Finish: Lemony, lemon-lime soda, Sprite, orange peel, lemon curd, juniper, spearmint, anise, floral, cinnamon, pink peppercorn, mild pepper, resin, earthy, interesting balance, smooth, zesty.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Loch & Union American Dry Gin



Big Bottom London Dry Gin
(Big Bottom Distilling, OR) 91° prf

Nose: Pomelo, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, faint citrus, vanilla, vanilla frosting, lightly floral, fresh herbs, anise seed, coriander, sage, pink peppercorns, dried leaves, light pine.
Palate: Lemon, grapefruit, citrus, lemon peel, pamplemousse liquor, dried berry, vanilla bean, orange blossom, violets, floral, juniper, lemon grass, celery seed, fresh herb, very coriander, coriander seeds, spices, balanced, zesty, viscous, creamy, silky, smooth, hipster.
Finish: Lime, lemon, citrus, grapefruit peel, sweet melon, dried berries, juniper. celery seed, coriander seeds, black licorice, mint, menthol, woodsy, wet stones, clean, creamy, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Big Bottom London Dry Gin



The London No.1 Original Blue Gin
(England, UK) 94° prf

Nose: Lime, citrus, bergamot, citrus peel, lemon peel, juniper, clean juniper, herbal juniper, rosemary, hibiscus, lavender, violets, floral, Earl Grey tea, mint, grassy, pine, crisp, super fresh.
Palate: Citrus, lemon rind, juniper, floral juniper, sweet tea, lavender, violet, dried flowers, herbs, celery seed, burnt cumin, turmeric, spicy, pepper, peppery, balanced, full flavored, creamy, smooth, easy on the palate.
Finish: Citrus, dried citrus, grassy, juniper, violet, dried flowers, herbs, celery seed, sage, burnt cumin, cracked black pepper, peppery, mineral, clean.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



The London No.1 Original Blue Gin



Indian Summer Gin
(Scotland, UK) 92° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon peel, kumquat, orange peel, lemon blossom, dates, grassy, honey, spice cake, almonds, herbal juniper, carrot, cucumber, celery seed, génépy, wood, summer.
Palate: Lemony, dried lemon, lime peel, lime pith, sweet orange, lavender, floral, juniper, herbs, anise, celery seed, bitter sage, lemon spice, clove, peppery spice, peppery, pink peppercorn, black peppercorn, spicy pine, piney juniper, pine needles, fresh, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Dried lemon peel, light orange, citrus, juniper, celery seed, cardamom, bitter arrowroot, brown spices, black pepper, peppery, resin, stone, mineral, balanced, bright, zingy, zesty, an easy drinker.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Indian Summer Gin



BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

Crostwater Gin
(Holy Water Distillery, PA) 80° prf

Nose: Ripe banana, banana peel, banana toffee, ripe plantain, passion fruit, papaya, mango, tropical fruit, blueberry, lemon, watermelon taffy, Juicy Fruit gum, lemon cake, sweet green tea, volet, juniper, herbs, bay leaf, almond, cocoa, raw cocoa beans, pine.
Palate: Refreshing melon, ripe melon, banana peel, banana,, lemon, dried fruit, Juicy Fruit gum, lemon cake, whipped cream, powdered sugar, brown sugar, pastry dough, chocolate, barley, rye, poppy seeds, coffee, cinnamon, rose, flower, verbena, nice, soft, smooth.
Finish: Creamy, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, demerara sugar, cherry, banana, cantaloupe, Juicy Fruit gum, melon rind, lemon balm, juniper, dough, poppy seeds, hint of ash, silky, smooth.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Crostwater Gin



BLOOM London Dry Gin
(G&J Distillers, UK) 80° prf

Nose: Soft lemon, lime, unsweetened lemonade, lemon rind, piney juniper, light floral juniper, floral, coriander, very light clove, olives, talc, chalk, minerals, clean.
Palate: Lemon peel, prickly pear, apples, dried fruit, dried cherry, fruit gum, orange blossom honey, piney juniper, dried roses, floral, grassy, clove, chalky, subtle mineral, wet stone, fresh.
Finish: Lime, prickly pear, fruit punch, honeycomb, subtle rose, juniper, mint, wintermint, spearmint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, fennel, licorice, saffron, bitter clove, white pepper, minerality, mineral, limestone, smooth.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



BLOOM London Dry Gin



Evergreen Gin
(Lakeward Spirits, NY) 86° prf

Nose: Banana bread, spice cake, Raisin Bran cereal, pastry dough, bread, wheat, grain mash, sweet vanilla, orange, juniper, heavily piney juniper, cucumber, herbs, sandalwood, musk, cinnamon, Red Hots, white pepper, mineral oil, liniment oil, clay, smoky, resin, old pine wood, musty wood, oak.
Palate: Strawberry, vanilla, dough, fresh pasta dough, grains, wheat, barley, rye, celery, juniper, violet, dried flowers, Earl Grey tea, black tea, sandalwood, clove, musk, peppery, limestone, tree bark, birch, smoky pine, wood, smooth, savory.
Finish: Fruit develops, rose sorbet, bread, grain, rye, wheat, dough, almond oil, dark tea leaves, menthol, grassy, spice, chalky, mineral, wet stone, resin, smoky, hickory, musty wood, old wood, creamy, smooth, very interesting.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Evergreen Gin



Trillium Gin
(Trail Distilling, OR) 90° prf

Nose: Juniper, piney juniper, lemon cream, banana, buttery, vanilla, corn, cereal, grain, hops, turnip, Earl Grey tea, elderflower, wintermint, herby, dried leaves, sandalwood, cardamom, white peppercorn, white pepper, celery salt, mineral, wet stones, pine.
Palate: Cracked juniper, herbal juniper, lemon, berry, mango, fruity, rose water, violets, very floral, tea, grassy, mint, fresh herbs, clove, baking spices, white pepper, pink peppercorn, peppery, sweet cream, grain, wet stones, faint minerality, tree bark, oak.
Finish: Lemon, lemon pith, citrus, dried citrus, ginger, rose water, lemongrass, grassy herbs, herbal, tea, eucalyptus, menthol, touch of cinnamon, brown spice, dried chili, peppery spice, peppery, minerals, resin, bamboo, cedar, approachable.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Trillium Gin



Loch & Union Barley Gin
(Loch & Union Distilling, Napa Valley, CA) 86° prf

Nose: Lime, rosewater, lavender, orange blossom, honey, banana taffy, almond, cashew, almond bark, cinnamon bark, herbal, fresh herbs, herbal juniper, floral juniper, grain, hops, grassy, salty, mineral, wet stone.
Palate: Tangerine; berry, aged dates, dried berry, creamy banana, candied mandarin, lime peel, honeysuckle nectar, rose, rosewater, floral, botanical, lemongrass, anise, licorice, bitterroot, dried herbs, sandalwood, cocoa powder, coffee, cinnamon, peppercorn, mushroom, dusty, earthy, mineral, wet stone, smooth.
Finish: Citrus, mint, cloves, sweet herbs, sweet spice, peppery spice, spicy, peppery, coffee note, chalk, mineral, wet stone, mellow, silky, bright, beautiful, great gin.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Loch & Union Barley Gin



Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin
(Victoria Distillers, B.C., Canada) 85° prf

Nose: Citrus, citrus peel, lemon peel, orange, bergamot, juniper, floral juniper, floral, flowery, violet, herbal, celery seed, spearmint, grassy, leafy, watercolor, almond bark, light pine.
Palate: Citrus, citrus peel, layered with cane, sugar syrup, honey, juniper, rosewater, violet, iris flowers, balanced florals, dried flowers, herbal, mint, anise, grassy, celery seed, spices, peppery, pine, well balanced, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Violet, fresh violet, dried flowers, floral, iced tea, juniper, cardamom, pink peppercorn, limestone, pine, clean, smooth, surprisingly good.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin



Strike Spirits London Style Gin
(CA/NV) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon candy, spice cake, herbal juniper, herbal, Earl Grey tea, Szechuan peppercorn, very light floral, pine.
Palate: Lime zest, lemon cream, creamy,lemon curd, lemon candy, cinnamon frosting, sweet juniper, touch of anise, rose, floral, spearmint, dried and fresh herbs, sweet spices, spicy, peppery, potato, chalk, mineral water, mineral, wet stone, vodka, well balanced.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, sorbet, soft juniper, dried citrus, dried flowers, floral, anise, light Red Hots, spicy, white peppercorns, vodka-like, nice finish, clean.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Strike Spirits London Style Gin



Five Saints Gin
(Five Saints Distilling, PA) 90° prf

Nose: Marmalade, lemon custard, cherry Starburst, cherry Coke, cotton candy, candy cane, spice cake, root beer, vanilla bean, grain, cashew butter, earthy almond, nutty, licorice, black licorice, black jelly beans, lavender, sweet floral, cucumber peel, anise, peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus.
Palate: Creamy vanilla, burnt caramel, figs, juniper berry, anise, fennel, black licorice, spearmint, peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, rye seeds, peppercorn, tree sap, pine needles, pine.
Finish: Potato, corn, dough, juniper, dried violet, coriander, herbal, mint, wintermint, menthol, anise, eucalyptus, black licorice, spicy licorice, licorice notes, flowers, floral, floral talc, piney green, pine.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Five Saints Gin



Andrew John's Premium Gin
(Southern Champion, TX) Gluten free. 80° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, light honey, popcorn kernels, very light herbal, sandalwood, subtle straw, wet stones, clean, fresh.
Palate: Lemon peel, lime peel, citrus, sweet lychee, creamy, lemon cream, lemon candy, honey candy, sweet juniper, carrot, sweet herbs, candied herbes de provence, herbal, celery seed, white peppercorn, a little spicy, grassy, menthol, grain, rice, mirin.
Finish: Lemon, lemon peel and pith, citrus, dried citrus peel, honey, violet gum, slight floral, sage, anise, carrot, lingering herbs, spicy, wet stone, silky, creamy, nice, long lasting sweetness, delicious.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Andrew John's Premium Gin



Gray Whale Gin
(Golden State Distillery, CA) 86° prf

Nose: Lemon curd, lemon cream, lime soufflé, cake frosting, faint lavender, floral, green squash, grassy, leafy, fresh water, clean, fresh.
Palate: Lime, citrus, pastry, juniper, herbal juniper, herb, floral, grass, lemongrass, peppermint, menthol, cardamom, sweet spice, peppery, grain texture, chalk, mineral, limestone, wet stone, rich.
Finish: Grapefruit, berries, dried fruit, Juicy Fruit gum, juniper, floral, dried flowers, grassy, smooth herbs, allspice, spicy, white pepper, peppercorn, resin, mineral, limestone, wet stone.


Bronze Medal
Bronze medal



Gray Whale Gin

 

 


 

Best Barreled Gin

Best Barreled Gin

 

 

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