I know, it’s a bit self-indulgent to chat about my personal 2019 Top Gins. Everyone’s all about the gin at the moment – But frankly, I don’t care! The drink I’ve loved for years is suddenly trendy, and that means there’s a whole raft of artisan makers and new flavours for me to try. Bring it on! There have never been so many fabulous gins to choose from – big brand names down to the smaller artisan gins that are popping up all over the place; everyone has upped their game and the choice now is staggering – and perhaps a little bewildering. So I have put together my personal list of 2019 Top Gins to help your Christmas gingle this year.
And if you’re thinking about a last-minute gift, then any one of these bottles will make your gin-loving receiver incredibly happy. You’re very welcome.
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2019 Top Gins – No.3 London Dry Gin, 70 cl
It’s a classic, and top of my 2019 Top Gins for very good reason (and not just that beeyootiful bottle). This one’s my go-too staple. The most refreshing balance of three key flavours: Juniper, Citrus and Spice. The only gin to be awarded World’s Best Gin four times. It took Berry Bros. & Rudd two years to create this masterpiece, working with master distillers, top mixologists, and Dr. David Clutton – the only person in the world to have a PhD in gin. Berry Bros. & Rudd spent months selecting the very best botanicals to create a truly classic London Dry Gin, With just the right amount of coriander, angelica root, cardamom, grapefruit peel, sweet orange peel and – of course – juniper. To meet their exacting standards, the spirit and botanicals are distilled in a unique 100-year-old, brick-encased copper pot still in Holland – the home of gin. With the best ingredients, the know-how of the world’s leading gin experts, and perseverance, No.3 Gin was created. The perfect choice for the most refreshing gin and tonic, or clean, crisp martini. Gin, just as it should be – Top Gin’s to help make your Christmas Gingle.
Bombay Sapphire Star of Bombay Gin, 70 cl
Star of Bombay Gin is slow-distilled during the vapour infusion process, which gives it an extraordinary smoothness. Star of Bombay Gin’s ambrette and bergamot botanicals round off its flavour profile with floral and citrus notes. this fabulous Gin is a higher ABV (47.5%) than normal London Dry Gins, enabling it to express its full potential. This Gin gets its name from the famous 182-carat ‘Star of Bombay’ jewel worn by Hollywood movie royalty.
Top Gins to help make your Christmas Gingle the Bombay Sapphire Star of Bombay Gin, 70 cl is available on Amazon for £24
Top Gins to help make your Christmas Gingle – Craft Gin Tasting Set
Not sure which Gin is the right one for you? Then this fab little set from Drinks by the Dram may just be the thing for you. It would certainly make the ideal gift for the avid Gin lover. This Craft Gin Tasting Set, features five different 3cl drams of gin from some incredibly talented distillers. Definitely amonth 2019 Top Gins just because you get to try a variety of top craft distilled drams to find your own preference. Such a neat idea.
The Craft Gin Tasting Set from Drinks by the Dram is just under £27
Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin, 70 cl
A uniquely characterful gin, full of fresh botanical flavours that stand proud in any mixed drink. The quality of Bathtub Gin is consistently recognised by experts – the liquid has won over 30 industry awards in the last 5 years including: Gold Medal – World Gin Awards 2019. Bathtub Gin is double infused for extra flavour and each bottle is wrapped, strung and wax dipped by hand in Kent. Bold, clean and fresh with notes of juniper, fresh citrus peels, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Best served with plenty of ice, an orange slice and somebody nice!
Whitley Neill Lemongrass & Ginger Gin, 70 cl
My current obsession – Whitley & Neill are known for their rhubarb and ginger version (‘the purple one’), but for me the Lemongrass & Ginger one is where to put my money. A handcrafted gin with distinct citrusy infused essence of lemongrass on the nose. Simple Serve: Add 50ml of Whitley Neill Lemongrass and Ginger Gin to a large balloon glass filled with cubed ice. Top with 100ml premium tonic water, stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint. Botanicals Include; Juniper, Coriander Seed, Cassia Bark, Orris Root, Angelica Root, Liquorice, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Ginger and Lemongrass extract.
2019 Top Gins – G12 Gin by Masons (at Aldi!)
It’s Aldi’s gin – and it’s so so good! The headline fresh and zingy flavours of this exciting hand crafted small batch edition are enhanced through notes of herbs and juniper, while citrus bursts add a sharp aspect. A hint of basil results in a unique long and smooth refreshing finish coming through the gin. The G12 recipe is the perfect balance between dry and sweet gin.
Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17%
If you’ve not met Demijohn yet, you should go intriduce yourself – they’re the first ‘liquid deli’, and all their gins and gin liqueuers come in whatever shaed bottle you schoose, simply plabelled by being handwritten on. They’re not only joyous to look at (my gin shelf looks like an apothecary shop), but the flavours are amazing.
This wonderful Gooseberry Gin Liqueur (my tip top fave) is smooth and fruity; make a long drink with tonic or lemonade, but I love it neat, simply poured over a lot of ice. Gooseberries may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but there is something original about this Gooseberry Gin which makes it positively irresistible.
Available from The Demijohn Co this Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 17% starts at just over £22 for a 370ml bottle
2019 Top Gins to help make your Christmas Gingle – Tanqueray Sevilla Gin 70Cl
A new discovery for me this year – the classic Tanqueray London Gin, but added to the bittersweet Seville Oranges. Fruity & zesty, this taste of the sun-soaked Mediterranean is a uniquely enjoyable yet complex gin. Tanqueray flor de Sevilla – serve with premium tonic water and to garnish squeeze a wedge of fresh orange and place in the glass.
This fab Tanqueray Sevilla Gin 70Cl is currently on offer at Tesco for just £20
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin 50Cl
I’m usually a more citrus gin girl, but the more savoury tones of Gin Mare make it my go-to for a martini with an olive; it’s a Mediterranean Gin distilled from olives, thyme, rosemary and basil. The authentic Mediterranean ”Gin Mare” is made in a custom designed still by blending individual distillations of Arbequina olives, thyme, rosemary, basil, cardamom, coriander and juniper berries gathered from the makers’ own farms and citrus fruits, soaked in advanced for more than a year in special large clay jars.
2019 Top Gins – Plymouth Gin 70Cl
The Original Strength English Gin – you can’t not have a bottle of Plymouth on the 2019 Top Gins. The award-winning gin has been distilled using the same blend of seven exotic botanicals, soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol since 1793. Produced in small batches only three times a week at England’s oldest operating gin distillery, specially crafted by a master distiller to delicately combine orris root with handpicked juniper from a single harvest day in the mountains of Frontignano, Italy.
Enjoy the gin’s smooth, creamy and bold juniper profile in a pink G&T inspired by Italy – with a dash of Italian bitters and a twist of Sicilian lemon.
Bruichladdich The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, 70cl
Created at the Bruichladdich distillery, this superb Islay gin was distilled in the ‘Ugly Betty’; still described as “an oversized upside-down dustbin made of copper” by Tom Morton. Perhaps the best looking packaging we’ve ever seen for a gin – it’s not all style and no substance either. This is a world-class gin, at a proper ABV.
A huge 31 botanicals go into The Botanist, including some native to Islay. The full list of botanicals is as follows: angelica root, apple mint, birch leaves, bog myrtle leaves, cassia bark, chamomile, cinnamon bark, coriander seed, creeping thistle flowers, elder flowers, gorse flowers, heather flowers, hawthorn flowers, juniper berries, lady’s bedstraw flowers, lemon balm, lemon peel, liquorice root, meadow sweet, orange peel, oris root, peppermint leaves, mugwort leaves, red clover flowers, tansy, thyme leaves, water mint leaves, white clover, wood sage leaves.
2019 Top Gins to help make your Christmas Gingle – Warners Honeybee Gin
Released in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society to protect our pollinators, Warner’s Honeybee Gin is crafted with 28 botanicals, including lavender, rose and a dollop of honey from the farm’s own beehives.
For a perfect G&T, serve our Honeybee Gin with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic water, garnish with a slice of lemon or fresh sage leaves, then raise a glass: to craft, to the land, to laughter, and loved ones – 43% ABV.
Warners Honeybee Gin available direct from Warners £36 for a 70cl bottle
And last but not least; my not-a-gin perfect gin choice; you need this in the cupboard for the perfect Martini!
Dolin Chambery Vermouth
A unique white wine aperitif from Savoie in France, made with a blend of local herbs. The perfect ingredient for a Gin Martini.
Dolin Chambery Vermouth available from Waitrose and Partners for just over £10