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Gin Descriptions

Beefeater Gin

Spicy (juniper and coriander) and fruity aromas. A round, full bouquet. Very dry with complex flavors, first of minerals and then juniper berry. Medium long finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating. Good on the rocks or in martinis.

Beefeater 24 Gin

London Dry Style Gin imported from England. Made with 12 botanicals including rare Japanese Sencha and Chinese green teas, paired with hand-prepared grapefruit and Seville orange peel and steeped for 24 hours. Softer mouth feel, flavors of citrus and tea, smooth. Double Gold winner at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and called 'Extraordinary' at the 2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Mix with tonic or mix 2 parts Beefeater 24 Gin with 4 parts chilled English Breakfast Tea, 1 part simple syrup (sugar and water) and garnish with a lemon twist for a 'Gin & Tea.'

Sipsmith Sloe Gin

Sloe gin imported from London, England. Beginning with their award-winning London Dry gin, then adding hand-picked wild harvested sloe berries from the English country side. The long, unadulterated maceration with real fruit draws out the dark cherry notes and the balancing tones of earth and marzipan in the berries, allowing for 60% less sugar to be used. Flavors of dark Morello cherry and cassis. Use in the ultimate 'Sloe Gin Fizz.'

Bombay Dry English Gin

Dry style gin imported from England. Blended with eight botanicals using a recipe that dates back to 1761. Bombay uses a unique distillation process which infuses the aromas and essences of the botanicals with the vapor of the spirit (rather than cooking them together as most gins do). Clean bouquet of coriander, juniper and citrus. Spicy flavors of vanilla and juniper. Creamy texture. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it *** (recommended) rating. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it a 92 point rating.

Bombay Sapphire East

mported English gin made in the 'London Dry' style (not sweet). While Bombay Sapphire has ten botanicals, Bombay Sapphire East adds an extra two - Thai Lemongrass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorn - adding a decidedly Asian flavor. These new flavors increase the brand's versatility and ability to be added to a variety of mixers from savory to sweet. Specifically designed to mix with tonic for a traditional gin & tonic 'Reimagined.'

Bombay Sapphire Gin

Imported English gin made in the 'London Dry' style (not sweet). Made with ten natural botanicals (the most of any gin) that include grains of paradise, almonds, lemon peel, licorice, juniper berries, cubeb berries, orris, coriander, angelica, cassia bark, and 100% grain neutral spirits. Packaged in a sapphire blue bottle (the gin itself is not blue). Medium to full-bodied with lots of pungent flavors. Fresh and clean with an elegant finish. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a **** (highly recommended) rating. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it 94 points.

Boodles British Gin

London Dry style (not sweet) gin imported from England. Like many imported gins, it has a higher alcohol content (90.4) than most domestic gins. Aromas of juniper and coriander. Clean, crisp, slightly acidic flavor. Smooth, satiny finish. Good mixed with tonic. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Darnley's View Gin

Small batch London Dry Style gin imported from the British Isles. In 1565, Mary Queen of Scots first spied her future husband, Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle in Scotland. Made in the time honored way by redistilling the botanicals with a four times distilled neutral grain spirit in a traditional pot still. It's main botanicals are: juniper, coriander seeds, lemon peel, angelica root (adds woodsy notes), orris root (add fragrant notes and earthy flavors) and elderflower, the elderflower being the signature flavor in Darnley's View. Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014 and Spirits Masters 2011. A great martini gin.

Hendrick's Gin

Imported gin distilled and bottled in Scotland. Handcrafted in small batches. Instilled with juniper, coriander, citrus peel, rose petal and cucumber. In a taste test published by The Wall Street Journal, tasters rated it number one and the Most Flavorful superpremium gin.

Pinnacle Gin

Imported London Dry style gin infused with exotic botanicals and water from one of Wales' purest springs. Clear. Aromas of baby oil, lemon-lime mousse, and floral juniper. A bright, buoyant entry leads to a dryish medium body of citrus marmalade, white toffee, and honeyed juniper berry flavors. Finishes with a creamy, mineral accented fade. Mix 1 oz Pinnacle Gin with 1 oz dry vermouth, 1/4 tsp triple sec, 1 dash orange bitters. Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass and top with a cherry for a Martinez Cocktail.

Plymouth Gin

Gin imported from England. Plymouth Gin has been produced since 1793 in England's oldest continuously operating distillery. Made with seven botanicals, including a higher proportion of sweeter root botanicals, giving it a sweeter flavor and finish. In 1896, Plymouth was specified in the first printed recipe for a dry martini. And, supposedly, the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in England at the Plymouth distillery in 1620 and, it was from there that they made the short walk to the harbor to set sail on the Mayflower. This is a classic martini gin.

Sipsmith Gin

Small-batch London dry style gin imported from England. A superb English wheat spirit acts as a sublime canvas. Never made from a concentrate. Distilled in copper pot stills, making the spirit incredibly smooth. Only the heart of the distillation is used, keeping the best quality spirits. Ten classic botanicals are macerated over night to deliver a quintessential expression of the London Dry style. Use in your favorite gin cocktail such as a classic gin martini.

Tanqueray Gin

Delicate, citrusy nose with just a hint of spice and juniper berries. Creamy, yet clean, extra dry palate. Full, dry, very extended finish, The #1 premium imported gin in America. Kindred Spirits gives it a ***** rating or Highest Recommendation.

Tanqueray No. Ten

Super premium gin imported from England. Small batch distilled using whole-fruit fresh botanicals. Zesty and spirity. Aromas of lemon and orange peel with a hint of juniper. Aggressive, sparkling taste. Medium long finish with an aftertaste of orange peel. The 'Spirit Journal' says 'this is not your grandmother's Tanqueray, but a vibrant, frisky, contemporary variation on the classic Special Dry' and gives it a ***** rating, its Highest Recommendation.

Tanqueray Rangpur Gin

Lime flavored gin imported from England. A new style of gin distilled with rare Rangpur limes for a subtle lime taste. The Rangpur lime, only found in India, resembles an orange or tangerine but tastes like zesty lime. Mix with cranberry juice for a 'Rangpur Cran' or with ginger ale and a few drops of bitters for a 'Rangpur Ginger.'

The Botonist Gin

Artisanal dry gin imported from the Bruichladdich Distillery (known for its fine Scotch whiskey) on the island of Islay, Scotland. Nine classic gin botanicals are enhanced by 22 local herbs and flowers found on the island and blended with Islay spring water. Distilled in a traditional copper pot still they call 'Ugly Betty.' Aromas of delicate menthol, apple mint, juniper, and coriander with aniseed undertones. Fresh citrus flavors. This is a classic martini gin. Or, for something different, muddle sprigs of fresh lemon thyme, sage and mint in a large glass filled with ice, add 50ml of The Botanist Gin and top with 200ml of Fevertree Tonic for 'The Backyard Herb Garden.'

Barr Hill Gin

Gin hand-crafted in Hardwick, Vermont using pure grain spirits as a canvas to showcase juniper berry and raw northern honey. Added just before bottling, the raw honey imparts unique floral qualities that vary with season and blossom. Enjoy with ice, or in your favorite gin cocktail. Or, muddle 6 mint leaves, 1 tsp. of sugar, 2 slices of peeled cucumber, and 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice in a shaker, add ice and 2 oz. Barr Hill Gin, stir until frosty (about 10 seconds), strain into a highball glass, top with 1 � oz. club soda and garnish with a slice of cucumber and a sprig of dill for a 'Caledonia Cooler.'

Bar Hill Reserve Tom Cat Gin

Barrel aged gin made in Vermont by Caledonia Spirits. This is their famous Barr Hill Gin that has been aged for 90 days in lightly charred American oak barrels. The label can't say it is a gin because natural honey is added after the distillation, and therefore the federal government considers this a 'specialty item.' But, this is their highly-rated Barr Hill Gin, complete with all the same botanicals used in their original formula, taken to a new level by barrel aging it. Barr Hill does all of their own distillation on the premises and uses all local ingredients, whenever possible. This is a true 'farm to table' product. Visit their distillery in Hardwick.

Burnett's Gin

Domestic gin made in the London Dry (not sweet) style. Fruity aromas and flavors. Also, flavors of herbs and a mild metallic quality. Good for mixing.

Coppers Gin

Gin hand crafted by Vermont Spirits Company of Quechee, Vermont. Made with wild juniper berries hand-picked in Northern Vermont, using small batch production techniques. The coriander and angelica root build on this base, with cassia, orange peel and cardamom rounding out the body to form a unique American-style gin. All the botanicals are sourced locally, whenever possible. Mix 2 � oz. of Coppers Gin with � oz. fresh lime juice and � oz. simple syrup and serve over ice or straight up for a 'Coppers Gimlet.' (Visit the distillery in Quechee, VT.)

Crown Russe Gin

London Dry Gin bottled in the USA by the Crown Russe Co. of New Orleans, LA. Distilled from grain. Mix with your favorite soda or juice.

Fleischmann's Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is light on the botanicals (juniper berry), but heavy on licorice essence. Good for mixing.

Gilbey's Gin

London 'Dry Style' (not sweet) gin made in the U.S. Made from 100% grain neutral spirits. Spicey, zesty nose. Some berry flavors, also minerals, herbs, and spices. Creamy texture. Dry, minerally finish. Good for mixing. 'Wine Enthusiast' gives it 88 points.

Gordon's London Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is the number one selling gin in the world. Made with 100% natural ingredients and real botanicals (juniper,etc.). Aromas of spice and peppermint. Flavors of mint, fruit and licorice. It is distilled in 18th century copper pot stills just as it was in 1769 when it was created. A gold medal winner at the 1995 Monde selection awards.

Karner Blue Gin

New England Dry Gin (not to be confused with London Dry style) distilled and bottled at Flag Hill Distillery in Lee, New Hampshire. Named for the state's butterfly pictured on the bottle. Wine Enthusiast says, 'This brisk, citrusy gin is made for classic cocktails. Bold lemon and grapefruit notes meld with a light floral note and just enough juniper to hold it all together. Amid the bright citrus bouquet, you might detect another, more elusive fruity scent. Surprise! This gin is distilled from apples.' They give it a 93 point rating.

New Amsterdam Gin

Domestic gin distributed by E&J Gallo. New Amsterdam was the 17th Century Dutch colonial town that later became New York City. Crisp citrus flavor and subtle hints of juniper berries. Soft and smooth. Great with mixers or straight-up in martinis. Gold Medal winner two years in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Beverage Testing Institute gives it an 89 pt. (Highly Recommended rating) and considers it a 'Best Buy.'

Prairie Organic Gin

Handcrafted gin from the prairies of Minnesota. A full and pleasant herbal blend with a very light juniper background. Bottled in accordance with strict organic standards. A Gold Medal Winner at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Powerful herbal nose bursting with mint, eucalyptus, and sage, followed by a hint of juniper. On the palate, ripe cherry and exotic spices develop into a dry, refreshing mouth feel, finishing with resounding herbal flavors. Mix with tonic and garnish with a fresh lime wheel for a classic Gin &Tonic or use in your favorite gin-based cocktail.

Seagram's Extra Dry Gin

Domestic gin that is the #1 selling gin in America. Made with 100% grain neutral spirits and botanicals, then aged in oak casks. Fruity aroma with distinct elements of orange peel and cinnamon that carry over into the flavor. Very dry finish with a hint of spice. 'Kindred Spirits' gives it a *** (recommended) rating.

Smugglers' Notch Hopped Gin

Gin made with hops (an ingredient used in beer) distilled by Smugglers' Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, Vermont. Adding hops to gin is not new -the Dutch combined hops with juniper to make their gin as far back as the early 1800's. Depending on the type of hops added, they can add fruity, earthy or floral flavors to the gin. Smugglers' Notch Hopped Gin is made in small batches from organic juniper berries and U.S. grown hops. This unique and tasty gin offers rich hop aromas, a light and delicate citrus body and a gentle juniper overtones. Excellent in a gin & tonic. If you can find real tonic elixir and some hopped grapefruit bitters, mix a mixologist's version of a 'Gin & Tonic.'

Smugglers' Notch Gin

Gin produced by Smugglers' Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, VT. Uses the award-winning Smuggler's Notch Vodka as a base, saving only the heart of the distillation run. Hand-crafted in small batches using organic juniper berries, select botanicals and Vermont spring water. Owners Jeremy and Ron Elliott picked the final recipe for their gin using feedback from their customers, calling it Blend No. 802 (the area code for Vermont). Use in your favorite gin drink such as a martini or mixed with tonic for a refreshing summer (or year round) drink.

Stonecutter Single Barrel Gin

Produced by Stonecutter Distillers of Middlebury, Vermont. The distillers source as many of the ingredients as possible locally. Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin is a smooth spirit aged for 4-6 months in full-size former bourbon barrels. Notes of cardamom, orange peel, and juniper mingle with the flavors of the barrel--hints of vanilla, caramel and oak--and it finishes with green tea and a touch of rose petals. Stonecutter Spirits Single Barrel Gin walks the line between a gin and whiskey; enjoy with a cube of ice or in your favorite spirit-forward ocktail. Visit the distillery in Middlebury.

Seagram's Lime Twisted Gin

Premium extra dry gin with natural lime flavor from the company that produces America's #1 selling gin. Aroma and flavors of just-picked limes and lime is the primary fruit added to gin drinks i.e. Gin and Tonic.

Green Mountain Organic Gin

Handcrafted, small batch gin produced in Stowe, Vermont using only certified organic ingredients and botanicals. Organic Gin, produced in small fifty case batches, is a subtle, complex spirit, with a unique, smooth, invigorating, slightly citrus flavor. Unlike mass produced gin's whose flavors can have overpowering juniper and unrestrained alcohol flavors, Green Mountain Organic Gin is smooth and well balanced with a rich mouth feel. Green Mountain Organic Gin is produced, bottled, labeled and numbered by hand, using our six times distilled spirit and the finest all natural botanicals.

Barr Hill Gin



Gin handcrafted by 8th generation Vermonters in Windsor, Vermont. SILO Gin is distilled from 100% Vermont corn and a family recipe of juniper berries and local apples. This gin is elegant and balanced, holding true to the tradition of gin, and yet, surprisingly welcoming to new palates.(Visit their distillery just outside the historic village of Windsor).

Barr Hill Gin


SILO Reserve Gin

Aged gin made in Vermont by SILO Distillers of Windsor, Vermont. SILO Reserve Gin is a unique marriage of two great spirits - SILO Gin (distilled in Windsor) and then stored in SILO's empty Bourbon barrels, getting a quick kiss of flavor and color. The natural sweet-and-smoky character of the barrels brings out the local apples from the gin, and yet never loses the playful juniper berries. Mix 1 oz. SILO Reserve Gin with 1 oz. Campari and 1 oz. dry vermouth in a rocks glass garnished with an orange peel for a 'Dry Negroni.'

Sedition Gin

Clear and bright with a Juniper and earthy aroma. Coriander and Angelica added for balance leading to a medium body with a clean mellow finish.

Snowdrop Gin

This vacuum distilled American Dry Gin has 18 botanic ingredients that creates a smooth sipping/mixing spirits with a subtle, beautiful medley of flavor. Only a few distilleries in the world have attempted this process of distilling. The Saxtons River Distillery team believes we have created one the of the best gins in the world.


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Some of the above descriptions are based on information in the following sources:

  • Kindred Spirits by F. Paul Pacult. Hyperion, New York, New York, 1997.
  • Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson. Dorling Kindersky Limited, London and Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989-91.