For those who consider themselves connoisseurs of gin, there are countless brands and varieties of this spirit available throughout the world. While many people simply visit their local store to purchase their favorite brand, there are many other options on the market. Gin is a clear or white colored spirit that has been in existence for well over four hundred years and was first used as a medicine before gaining popularity as an alcoholic beverage. Most commonly mixed with tonic water, gin is flavored with a variety of spices, herbs and juniper berries, and many say it has a truly unique flavor. The primary ingredient in gin is either a rye or wheat grain, which makes it both smooth and light in its overall body. Juniper berries are also a main ingredient, which add to the unique aroma and flavor of drinks mixed with the popular spirit.
Varieties of gin
When searching for the best brands of gin, it is important to understand the three available varieties of the spirit. Distilled gin is the most common variety, which means it has been created in a more traditional manner through the re-distillation process with juniper berries. Another variety is compound gin, which has not been re-distilled and is considered a flavored grain spirit. London dry gin is the third variety, which is re-distilled and also contains orange peel, lemon and spices like cinnamon coriander and nutmeg but is free of preservatives and sugar. It is important to decide on the best variety for your palate before choosing a specific brand to purchase.
The top selling brands of gin
One of the fastest growing premium gin brands in the world is Bombay Sapphire Gin. Known for its bright blue glass bottle, Bombay Sapphire contains ten different exotic botanicals like grains of paradise, cassia bark, lemon peel and many others. Bombay Sapphire is distilled in the London Dry variety and contains 47 percent alcohol by volume. It is widely known for its spicy aftertaste.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin, which is distilled in England, uses a 150 year old top secret recipe from the Tanqueray family. Though many of the ingredients in this popular brand’s gin are a closely guarded family and company secret, it is clear that the gin is quadruple distilled using top quality botanical ingredients.
Beefeater gin is another London Dry Gin that is popular throughout the world amongst gin drinkers. In fact, Beefeater is the highest exported gin brand in the world. The bottle of this dry gin features a beefeater, or English soldier on the front. It was originally made by a pharmacist in the early 1800’s focusing on a special blend of grains and botanical ingredients. Coriander, juniper berries and citrus are major ingredients in this brand, which actually won the gold medal in the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2000.
While there are many brands of gin on the market today, spending just a bit more for a high quality spirit is a worthy investment for any gin drinker.