Saturday is World Gin Day, and just as we did for its Whisky equivalent, we’re celebrating by listing the world’s best gins in 2017. Hey, any excuse for a weekend tipple, right?
So see below for the full list as voted in this year’s World Gin Awards. More of a whisky supper? Check out our list of best whiskies here.
Herno Old Tom
This year it was a Swedish gin claiming the title of world’s best, with Herno’s Old Tom Gin praised for its “Succulent rich and smooth texture” and “Delicate and finely balanced with a long finish."
The handcrafted organic gin is winning awards all over the continent, with 50+ awards making it the most-decorated European gin in the last four years.
Bullards Norwich Dry Gin
The winner in the “Best London Dry” category doesn’t actually come from London, but further north in Norfolk. Described as a “gentle floral note, with some dry citrus peel” it has a characterful peppery spice.
The award marks a swift upturn in success for Bullards distillery, which started as a brewery in the 19th century, closed in 1985, then was revived in 2015 to produce this award-winning gin.
Penninger Granit Bavarian Gin
In come the Germans with their Bavarian Gin, a winner of this year’s “Best Traditional Style”, with its old-school Bavarian methods of distilling and filtering through granite giving it a light, spiced and herbal notes with a dry finish.
Winning in the “Best Cask” category, Canada’s Black Fox shows its cask credentials with a wonderful mahogany colour, and boasts juniper freshness and hints of gingerbread.
Based in Saskatoon in Western Canada, the gin is the brainchild of farmers John and Barb Cote, where they grow the ingredients on their small plot, with the juniper berries locally grown.
Ableforth Bathtub Gin
Worry not, this wonderfully-named gin doesn’t actually come from an actual bathtub, but it’s not far off.
Made using a traditional method known as cold compounding, the ingredients are infused in a copper pot-still spirit, making the navy-strenght gin the winner in the “Best Compound” category. It also comes with a fantastic bottle hand-wrapped in paper, twine and wax.