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What are some high-end brands of gin worth drinking?
There are many sooooo many gins out there today that are worth trying, here are 3 of a very subjective list that come to mind and contrast very differently in style and taste.
Tasting a wide range of the same thing is the best way of finding out what your taste preferences are, suck it and see is my advice.
Elephant Dry Gin’s story originates in Africa, but it is distilled in Germany using 14 unusual but fascinating botanicals, African ingredients such as baobab, the buchu plant, devil's claw and African wormwood. With the hand-crafted bottle, cork stopper and map on the label, Elephant Dry Gin captures the spirit of exploration.
Side note: you know baby oil isn't actually made out of babies, well Elephant Dry Gin isn't made out of elephants. 15% of Elephant Gin's profits go to two African elephant foundations (Big Life and Space for Elephants) supporting rangers who run education projects and protect against poachers in local communities.
Broker's Gin is a classic London dry made in a 200-year-old distillery in Birmingham using a traditional copper pot-still. The recipe is as old as the distillery. A quadruple-distilled pure grain spirit made from English wheat is redistilled with ten traditional botanicals, to make a gin of exceptional smoothness and flavour.
This gin is as different from Elephant gin as it is possible to be and doesn’t follow the modern trend of using strange and unusual spirits and botanicals. There are no eccentric ingredients in Broker’s Gin. They believe their forefathers did a peerless task when perfecting gin recipes over centuries, tradition is the key here.
Broker’s Gin has won more top awards in international competitions over the last ten years than any other gin.
G’Vine Floraison Gin
Gin done the French way. Produced in the Cognac region, G'Vine is an intimation as to what this unique gin contains. This is made using distilled Ugni Blanc grape spirit as an alternative to the usual grain, which is then infused with the rare vine flower’s berry, whose phase lasts for just a few days before maturing into a grape berry and is immediately hand-picked to preserve its fragrance. The flower is then macerated in the grape spirit over a few days to acquire the best floral essence before distillation in a small Florentine pot still. Vine Flower is strong on the taste but it also has some more standard botanicals, including ginger root, liquorice, cardamom, cassia bark, coriander, cubeb berries, nutmeg, lime and even a touch of juniper.